5 Simple Tricks to Keep your Garage Clean
A well-organized home is something we all want, but it’s hard to achieve. It takes quite a bit of hard work and dedication to create a sense of structure and style in each room while making efficient use of space. Beyond that, it can be difficult to make a habit of being organized. Most people have a few places in their home that they wish could be de-cluttered and clean, but any attempts to achieve those goals are quickly abandoned because it is just too overwhelming. One commonly messy area of the home is the garage, and while it might seem like an impossible chore to tidy it up, following these simple tips can set you in the right direction.
1. Go through the things in your garage regularly. A clean garage starts with developing good habits. Set aside time on a regular basis to go it in order to determine what needs to be kept and what can be thrown out. When doing this for the first time, begin to categorize the things you’re keeping. This means that things like rakes and shovels can go with other gardening tools, while helmets and water bottles can go with bikes and skateboards. Your initial sessions may take up a good chunk of your day if your garage is particularly cluttered, but subsequent dates may be quicker as you develop an understanding of where everything is located.
2. Store strategically. Once you have categorized the things that will stay in your garage, begin to plan out where you will keep them. Things that you use regularly should be easily accessible. Other things that you do not use as often can be tucked away in harder to reach places. Just be sure that you do have an idea of how to get to those things without too much hassle.
3. Use vertical space. The walls of your garage are great for helping you create a place for everything. By hanging things on these walls, you make them easily accessible while freeing up other space on your floor for items that cannot be hung.
4. Hang out. Speaking of hanging things, look to your garage’s ceiling as a potential place to store things that would otherwise take up too much floor space. You might be surprised by how many things can fit up there! Do your research on how to mount racks and other storage mechanisms to the ceiling before going this route, and be sure to place things in a way that does not get in the way of opening your garage door.
5. Invest in a storage solution that works for you. Whether it’s installing a series of cabinets, shelves, or pegboards, you will likely need a wall-mounted structure that can allow you to easily store your various categories of items, while also keeping odds and ends in their place. There are many types of storage units out there specifically designed for garages, so be sure to assess which one is best for your situation before making any major changes.
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