Today marks the official start of the spring season, and with that comes spring cleaning! When it comes to spring cleaning, many overlook their garage. Don’t neglect your garage this year. Follow these 6 simple steps from Men’sHealth to get your garage clean:
1. Assess the Mess
Pick a sunny morning to pull everything out of the garage and take inventory; you’ll immediately see what you no longer need.
Divide into categories keep, garbage, recycling, and sell/give away. Make a yard sale pile for duplicates or items you haven’t used in at least 3 years.
2. Throw Things Out
Dispose of items that are broken and can’t be fixed, or are too old to be of use to anyone. Make a separate pile for toxic or recyclable stuff—car batteries, old mower gas—and dispose of them responsibly. (Visit earth911.com for recycling advice and resources.)
3. Zone Your Space
With the garage clear, try to visualize where the big things (workbench, mower) might fit. Also, designate areas for specific items you need regular access to—yard tools, for instance. For more organization tips, read Garage Makeover: S.T.O.P. Clutter.
4. Freshen Up
Hang pegboard for small tools, and metal reels for hoses and cords.
Treat the floor with an epoxy coating, such as gray UCoat It, which takes 4 to 12 hours to dry. This finish prevents spill absorption and makes cleanups easier.
5. Mobilize Your Gear
Pull out a black marker and make a label for any box or bin with contents that are not immediately apparent.
Place large items (cabinets, plastic bins) on plywood moving dollies.
6. Show it Off
Invite your pals over—and make sure they’re jealous of your organizational skills.
Can you share any spring cleaning tips for the garage? Please let us know in the comment box below!