Tips for Garage Cleaning & Organization
Your garage is often the last place in your home to get cleaned. And like any project you’ve put off for too long, cleaning your garage can seem like a massive, impossible task. That’s especially true if your garage has turned into a home storage unit, with items hastily stuffed here and there. Even if you’ve kept your garage in good order, it can be a tough project.
To help with your next garage cleaning, the team at Maid Right has put together the following garage cleaning tips, plus tips for how to organize your garage to make your next cleaning easier.
Garage De-Cluttering Tips
Did you know that most Americans consider their garages cluttered and overfilled with stuff? And that nearly a third of Americans can’t even fit a car in their garage due to the volume of items they’ve stored inside? It’s little wonder that most garage cleaning projects start with a thorough de-cluttering.
To get started with your garage cleaning project, start taking items out of your garage and sorting them. Set up piles for items you want to keep, items you want to donate (or sell), and items that you want to throw out. Consider using the KonMari method to seriously cut back on clutter and junk.
It’s best to sort items on a dry day, when you’ll be able to keep items on your driveway without risking damage. This way you can leave items outside during your garage cleaning.
Garage Cleaning Tips
With your items outside, perform a thorough cleaning of your garage. While you don’t need to clean as deeply in your garage as you would in your living room, you will want to clear out the dust, dirt, and grime that’s built up over the months. Start with a thorough dusting. Since your garage will likely have a fair amount of dust, use a damp microfiber cloth to trap dust, rather than risk stirring it up.
After dusting, vacuum the floors, then use your vacuum’s attachments to clean corners and tough-to-reach areas. Once you’ve done this, clean your floors. Most garages have concrete flooring, which can be cleaned using a hard bristle broom and detergent or with power washing. If you’re looking to remove oil stains, consider using a trisodium phosphate mixture.
Garage Organization Tips
Now that your garage is clean, it’s time to donate, sell, or toss any items you’d like to get rid of. For the items you want to keep, you can take this opportunity to organize your garage, making your next garage cleaning easier.
Some of the best ways to organize your garage include:
- Plastic Bins. For organizing (and stacking) items.
- Track Shelving. Which can be easily adjusted to different storage needs.
- Wall-Mounted Pegs. For tools and items you want within arm’s reach.
- Metal Shelving. Metal shelving is affordable, sturdy, and keeps items away from pests.
- Closets & Cabinets. Especially helpful for keeping items dust-free.
One final tip: consider changing your garage’s lighting if you find it hard to locate items in your garage. A switch from a dim, flickering bulb to a bright and warm light source can make all the difference.
Now that your garage is clean, it’s time to bring a better clean to your home with help from your local Maid Right. Call your Maid Right today at (855) 624-3744 to be connected with your local office for a free house cleaning estimate.