Remember, a clean garage is a functional one.
It is easy to overlook the garage because it is only used for housing cars and it is a separate space from the actual dwelling. Organizing can give the garage a renewed purpose.
SENSE OF URGENCY
Find a free day to your schedule within this month to clean up the garage. Cooler months of the year are preferred because it will not leave you too hot and sweaty. Do it as soon as possible because putting it off will only prolong the agony. Pencil it in and block off that day—don’t plan anything else so that your effort and attention are focused on your garage. You can also prepare by gathering people to help you with cleaning and materials needed like rags, brooms, dustpans, and disinfectants.
OUT WITH THE OLD
Items in your garage that are damaged and considered as trash must be taken to the nearest recycling center where they might just find a new owner. You can give them to friends or relatives, simply donate it to charity, or sell the pieces online. Many social networking sites are useful in advertising products and services. If lucky, you might just find the forgotten treasures: a long lost photo album, a cherished baptismal dress, or letters written longhand on yellowing pages. There is a thin line between trash and treasure, so always exercise restraint.
The legendary Bruce Lee said it best, “It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.” Employ storage solutions for necessary items like tools for cleaning, gardening, or automobile maintenance—clear containers with wheels will help you view the contents without the hassle of taking the lids off one by one and are great for transporting the things. Don’t allow the garage to become a catchall for random unwanted items like wrecked bicycles or nonfunctioning gadgets.
*This article has been revised for online reading. The original article appeared on the February 2014 issue of My Home Magazine. Get the e-mag version My Home Magazines on Magzter.