How to tidy and organise your garage
Rid your garage of junk once and for all with our step-by-step guide to deep cleaning and decluttering your garage
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Perhaps because it gets so little traffic compared to the rest of the house, the garage can very quickly become a bit of an untidy eyesore.
It might be languishing at the bottom of your list of chores, but a clear out and some organisation will make the garage look a lot better, as well as making it more practical.
Keep reading to discover everything you need to get your garage in tip-top shape…
How to clean and organise a garage
The garage floor often becomes a carpet of clutter. Remove everything onto the driveway so you can properly sort through what you want to keep and what needs to be sold, donated or binned. Doing this will also reveal exactly how much space you have so you can assess how best to organise it.
Once you have a clear space, the next task is the deep clean. Begin by dusting. Get rid of spider webs using a soft duster (if you have kids who love creepy crawlies, then get them to help out with this step) and wipe down any shelving units or built-in storage.
If the walls are looking worse for wear, clean them up with a damp cloth dipped in warm soapy water. Then, tackle the floor. Either use a vacuum or a good old-fashioned broom to get rid of any leftover dust or debris, then mop it and allow it to dry fully. For a real spick and span garage, you could even give the walls and ceiling a fresh lick of paint.
For optimum organisation and easy access, separate your garage into zones. By arranging it this way you’ll always know where to look for specific items, whether it’s a gardening implement or a tool for DIY.
Depending on what you need to store, it might be easier to organise the space using shelves, cabinets, pegboards, wall hooks or a combination of them all. It’s probably wise to place your most-used items on open shelving units. You could also add storage boxes and label them for an extra neat and tidy finish.
Feeling inspired? Check out our guides to organising your kitchen and hallway as well as our round-up of storage ideas!