Ahhhhh, Spring! It’s an opportunity to throw open the windows, let some fresh air in, and make our homes garages clean and efficient spaces. If your garage is being used to store everything but the car, it’s past time you started spring cleaning the garage, clearing the clutter and establishing some designated storage spaces. We promise you will enjoy your new and improved layout for years to come. Your car will certainly thank you.
Step #1: Declutter
If you’ve used your garage more as a storage unit for “stuff,” instead of a place to park your car, then this is the perfect place for you to start. Over the years we all collect random items for this reason or that, and then when we can’t find space in our homes, we toss them in the garage and close the door. This necessitates the need to declutter. To do this, take a good look at your belongings, and ask yourself:
Do you love it? Then it’s a keeper.
Is it something you find useful? Then it’s a keeper.
Did you use it today, yesterday, and last week? Then it’s a keeper.
Now, if you pulled it out to find it covered with layers of dust and cobwebs, then it’s probably time to let it go. Toss broken and expired items. Donate items that you either have too much of, haven’t used in some time or that don’t serve a useful purpose. Donating to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army helps someone else and provides you with a donation receipt you can use at tax time.
Step #2: Organize
Now that you’ve separated your trash from your treasures, the real fun can begin; organizing the space. First, figure out how much space your car(s) will take and then work with what’s left by placing like items with like items in designated spaces. A great way to maximize space is to add some garage shelving units. Overhead storage racks are a good idea for storing items you don’t use very often (e.g., holiday décor, etc).
Frequently used items, such as shopping bags and pet leashes, should be kept within reach. Tools are best stored on the wall using peg board. We recommend storing items in clear boxes with labels for easy reference down the road. You can label the shelves too. This will also allow you and your family to put items back where they belong after using them; saving you time and money (if you can’t find it, and need it, you’ll replace it).
Step #3: Clean
When was the last time you cleaned your garage door? A clean, well-maintained garage door can do wonders for optimizing your property’s curb appeal, as well as its value. On that note, grab a wet cloth and get to work on both sides of the door, paying special attention to any built-up grease or dirt. One cup Dawn dish soap to five gallons of warm water is an effective degreaser. Rinse thoroughly and allow it to dry.
Step #4: Hire a Professional
Though these are some simple steps you can take on your own to keep your garage clean and organized, it’s important to have the door routinely inspected and maintained by a professional to ensure it functions safely. A garage door repair professional will adjust springs and cables, lubricate moving parts, tighten all hardware, tracks and hinges, test the safety sensors and reversal, as well as troubleshoot other issues.