Tips for Cleaning & Organizing Your Garage

A garage is a great, functional space that can serve many purposes. It is a place to keep your car, store outdoor gear and unused furniture, and keep an extra refrigerator or freezer. Keeping a garage clean is challenging yet vital. Things can get messy quick, and if a lot of stuff is stored there or it is used as a workshop, it can be a bit challenging to keep it clean and organized. To help, we provided a few tips for keeping your garage clean and organized. Let’s take a look. 
 
The first step in cleaning a garage is emptying it of basically everything. Once it is clear, you can begin the task of cleaning. As you clear out the garage, it is also an opportunity to start the organization process. You can stack the items according to what you want to store together once the garage is clean.
 
After the garage is cleared, it is time to start cleaning. It is wise to start from the top and to work your way down. Spiders and creepy crawly bugs are known to live in garages, and the ceiling corners are a favorite spot for spiders and their cobwebs that come along with them. Many people use a broom to reach those high corners, and clear them of cobwebs and any other unwanted thing that has found a home in that space. You can also brush light fixtures and check the garage door hardware for build-up or mechanical defects. 
 
After you have done a thorough cleaning and checked the ceiling and items that are high, it is time to pay attention to the walls. You can use a large sponge to wash the walls and windows. The next area of focus would be the floors. With a good mop and warm, soapy water, you can mop the garage floor. There will probably be some hard to remove stains, and a wire brush can sometimes work for scrubbing stains. If not, there is always the option of buying a commercial oil stain remover.
 
The final step is organizing the garage. Some favorite items used for storage in a garage are mounted ceiling hooks, wall shelves, and stacking containers. An effective way to organize is to group items by how frequently they are used. Three categories you might consider are long-term storage items, seasonal items, and items that are regularly used throughout the year. Once you have categorized your items, you can store the long-term storage items at the back of the storage space, and seasonal or often used items towards the front of the storage space making them easily accessible.
 
It is incredible how much difference a clean and well-organized garage makes. These are just a few ideas to help with the process. 
 
Are you an organizing expert? We would love for you to share your advice and expertise with other readers in the comment section. Thanks for reading! 

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