Homeowners on the Gulf Coast love having a garage, but they don’t always love the chore of keeping it organized. Unfortunately, the garage is often one of the most neglected parts of a property. Not only does this make it difficult to find your lawn and garden supplies, but it can also make the area a safety hazard. Spring is the perfect time to change all that. From More Space Place Sarasota, follow these five easy steps to achieve garage storage, cleaning, and organization solutions that last!
1. Take Inventory of the Contents
While a garage is intended to be a place to store tools and landscaping equipment, it tends to become a depository of all the items that don’t fit anywhere else. Sporting equipment, camping gear, holiday decorations, and old kids’ toys are some of the most common items that find their way there.
The first step in your spring-cleaning endeavor should be to take stock of what you have. What belongs in the garage, and what should go elsewhere? Pick a day when you can expect clear weather and pull everything out of the garage and onto the driveway.
Next, divide it into designated piles in terms of where it will go, such as to the thrift store, the recycle bin, sold on Craigslist, the attic, the basement, the garbage, or back in the garage. You might even consider having a garage sale if you have enough items to part with. Be sure to take any hazardous waste materials to the appropriate disposal facility.
2. Make it Shine
A completely empty garage gives you the perfect opportunity to make it cleaner than it’s been in years. Scrub it from top to bottom, including clearing out the cobwebs from the rafters. Sweep out all the dirt from the floors and give them a good power washing. Make sure to let the space dry out before replacing your items to avoid mold and mildew growth.
3. A New Coat of Paint
This step is optional, but once the garage is completely clean, consider giving it a new coat of paint inside. At the very least, painting the floor can really give your garage a like-new feel, and it’s easier than you might think. You can paint it a grayish semi-gloss tone to simulate the existing concrete and completely eliminate any oil or paint stains from the past.
4. Spruce Up its Contents
Take a close look at what you’ll be putting back into the garage and clean any items that could use it. Tools can accumulate dust, dirt, and grime, and now is the perfect time to give them a good cleaning since they’re already out of the garage. Test any mechanical equipment to make sure it works properly, and repair anything that needs it.
5. Address Your Garage Storage & Organization Needs
Now is a great time to strongly consider investing in a custom garage organization and storage system. Assess your needs based on what you’ll be putting back into the garage. Do you need hooks for hanging tools, bicycles, or other equipment? How many shelving units and bins with drawers do you need for optimal garage storage? Consider your current and future garage organization requirements carefully and let the experts at More Space Place Sarasota help you create a system built specifically for your lifestyle.
Garages across Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte are naturally prone to disorganization. Use these five steps to spring clean your garage this year, and enjoy a cleaner, safer, and more organized space for many seasons to come! Contact More Space Place today to schedule a free in-home garage storage estimate.
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Summer is in full swing here on Florida’s Gulf Coast, and that means more time for fun and less time for cleaning and organizing your home. Like many homeowners in the Sarasota/Bradenton/Port Charlotte area, you might be experiencing garage clutter as a result of all the activity. More Space Place is here to help! Below you’ll find how to declutter and organize your garage in five easy steps.
1. Recruit Family Members Or Friends
First, make sure you don’t have to take on this project alone. Making it a family project or offering a few close friends dinner in exchange for their help will significantly speed up the process. Give each person a task to help make the job as efficient as possible.
2. Separate Your Items
Designate three different areas for all of your items–keep, donate, throw away. Go through everything and decide what you want to keep and what you don’t. If your garage is extremely cluttered, don’t be afraid to be aggressive in the “donate” and “throw away” areas. You likely won’t miss a lot of this stuff when it’s gone. If you want to collect things for a garage sale, make a fourth “sell” category.
3. Organize The “Keep” Pile
Now that you’ve narrowed down the items you’ll be keeping, it’s time to figure out where to put everything. Separate your items into related categories. Useful ways to do this include organizing things based on how frequently they’re used, and items that are used together. This will allow you to find what you need when you need it, and make sure your regularly used items are easily accessible.
4. Hang Bulky Items
One common problem in garage organization is finding a place to store the bulkier items so they won’t be in the way or take up valuable floor space. This is where the walls and ceilings come in handy. These larger items, such as bikes and kayaks, can hang from hooks on the ceiling or the walls. For those items you use less often, employ the ceiling. Many people in the Sarasota, Bradenton, or Port Charlotte areas like to use the wall for bikes if they use them more often. That way they’re much easier to access and put away.
5. Keep It Clean!
Once you’ve got everything cleaned and organized, do your best to keep it that way. You’ll be happier with your space, and you won’t have to do the big clean again anytime soon. If you’re ready to go further and create a custom garage storage system for all your items, contact the experts at More Space Place today! We offer free in-home estimates and design consultations.
Garage storage systems are a relatively recent invention, especially when compared with the cars, lawn equipment, tools, and other household goods that garages are meant to contain. If garage storage systems had been available a long time ago, like the ones offered today by More Space Place®, the state of this garage might have been prevented!
It’s never too late to save any garage, of course. Garage storage systems can be designed and built for brand-new residential construction, but they also can be retrofitted into older, existing garages. In the extreme case of this garage, it’s easy to see that some decisions first need to be made to identify and dispose of junk, and sell useful but no-longer-needed items. Once those things are done, hope does indeed remain for problem garages like this one.
A Place for Everything, and Everything in its Place
How does a garage or workshop deteriorate to such a cluttered, disorganized state? For one thing, it happens over time – neglect and procrastination like this take most of us years to achieve! The messiness really is just the result of lacking the right storage in your garage to organize the things that belong there. Garage storage systems are the way to solve this problem.
Garages typically become the catch-all for a crazy mix of all sorts of household items. From Christmas decorations to lawn chemicals, hand tools to hardware, and power equipment to sporting goods, a neglected garage can begin to look more like a Wal-Mart store after an earthquake. It doesn’t have to be this way. Garage storage systems by More Space Place create the space and the place for everything your garage contains.
Garage Storage Systems Can Even Make Space for…
Getting organized in the garage or workshop the “More Space Place way” always starts with custom design – these garages are not created from do-it-yourself kits. Cabinets and wall panels are measured, built, and professionally installed according to the needs and nuances of each garage’s construction. From there, storage accessories of every shape, style, and purpose imaginable are added to these garage storage systems, always with the homeowner’s specific needs in mind.
The end result of an organized garage, designed and installed by More Space Place, is one where you can find the things you’ve stored, move around without tripping, and get indoor or outdoor projects started. You will reclaim useful space in your home that you may have given up on.
And let’s not forget the main reason homes have garages in the first place: parking! Join the multitudes of More Space Place customers who have used garage storage systems to recover storage space for their cars. In addition to the security and protection from the elements you gain for your automobiles, you’ll enjoy the pleasure and convenience that goes along with garage parking. You’re going to like it!