How to Clean Out a Garage
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How to Clean Out a Garage

Posted on Friday, March 7th, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Spring is the best time to clean out your garage. Here are some tips to help you get started. Spring is the perfect time to clean and organize your garage. The weather will become comfortably warm and the snow will have melted. Cleaning and organizing your garage can save you money. Your can park your car inside it, and it will need less trips through the car wash. You won’t end up buying duplicates of things that are stashed somewhere in your garage.

Steps for Cleaning Out a Garage

Step One: Take it All Out.
Is your garage packed with “junk”? Now is the time to sort through it. Set up some tarps in your backyard. One is for the stuff you will keep. Another is for the stuff you will be donating. The third is for stuff that is broken, unusable, or missing pieces. Those items will be recycled or tossed in the trash.

Start by opening up the first box you can easily reach. Don’t spend a lot of time on decision making. If you have never used an item it means you don’t need it and should donate it. Make sure the things you donate are in good condition and that they work. Some families may need to start another tarp that will hold things that belong to a family member who no longer lives there. Call that person to come pick up their stuff.

Step Two: Clean the Floor.
Martha Stewart has some excellent tips for cleaning outdoor floors. Start by sweeping away debris.

Does your garage have a concrete floor? You can remove an oil stain by putting some paper towels over it and then covering the towels with cat litter. Leave it overnight. Repeat the process if some of the oil stain still remains. Need to remove moss and organic matter? Mix one part chlorine bleach to 10 parts water. Apply it to the moss.

Step Three: Organize the Space.
Everything needs a specific place to go. Create a tool wall to store hammers, saws, pliers, and other large tools. Bring in some durable shelving units that are designed to hold a lot of weight. Put similar items into a plastic bin that has a lid. Label each bin so you can easily find what you need later on. For example, the bin that holds ornaments and other holiday decorations can be labeled “Christmas”.

Want to fit your car into your garage? Leave an empty space for it. Don’t forget to account for the space you will need in order to open doors. Resist the urge to fill that space with clutter. Consider storing sports equipment in the rafters or on the wall of the garage.

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