Just like you need to update the replacement windows on your Orange County, CA home, you also need to give your garage some TLC every once in a while. For most people, garages are the home’s catchall for storage, hobbies, projects, recreational equipment, junk, and lots of dead leave, car debris, and other dust and dirt.
In fact, about one in four Americans can’t fit their car in their garage! If you won’t want to be a statistic, use these tips for making your garage both useable and stylish again:
- Sort Into Categories – Take everything out of your garage and sort it into five sections: keep, donate, trash, recycle, and sell. If your sell pile is big enough, you can hold a yard sale to make some extra cash and show off your clean garage.
- Deep Clean – Once you’ve taking everything out of your garage, give is a thorough deep clean. Start at the top and work your way down. For example, sweep away cobwebs from the ceiling and walls, clean out light fixtures, and dust your shelves and then clean the floor. Don’t forget to wipe away oil stains with a degreaser and use a leaf blower to get rid of dust and dried leaves. You can also try using a pressure washer to really get rid of old stains and dirt.
- Clean Your Garage Windows – If your garage windows are very old and dirty, it might be time to invest in replacement windows. New replacement windows will help make sure your garage’s temperature is better controlled, which is better for your car, tools, and other equipment. If your windows are OK, give them a thorough cleaning. You can also add some window treatments to your garage windows to add more function and style.
- Organize Items– When you move everything back into your garage, keep it organized by separating them into different categories like tools, cleaning supplies, car accessories, holiday or seasonal décor, landscaping equipment, and recreational equipment.
- Invest in Storage – The best way to use your garage space well is to invest in high-quality storage. Make the best use of your space with shelves, drawers, and hanging hooks as well as plastic or metal bins that will keep the pests and grime away. Don’t forget to label everything!
- Clean Your Garage Door – Garage doors get messy, too. Use a brush or a sponge to clean your garage door with a mixture of gentle soap and water. Next, closely inspect your door for problems like rust, cracks, and rot. If you don’t see any issues, repaint your garage door for a fresh look. Don’t forget to inspect your garage door opener and lubricate the chain and screw.
- Get Some Help – Depending on the size of your garage and its condition, you might need some help cleaning it out. Don’t be afraid to hire helpers or conscript members of your family on a weekend with good weather.