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Clean Your Garage.

posted in Home & Garden
06/05/2015
  • It’s normal for a garage to turn into a glorified storage closet, holding everything from Christmas decorations to child’s toys. Designate time to clean your garage so you know what to keep, what to throw away and what needs a good dusting. With a clean garage, you can utilize it to its fullest.
    It’s normal for a garage to turn into a glorified storage closet, holding everything from Christmas decorations to child’s toys. Designate time to clean your garage so you know what to keep, what to throw away and what needs a good dusting. With a clean garage, you can utilize it to its fullest.
  • First, analyze your possessions. You’re going to put them into three categories: 1) Items to keep 2) Items to throw away and 3) Items to give away.
    First, analyze your possessions. You’re going to put them into three categories: 1) Items to keep 2) Items to throw away and 3) Items to give away.
  • Take a look at the “Items to keep” pile. Go through everything and sort it into piles. For example, have a pile for tools, a pile for ornaments and a pile for old sports equipment.
    Take a look at the “Items to keep” pile. Go through everything and sort it into piles. For example, have a pile for tools, a pile for ornaments and a pile for old sports equipment.
  • Do an audit of your belongings to determine what type of storage would work best for you. For example, if most of the items in your garage are sports related, then you should opt for metal shelving and hanging hooks rather than large boxes.
    Do an audit of your belongings to determine what type of storage would work best for you. For example, if most of the items in your garage are sports related, then you should opt for metal shelving and hanging hooks rather than large boxes.
  • Also, think vertical. Is your garage high enough to add a shelf above your cars? If so, what would you store on that shelf? Remember, you’re trying to utilize your space.
    Also, think vertical. Is your garage high enough to add a shelf above your cars? If so, what would you store on that shelf? Remember, you’re trying to utilize your space.
  • Once you’ve assessed your needs, it’s time to shop. We recommend investing in clear storage bins, because you’ll be able to easily see what’s inside the bin. If you decide to opt for dark bins, be sure to label them correctly. Organize each pile into its own bin.
    Once you’ve assessed your needs, it’s time to shop. We recommend investing in clear storage bins, because you’ll be able to easily see what’s inside the bin. If you decide to opt for dark bins, be sure to label them correctly. Organize each pile into its own bin.
  • Focus on safety. Always store substances like paint, pesticides and auto fluids in their original containers. If they’re not in their original containers or if the containers are damaged at all, get rid of them. If you have pets or children, make sure that your containers are high and out of reach.
    Focus on safety. Always store substances like paint, pesticides and auto fluids in their original containers. If they’re not in their original containers or if the containers are damaged at all, get rid of them. If you have pets or children, make sure that your containers are high and out of reach.
  • Never store propane in a garage. Propane is highly combustible! Anything with propane should be stored at least ten feet away from the house.

    Never store propane in a garage. Propane is highly combustible! Anything with propane should be stored at least ten feet away from the house.
  • Follow ladder safety. If you’re storing a ladder, store it horizontally at floor level.
    Follow ladder safety. If you’re storing a ladder, store it horizontally at floor level.
  • Next, measure your space.You want to make sure that there is ample space for your car. Using chalk, draw a line from the garage door opening to where your car would be parked. Make sure none of the items you’re storing in the garage pass that line.
    Next, measure your space.You want to make sure that there is ample space for your car. Using chalk, draw a line from the garage door opening to where your car would be parked. Make sure none of the items you’re storing in the garage pass that line.
  • Now it’s time to focus on your floors. Sweep the garage and dust any items that were too heavy to move.
    Now it’s time to focus on your floors. Sweep the garage and dust any items that were too heavy to move.
  • Clean oil spills on the garage floor.
    Clean oil spills on the garage floor.

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