Now the novelty of summer is wearing off, it’s time to put the summer sun to good use (or at least, the next time we see it). If your garage has descended into chaos over the colder months, it’s time to spend a couple of days getting it organised again so you can finally reach the deck chairs, camping gear and sports equipment you’ve been itching to use now the weather is warmer.
Working systematically, go through all of your boxes, bags and baskets – including the ones you’ve been avoiding for years! Whether it’s working your way from top to bottom or moving clockwise, stick to a system to keep you focused. Sort your findings into four piles; the things you need to keep, items you can sell, and pieces you can donate or bin. Be brutal. If you haven’t used it in the last 12 months, are you likely to?
Use clean rags to wipe dust and grime off of shelves, and use a stiff-bristled broom to dislodge cobwebs from the ceiling. Shift oil stains on concrete floors by covering them with a layer of sawdust or cat litter, and leaving it for 24 hours to absorb. Sweep it off, and leave concrete cleaner (or dishwasher detergent) on the marks for 45 minutes before scrubbing it away with boiling water.
Does your garage window let in a draught? Has your shelving seen better days? Is it a constant struggle to open your garage door? Before the weather takes a turn for the worse, get these issues addressed. Replace faulty windows, repair any wobbly shelves and get a technician to take a look at your garage door to get it back to its best.
Are you making the most out of the storage space in your garage? Instead of piling boxes on the floor and leaning tools against walls, consider racking, wall-mounted pegboards or slat walls. Look out for creative ways to use the ceiling of your garage, with bicycle hooks, rails and overhead racks all giving you more floor space.
Once you put the items you need back into their proper place, stand back and admire your work. You should be looking into a tidy and clean space where you can safely – and proudly – keep your car.