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An Efficient & Time-Saving Approach to Organise Your Garage

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Have you been using your garage for more than just a place to park your car? Perhaps you’ve allowed a whole lot of miscellaneous items to make the garage their permanent storage space over years, therefore leaving the place in a complete and utter mess! Well, regardless of how or when it happened, if your garage has suddenly turned into a disorganized nightmare, it’s time you did something about it!

At first, it might seem quite overwhelming to organize your entire garage in one day, however, with the right approach, it can be accomplished in a much more systematic manner. The key is to break it down into smaller, feasible tasks that support the end goal - getting your garage organized! Once you find your groove, we guarantee that you will have no trouble in getting the rest of the job done to your satisfaction.

So, to learn how to organise your garage in a few easy steps, the guide below will be of great assistance. Let’s begin!

Step 1: Empty Out the Garage

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Whether you are organising a small garage or a two-car garage, the task is made easier when you have an empty space to work with. This means clearing out the garage by carrying all the items outside. For this, a helping hand would be really useful and time-saving. Start with large items, and then clear out smaller things. Needless to say, your car should also be moved to the driveway or parked elsewhere so that you have enough space outside your garage to temporarily accommodate its contents.

It’s important to start organising your garage as early in the day as possible because it may take some time if you are working alone. If, for some reason, you know that it will be more than a day’s work, consider emptying and organising one half of the garage instead.

Step 2: Organise Items Outside the Garage

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At this point, it is advisable to begin organising your garage items by simply categorising or segregating them, and boxing up as many things as you can. Large, see-through containers are also a good option for organising and storing smaller garage items, specifically ones that you are likely to use more often. 

It helps to do this outside the garage because you will have more space to work with while putting things back will also be easier since they have already been packed into boxes or containers. It should also be mentioned that organising a garage entails purging your belongings. Over the years, households tend to collect a lot of useless items that, lo and behold, end up in the garage! So, use this time to carefully consider what’s worth holding on to, and what needs to go. 

Step 3: Clean the Garage from Top to Bottom

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Cleaning and organising go hand in hand. The last thing you want is to have a well-organised garage space that is still covered in dirt and cobwebs, right? Of course, garage cleaning isn’t the same as cleaning household interiors; you may be dealing with layers of dirt, stains, and even stubborn car grease. With that said, hiring a garage cleaning service that will get the job done faster, and to your satisfaction, is definitely worth considering. 

On the other hand, if you’ve got the time and tools for the job, use the garage cleaning guide below to complete the task thoroughly and efficiently:

  • Use a long-handled broom to remove cobwebs from your garage ceiling and walls. In a similar manner, you can dust the interior walls and ceiling of the garage for a thorough clean. 
  • If you have a window in your garage, dust and wash it with warm, soapy water. Any wall-mounted fittings like shelves and racks should also be dusted and cleaned with a damp cloth.
  • Depending on your garage floor finish, you must clean the surface by sweeping or vacuuming it, followed by spot treatment to remove grease and other stains. A power wash of the floor is also recommended for a thorough clean. There are various methods to clean a concrete garage floor, however, it is important to pay attention to the type of finish you are working with to ensure that the right cleaning products and tools are applied.
  • Allow the floor to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Step 4: Organise Boxes and Items Inside the Garage

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The last step is putting everything back into the garage. If you paid heed to step #2, you should have most of your garage items already organised in boxes and other storage containers. For miscellaneous items that are yet to be stored, we urge you to place them together in a box in order to minimise the number of random things left lying around. This is your best bet for keeping clutter out of your garage which, in turn, discourages others from dumping things in the room. Speaking of which, how you organise everything in your garage also matters.    

Avoid stacking too many boxes/containers unless absolutely necessary. Use wall space practically by keeping frequently used items easily within reach or toward the front of the garage. Large items like ladders, lawn mowers, etc, can be organised in one corner or wall of the garage so that boxes and containers can be neatly arranged around the rest of the room. 

Ultimately, the best way to organise a garage will depend on how big the space is, and what you have in it. In a bid to summarise the key aspects of garage organisation, one must remember to:

  • Get an early start to the day so that you have enough time to organise the entire garage in one day
  • Empty out the garage first by transferring all the contents to your driveway or an open where you can sort through them comfortably
  • Purge and organise the contents of your garage with the help of boxes and storage containers
  • Deep clean the empty garage from top to bottom
  • Place everything back neatly with large items on one side, and boxes and containers organised flush against other garage walls

Regardless of what the space currently looks like, the information in this article will serve as guidance on how to organise your garage using an efficient and time-saving approach!

Adriana Aziz is the operations manager at MaidForYou. With over 6 years of experience managing cleaning operations, she knows all the best hacks when it comes to cleaning residential and commercial buildings. With expert experience in managing house cleaning operations, interior design and logistics. She spends her free time with her family and as a freelance food critic.

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