The goal to declutter and organize the garage is one that is often put off again and again. The challenge is often where to get started with the high piles of assorted items that have accumulated over time.
How should I organize and clean my garage?
A good place to start is by knowing exactly what is in there. Likely, it’s tools, lawn and garden equipment, pet supplies and maybe exercise equipment or an extra freezer or refrigerator.
Put like items together. You then have to decide what you will do with the different items. Again, sort out items into three piles. One should be of the things you wish to keep, another of items you wish to donate or sell online or in a garage sale and another of items to be discarded. Pack the items to be donated or sold in the same boxes and pack those to be discarded in another box. Put what can be recycled in recycle bins from the items you are getting rid of.
How will remaining items be stored?
Look at the items that you need to store and get the best containers to store them in. Boxes are not the best for storing some items. For instance, paints, antifreeze, pesticides and other chemicals should be stored on high shelves where children and pets cannot reach them and where they cannot be accidentally knocked off. If you don't have high shelves, put some up or call in a handyman to put them up.
Some items are best stored on hooks. This includes items like ropes, cords and tools for gardening and doing repairs or DIY jobs around the house. This makes it easy to find a tool that you need and to put it back. Most home improvement stores will have organizational kits and sets to hang on your garage’s wall.
What to keep out of your garage
Another sensitive item you may have in your garage is a gas grill that you tuck away there when it is not in use. Propane is highly combustible and when it becomes a gas when it leaks. This is a potentially dangerous situation because a cigarette, flick of a switch or spark of static electricity can spell disaster in form of an explosion. Ideally, propane grills should be stored away from the house.
Where do other items go?
The goal should be to have the garage floor and walls clear except for the shelves and cabinets. Put other items in sturdy crates, boxes or clear plastic chests where everything is visible.
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