Garages are often used to store sports and exercise equipment, garden and household tools, toys, seasonal decorations, and anything else that might need to be temporarily stored. It can be challenging to keep the garage clean and organized. This is a guide for cleaning your garage.
Cleaning my garage is a big challenge. First of all I have promised myself that I will donate at least 2 hours of cleaning daily (unless a disaster happens). After doing my daily things like tidying up after breakfast, hanging clothes on the line, etc., I go to the garage and start sorting and emptying boxes and containers before it gets too hot.
I have my old kitchen cabinets adhered to the walls. A lot of the items that I will be keeping, will be placed there with each shelf cataloged into a binder with the item identified. I have boxes labeled throw out, donate, yard sale.
I have acquired lots of heavy plastic and or rubber containers to use for the keep items. These will be labeled so that the label faces the shelves that they are put on so you can see it right away without moving it.
One of my goals is to get rid of the cardboard containers as no matter how clean you are bugs eventually find their way into them. Also I am very careful to make sure that any woolen items are covered with an old cotton sheet as moths will not go through cotton.
I have a huge 2 car garage, and hope I can manage to organize it. So when the cold weather comes, we can park our car in there, protecting it from the cruel elements of the northeast. Wish me luck.
By Carol from Beverly, MA
I'm in the same boat as you. Your note is a great encouragement to me. If you don't mind, keep us updated on your progress. I need inspiration!! Have two other things big things I have to tackle right now but this is the next major area after I get through with these. Thank you for posting.
I know you can do this - We cleaned out and re-arranged two closets of adults clothes working 15 minutes a night for 10 nights! My husband couldn't believe it, but 'we' did it... meaning while I did the work he stood there and watched, ha!
I have a 1-car garage so organization is really important. I have 3 steel-shelving units that hold a lot, like my recycling boxes are on 1 unit, my sprinkler heads, garden items on another and miscellaneous items (like household cleaners) on the third. It's easy to find what I am looking for and I can still park in the garage!
Park your car in it? Oh, so that's what it's for! :)
Seriously, good luck. I did it - at least I've moved the throw-outs to the front.
No hope of getting a car in there but the bike fits!
Marg from England.
For a well-packed garage, allow several days for a complete job. I am a semi-retired remodeling contractor and rental property owner. Therefore my 2 car garage is packed right to the doors with tools and supplies.
To organize your garage to be a useful storage area, the best advice is to get rid of those cardboard boxes that conceal what is being stored. We have found clear plastic containers solve the problem of wondering what is inside.
Does a dirty garage floor drive you nuts? It does me. We go in and out through the garage. I hate it when people come in and drag dirt in on their feet from the garage.
I don't spend money on those vacuums for the garage, workshop, etc. I buy the old working vacs from garage sales, for no more than $4.00. They do the job just as well.
I keep certain things on hand when cleaning the garage, such as my camera, which I use to take pictures of things I want to sell so I can post them quickly. Of course cleaning supplies, and a large floor squeegee works wonders when mopping a garage floor to get it dry fast.