Spring cleaning can start right now, and cleaning “from the outside in” is a common strategy for experts in tidying up. However, this doesn’t have to just mean within a single room.
Cleaning out your garage can kick-start a tidier 2019, and the winter months are the perfect time to do it. First, you’ll want to make sure your vehicles are secure outside, so cover up that Mazda sedan or the family SUV first. Next, follow these steps for a clean garage perfect for maximizing storage—or maybe even that hobby room you’ve been dreaming of.
- Check for oil stains. When you move the vehicles, you’ll probably notice some oil staining. If it’s fresh, this can be a reminder that it’s time for a vehicle maintenance checkup. However, you’ll also want to order some high-quality vehicle mats to keep your garage floor protected in the future. You also might need to order some special cleaning supplies to lift those stains. They can be an eyesore if you plan to sell in the future, or simply want to keep all of your home as clean as possible.
- Time to donate, sell, and clean. Cleaning out the garage starts with clearing clutter. Make piles of items that you can sell, donate, or that you want to keep (but also clean for storage). This will take some honesty with yourself and a commitment to steer clear of nostalgia. A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t used an item in a year, it can be sold or donated. This also goes for seasonal items like Halloween decorations. If you didn’t use them last year, you probably won’t this year. Items that you do want to keep should be cleaned (if necessary) and properly stored.
- Keep your storage labeled. Properly stored means in secure bins that are clearly labeled. You don’t want your future self to have to hunt for items. That’s what keeps them forgotten or rarely used.
- Try a new paint job. If your garage isn’t fully painted, or it’s worse for wear, a fresh coat of paint can do wonders. Choose a light shade to increase visibility. You’ll be surprised by how much a fresh coat of paint can change any room, including the garage.
- Ask yourself if shelving or other storage items will help. You probably aren’t making the most of your space if you don’t have shelves or other options for storage available. It’s time to finally mount the bikes on the wall or put together that metal shelving unit. It will help keep items tidy and easy to find.
- Give the entire garage a good sweeping and scrubbing. This final task will clean up any debris from installing mounts and shelving. It’s also when you can finally use that grease-remover and put down the garage mats.
Cleaning the garage can be cathartic and set you up for a neater 2019. When spring does roll around, you’ll be one step closer to having an entirely neat and clean home.