Let’s talk garages. At this time of year, it’s an area we get a lot of questions about.
If your garage has become a dumping ground for things like old paint cans, sports equipment, and seasonal tools, you’re not alone. But fear not, it’s the perfect time to reclaim your space and avoid future headaches.
Oftentimes, tidying up a garage can be done in a few sunny days, but when the job feels overwhelming, it might be helpful to call for backup to facilitate the process. Either way, remember: pace yourself.
Step 1: Take everything out of the garage, and I mean E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G
Take things off the shelves, clear the floor, and move everything onto the driveway into designated areas to group them by category (decorations, tools, sports, etc). If it’s not bolted or screwed down, take it out. By doing this, you’ll be able to see what you have and consider what you want to keep, throw away, or donate.
Step 2: Grab the broom and cleaning products
Now, it’s cleaning time for the floors, shelves, and windows. It might be tempting to skip this step, but it will help keep mold and mildew away and reduce dust accumulation and salt damage. You’ll also be able to look for any potentially troubling cracks in the floor or along the walls.
Step 3: Create zones
Much like you did with the zones in the driveway, you’ll want to create zones in the garage itself to help you locate things all year long. You might come to realize that the shelves you have aren’t enough for the job at hand. Things like peg boards, bins, or different styles of shelves or hangers can really save the day.
Of course, if you want a helping hand (no matter how big or small the job), we’ll bring our know-how, favourite products, and design and organizing expertise to you. It’s amazing how much lighter you’ll feel after taking back this space.
In an ideal world, we recommend repeating this process in the fall too, but we promise that it will likely be easier now that you’ve got this one under your belt!