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Three Pro Tips for Garage Organisation & Cleaning

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If you have a car, the odds are high that you wouldn’t want to keep it outside when not using it. Instead, you would like to keep it safe from bird poop and damaging sun rays by parking your car inside. By parking your vehicle inside, you will also keep it way cleaner, and you will ensure that it is well-kept and well-maintained to serve you for a longer time. However, the garage space becomes crowded with tools, clutter, and items kept in storerooms over time. Like most people, there is a greater chance that your garage organisation has turned into a storehouse. We will give you our best garage organisation tips.

This situation might sound familiar to you. However, we have made a list of the important ways to keep the garage clean,Garage Organisation & Cleaning and Garage Organisation - garage organization tips clutter-free, and safe. Read on to learn more about garage organisation:

The Initial Cleaning Process

Despite the availability of a garage, only 30% of people park their cars inside their garage. And you might have already guessed the reason for this: their garage is full of stored items. And a majority of the accumulated stuff isn’t even needed.

That said, if you want to have more space inside your garage, you might want to set aside at least one full day for the cleaning process. You may also want to turn garage cleaning into a family project. And you can ask your kids or friends to join to achieve the task faster.

Once you have everyone on board, you will have to go through everything. This includes those packs that you left untouched and unopened from the day you moved into this house. Besides, you never know what you would find inside those new boxes – maybe some long-forgotten family heirlooms.

During the initial cleaning phase of the garage, make three piles of items.

  1. Place those items you need and want to keep in the first one.
  2. The second pile is for the items you want to donate or sell.
  3. And the third pile is the one that you no longer need and are ready to dispose of in the trash.

You can opt for a yard sale for the items in the second category if you don’t want to sell the items.

Besides, if you have too much trash to deal with, you can hire a disposal service to bring their dumpster. They help you eliminate the items that are no longer needed or valuable.

Which Items to Avoid Storing in the Garage

Undoubtedly, a garage is a great place to store some items and keep your car and cycles protected from the damaging UV rays. However, it is best not to store certain things in the garage for safety measurements.

For instance, we recommend avoiding storing paper and carton goods and moving them to a pantry. Instead, the primary reason is that paper goods are an excellent magnet for bugs and insects.

By keeping them out of the garage, you will maintain pests off the house premises.

Another common mistake regarding garage storage is the storage of paints. Understandably, keep the paint away from the cold and heat. And it is best if you store the paint cans in an area where the temperature remains mild. Furthermore, avoid placing the refrigerator in the garage. The garage is not air-conditioned, which is why putting the fridge there will lead to nothing but a massive energy drain.

The garage is also not a good storage spot for propane and pet food. Keep propane outside as there is a minimum chance to catch a spark and get ignited. Similarly, by placing pet food in the garage, you will only attract other animals and pests to the area who will be curious to sniff out the food and get their share.

That said, the best place for storing pet food is inside sealed containers in the pantry. You should gather all items stored in the garage and divide them into two portions: keep and throw. Put things in the “keep” basket you have used within the last month.

How to Safely Store Items in the Garage Organisation

When it comes to storing things in the garage, you will need to create a place first. While we strongly recommend making a floor plan for the garage and buying the best garage shelving, you will need to take some time and invest in space planning, including taking the dimensions and noting the sizes of the doors, windows, switches, etc. Doing so will better understand how you can use the garage space effectively, install garage shelving, and store items.

After drafting a floor plan for the garage, you should categorize things and see how you can place them inside the garage. For instance, you would want to position the heavier equipment in the corners of the garage, such as the lawnmower. At the same time, you would like to place the gardening tool inside a chest and the chemicals on the shelves.

Ideally, you must place the items used the most near the garage door, such as bikes, skateboards, etc.

Rest assured, feel free to put the rarely or seasonally used items higher on the shelves and away from the door.

We put loads of stress on garage shelves rather than closed cabinets because open shelves make everything readily accessible. Besides, unlike the cabinets, garage shelves don’t require extra space for opening and closing the doors. The frames are also cheaper than cabinets and won’t give you an excuse to go messy and keep your things disorganized as you would have done with the cabinets while taking advantage of closed doors.

While storing things safely in the garage and keeping everything organized, investing in window and door locks is recommended to keep burglars off the bay.



Written By: Georges Benoliel

Georges has been working in Wall Street for the last 16 years trading derivatives with hedge funds. He has been an active real estate investor for over a decade. Georges graduated from HEC Business School in Paris and holds a master in Finance from ESADE Barcelona.

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