Spring officially started a couple of weeks ago and Mother Nature has given us a perfect prelude to the new season ahead. Unseasonably warm weather and abundant sunshine has catapulted our dormant landscapes into a colorful parade of springtime blossoms slowly emerging in our yard.
Imagine this beautiful spring day and we don’t have to try hard because we are having them this year. You want to go biking, go fishing or even enjoy an outing with your family. When you enter your garage to gather your gear and go have some fun, you’re facing a tremendous surprise. Your stuff is all over the place, on the floor, messed up in the corner, misplaced in various drawers.
Spring cleaning is a thorough cleaning of one’s house at the beginning of the Spring Season, in traditional cultures, often in anticipation of some kind of festive events. As we have collected more gadgets and more stuff, spring cleaning has become a more complicated process. It not only includes an annual act of cleaning your house from top to bottom, but also the organization of cluttered storage spaces like the garage.
With all the inventions of modern technology around, we still haven’t discovered any magical one touch or click solution to spring clean the garage or really anything else.
Organizing your garage is as easy as figuring out where to start. Though for some this isn’t as easy as you might think. To do the job properly you first need to have some cabinets and shelves to store things in and on. You can also fasten hooks to the wall or hammer a series of nails to provide a place for hanging things.
Start by removing everything from the garage and then installing your storage cabinets and shelves. Then start sorting things and putting them in their place. The storing and sorting goes as follows.
Categorize each object and place it in a place specially designed for it. For example sporting gear should be placed in a cabinet or on some shelves. Tools should be placed in drawers or hung on to some peg boards. Be ruthless about throwing away and don’t think twice before you throw away anything that you haven’t used recently or anything that’s broken. If you haven’t repaired it yet, chances are you won’t repair it. Seasonal gear should also be sorted; boots and out-of-season coats should be organized in small closets.
The better you maintain and clean your garage, the longer it will last. The best way to get the most out of your garage is to maintain it regularly and, when you notice some clutter starting, to address it immediately before it gets any worse.
After you finish organizing, sorting and throwing away unwanted items you will be surprised to see your garage floor and corners again. Maybe your car will fit in the garage again. According to a 1994 study by the U.S. Department of Energy (and we won’t even explore what launched that study!), 25% of people with two-car garages didn’t park any cars in them and 32% parked only one. Were you one of them?
Pick a great day and get started and before you know it that mountain will be a thing of the past. Happy organizing!