Essential Guide for Cleaning your Garage Area
Cleaning out the garage can be a daunting task. Using a systematic approach (and giving yourself a few pep talks along the way) can make even the most unpleasant household chore more tolerable, You may need a heavy-duty rowenta staubsauger to do the job as well. so here are some tips to help you clean your garage.
- Prepare yourself. It’s a big job, so set aside enough time to get it done. Plan on taking it easy the next day- you’re likely to have sore muscles! You’re likely to be too tired to cook and wash dishes after a day of garage cleaning, so plan on pizza delivery or a Burger King run for dinner.
- Enlist the help of your family. The big question wit a messy garage is “How did it get this way?” The most common answer in any family is “He did it!”, followed by the second most common answer: “It’s her fault.” Basically, ‘you all’ helped mess it up, so you’re all helping to clean it up. If everyone pitches in to help clean it up, they’ll be less likely to mess it up in the future.
- Break it down in to small steps. Rather than become discouraged and give up before it’s done, set small goals. Think about what needs to be done and how much you can realistically accomplish in a certain time period. You may find it’s best to spread cleaning the garage out over a couple weekends. Other people will want to barrel through it as quickly as possible. No matter what your style is, breaking the task into steps is the most efficient way to accomplish anything.
- Gather your supplies before you start. You’re going to need a broom and dustpan, plenty of garbage bags, and storage containers. Gather everything ahead of time so that when the big clean-out day comes, you’ll be ready to get to work!
- Psych up! Sometimes we become a little too attached to our material possessions. Take a deep breath- there’s a good chance that you’re going to need to throw some things away! Mentally prepare yourself to haul things out to the curb, or at the very least start a pile of things whose status is questionable. Avoid simply moving your stuff from this side to that side. And avoid thinking that you’re going to fix something that’s been broken for more than two years.
- A place for everything and everything in its place. An old adage that makes a lot of sense in garage cleaning. This is an organizational skill that takes a little pre-planning and a little trial and error. Start by putting what you use most in an easily accessible place. You’ll find that this common-sense mindset is very helpful when it comes to organizing.
- Group like with like. Instead of having ‘everything’ strewn all over, designate a space for the tools and a place for the toys. There’s no reason for the hammers to be on one side of the garage and the screwdrivers to be on the other. Even if it seems easier to set it up that way initially, it’ll cost you a lot of time in the future.
- Make effective use of all your space. Hang peg board on the walls as a place to store flat items. If you have an older house, lay plywood over the rafters to make your own storage loft. You can also build or buy an overhead storage unit. All these ideas will keep your stuff nicely organized without taking up precious floor space.
- Don’t block the doors. It might seem like common sense, but I write that because my husband actually did that!
- Keep it clean! Cleaning the garage can become a monumental task if you let the mess in your garage get out of control. To avoid being overwhelmed, take steps to prevent the mess from accumulating in the first place. Put everything back, find a place for new things, and clean up after yourself on a regular basis.
When it’s all over, kick back and congratulate yourself! You did it!