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Cleaning Your Garage and Garage Door

A garage, like a shed or any building outside the house, can be difficult to keep clear of clutter. By their very nature they are a dumping ground for a host of items that obviously do not belong in the house, as well as many that should be. Things get buried in them, put something in the garage and it could be soon lost forever.

Things are kept in garages because they have nowhere else to go or it would be dangerous to keep them in the house. There are things that should live in the garage, but can you find them?

Depending on your lifestyle, your hobbies and activities will make the contents of your garage a little different to anyone else’s. Garages also come in different sizes, some have doors into the house, some have storage space in the roof, and there are no two garages alike when you include the contents. But garages like any other place that clutter resides are not unconquerable with some effort, time and organization.

If you do keep your car in the garage put it outside if you can while you clean it, this will give you a space to work in and save the bodywork whilst you move things about. You will need some clear space to put the things that belong in the garage that cannot go where they live, because either it is still cluttered or it has no real home (yet).

Like any other room you need to pick a spot to start on. As we’ve said before “it doesn’t matter where you start, so long as you start.” If you really are stuck and cannot decide just put your hand out and whatever is in reach start with that.

Work for 30 minutes, and then go do something else; you can always come back later or tomorrow.

Remember this room contains many single items, they may be collected together in boxes, bags or piles, but they are all single items so deal with them as such, one item at a time.

A word of warning here, don’t do this in your best clothes, the things in here are likely to be greasy, oily, or just plain dirty and some of that dirt is bound to be on you at the end of your 30 minutes.

You are going to need something to put trash in, a container to put the things in that should be in the house, a large plastic bag for things to put through the washing machine, a container to put stuff that can be donated, a bucket of hot soapy water and some old rags (for cleaning). You might want to take the vacuum cleaner to deal with the cobwebs and dust.

Look at your first item … you must now make some decisions

Should it live in the garage?
Should it be in the house?
Should it be in the trashcan?

If it should be in the garage then before giving it a wipe over with the hot soapy rag and putting it somewhere in the garage or in its home if it’s still without a home consider some more questions:

Are you likely to use it? An old can of paint in a color you dislike is past its best or just old should be thrown out. That item that will only take a little while to fix, but has spent the past six months in the garage, is it really going to be fixed? You have lived without it for six months!

Does it belong to someone else? Put it somewhere so that the owner can collect it or you can return it. If you are storing stuff for people outside your household, it might be an idea to let the owner know that you no longer have the space. Why clutter your garage with other people’s stuff?

When was the last time you used it? If you haven’t used it in ages and cannot foresee using it in the future do you really need it?

If it should be in the house put it in your container but don’t wipe it with that oily rag, it can be cleaned in the kitchen sink if necessary later. If it can be put in the washing machine put it in the plastic bag.

If its trash put it straight in the trash receptacle, if you no longer want it and it could be donated put it in your donation container.

Deal with each item one at a time. Be honest about each one and make your decision with confidence.

When you get down to a surface, clean it, even if it is only a square foot of surface. If you have now reclaimed a home for an object that you have dealt with but is sitting in your pile of things to put back, now would be a good time to put the object back where it belongs.

If your 30 minutes are up or you have finished for today throw that dirty rag away, empty your bucket of water, put your donate box in the trunk of your car, put the bag of soiled laundry in the washing machine, wash the things that belong elsewhere in the house and return them to the room where they belong, preferably right to its home.

Now reward yourself, feel good about what you have achieved. Tomorrow is another day and you can return and do some more. It may take a while before the garage is finished, but with each step you are getting to that decluttered garage. You will get there.

Whilst you’re in your garage you might like to think about the way you store the things that you decide to keep. Are they just in piles on the floor, do you have room for a shelf or two, can things be hung on the wall, do you need a toolbox? People keep a variety of things in their garages and it’s the things themselves that will decide how best to store them and how often they are used.

To keep a garage looking organized and neat each item has to have an appropriate home. Up to now that home was the garage, someone needs to find it a home within the garage!

Remember, if you have any other questions about Cleveland garages and Cleveland Garage Doors or Ohio garages and Canton garage doors, call Action Door today.

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