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Simple Tips for Cleaning Out and Organizing Your Garage

November 22, 2011

The next time you plan on cleaning the house, you may want to schedule a day for cleaning your garage as well. Yes, it may only be extra storage space and a place to safely park your car, but it is still a room inside your house, and cleaning it out will contribute to a sense of organization in your life.

More clutter is found in this room than in any other room inside your house. Cleaning out and organizing your garage will help you get rid of unwanted things and make it easier to spot the things you need. In fact, it might even earn you some money if you decide to have a garage sale.

So, here are a few simple tips for cleaning out your garage…

  • Schedule a day for your garage clean up. Though your garage may seem small, block out and dedicate and entire day to cleaning it…if you only give yourself a few hours, you will probably find yourself out of time and in the middle of a mess.  Allocating time will allow you to sort things properly and organize them into groups: recycle, keep in garage, sell, donate, and throw away.
  • Have your supplies ready, so you won’t have to go back and forth inside your house to get the things like plastic bags, container bins, cleaning solution, etc.
  • Clear out everything. Yes, everything must go. Removing everything from your garage will allow you to see the space fully, think of some possible changes and improvements, and not miss out on things that may be hiding in a corner.
  • Clean the entire room and even repaint if you need to. Anticipate needed storage, and if you plan on adding storage, make use of your walls first. Wall cabinets and racks are excellent storage ideas for a garage because they keep your tools off the ground and out of the way.
  • Organize your storage. This means allotting ample and appropriate storage for all your things. You can include a container bin for your recyclables. Another bin or cabinet for tools that you rarely use or that are not in season.  If you are able, install a tool rack on the wall on which to hang all your tools and use a small drawer for your bolts and nails.
  • Designate a place to store your harmful chemicals. This is particularly important if you have children or pets.  It is best to place harmful chemicals, and even sharp tools, inside higher cabinets or on top of wall racks, so they are out of reach.
  • Have a garage sale. There may be things that you no longer need, but they can still be useful to other people. Your neighbors will be able to buy what they need at a cheaper price, and you will earn a little extra money. A win-win situation.

Chris George
Oklahoma City Realtor

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