Spring Cleaning Tips for the Garage

Happy man in organized garageAccording to the U.S. Department of Energy, we’re a bunch of pack rats. While they didn’t put it in those exact terms, their statistics revealed that ¼ of the homes with 2-car garages can’t fit a car inside. 1/3 only have room for a single vehicle. If your garage is a cluttered mess, you’ve come to the right place. Check out our garage spring cleaning tips and reclaim that wasted space.

Cleaning Your Garage

The first thing you’ll want to do is empty the garage completely. You can use your driveway, lawn and porch as temporary holding areas until you get ready to sort things. Removing everything will give you a much better idea of just how much stuff is hiding in there, and you’ll be able to do a much more thorough job cleaning with nothing in the way.

Then, work your way down from the top. As you knock down cobwebs with a broom and dust, you’ll just end up dirtying the floor below. There’s no sense in cleaning it twice. If oil or something else has left stubborn stains, you can try kitty litter or sawdust to soak those up. Once you’ve swept everything away, you can mop the floor or just give it a good rinsing with the water hose.

While the floor dries, it’s time to take a proper inventory of all the stuff you cleared. If there are broken appliances, tools or other items, really consider whether or not they’re worth salvaging (and if you’ll ever get around to doing so). Sort items into keep, discard and donate/sell piles.

After you’ve trimmed the fat, start organizing the keepers. Make sure items you need frequently are more easily accessible, and group like items whenever possible. It’ll be a whole lot easier to track down a tool or lawn care item if it’s right there with all the others.

Finally, lay out a schedule for regular maintenance of your newly cleaned garage. If you stay on top of it, you’ll be able to keep big messes from mounting up again!

Self-Storage For Garage Items

As you sort and organize, you may discover there are a number of items you really don’t need lying around for months at a time. Holiday decorations and other winter items would be just fine sitting in a storage unit for most of the year. During the winter months, you probably don’t need the lawnmower, lawn chairs, patio furniture and other warmer weather things taking up precious garage space.

Canal Road Self Storage can help! With storage units available in a variety of sizes, we offer short-term and long-term solutions to fit your needs. Our facility is clean, safe, secure and at your service. Stop by for a tour and to ask any questions about your unique storage needs. We pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service and look forward to serving you.


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