By Cole Johnson, Co-Founder and Operator
Dealing with your garage can be an overwhelming task, especially if it hasn’t been worked on in a long time. Whether your garage is stacked full of boxes from the floor to the ceiling, or you just need to get some items organized and the space cleaned up, there are several steps you can take to create a cleaner and more functional space. Here's our advice for taking care of your garage the Periwinkle way.
Start by starting.
It’s easy to walk into your garage and feel overwhelmed by the amount of stuff. It's also common to get stuck trying to decide how you want the end product to look. We recommend the following process to get started:
1. Move items away from the walls into either the center of the garage or the driveway.
2. Group like items together to make it easier on yourself when putting it all back. (Ex. Garden, sports, tools, automotive)
Tip: Clear plastic bins are perfect for holding smaller items that would otherwise be very time consuming to move.
Begin with the end in mind.
If you’re wanting to create a clean and functional space, then clutter and unused items are your worst enemy.
As you are moving and going through your items, try to create a donation pile for things you haven’t used in the last year. If it hasn’t been used in the last year, you probably won’t use it in the future.
Tip: For items you haven't used in a while, try donating them or selling them on Facebook marketplace.
Now that you have a cleared out garage and the walls and ceiling are free of obstructions, you have the opportunity to remove all the cobwebs, leaves, and dirt that has built up over time.
A great way to remove all of this is by using a shop vacuum. If you don’t have access to one, a broom and dust pan work great as well.
1. Start from the ceiling and knock down/vacuum anything on the ceiling, in the corners and on the walls.
2. Work your way from the back of the garage towards the front, and then use the same process for the baseboards/bottoms of the walls.
3. If you have access to the overhead garage door, clean that as well. Spiders, beetles, and dirt love to hangout in the cracks and crevices of the overhead garage door.
Tip: If you are wanting to do some painting, now would be a great time to prep and paint. This does take several extra hours, but a coat of paint really gives your garage a fresh feeling.
A blank canvas.
You are now able to create the space that works best for you.
1. Install your organizational tools.
You can either use existing shelving and storage solutions or install more. We always like to keep as much off the floor as possible as it really helps make the space feel bigger and is easier to clean. Standing shelves, ceiling racks, wall shelves, and wall tracks are perfect for helping you accomplish this.
2. Place items back into garage with organization and function in mind.
Now that you have the infrastructure in place, you can put your items in the location of your choice. Ease of use and functionality are good things to think about at this time.
Tip: Try to put the items you use most often in the most accessible places. While this sounds obvious, you'd be surprised how many people miss this.
Cleaning your garage can often seem like a daunting task, but following these steps will help you complete the process faster and more efficiently.