When cleaning the garage has moved to the top of your To-Do list, there’s always the temptation to find something else (anything else!) to do instead. It’s a big task, especially when seasons collide—out with winter trappings and in with warm weather gear. But actually, this is the ideal time to take stock of how you use your garage and see if better storage solutions could help keep your garage clean and organized so you can avoid marathon cleaning efforts. Premier Garage has practical tips for cleaning your garage as well as organization and storage ideas that will transform your space and make garage life so much easier!

Tip 1: You can’t clean what you can’t reach

When garage contents are piled, stacked, and scattered on the floor, it’s hard to make any headway with cleaning. By removing the garage contents, you can then clean walls, ceilings, cabinets, shelves, and the floor. Take everything out to the driveway or yard so it’s out of the way while you clean every nook and cranny.

Tip 2: Sort contents before returning to the garage

This step is important so that you don’t load up your garage with stuff you no longer need or want. Set up four collection areas—keep, donate, trash, or recycle—and sort everything. Save investigating the contents of every box or bin for another day, just focus on real space-eaters like garage sale leftovers, broken or duplicate equipment or tools, outgrown bikes or games, home improvement excesses like old light fixtures, and old furniture. Dispose of what needs to go in the trash, to donate or recycle, and dust off what’s left before it goes back into the garage.

Tip 3: Organize as you restock the garage

As you return all the “keep” items to the garage, think “organization” and create zones to store like items together. For instance, one zone could be for sports equipment, one for gardening supplies, one for car care, and another for stacked boxes. Slatwall wall storage in conjunction with garage storage cabinets increases storage options, especially in small spaces. Store seldom-used items up high and keep what you use most often within easy reach. Create low-level storage for the kids with shelves or cubbies so they can manage their own things like sports and hobby equipment.

Tip 4: Install a durable custom garage floor

Unfinished concrete in the garage makes it almost impossible to keep your garage clean. Surface cracks and crevices attract and hold dust and dirt and its porosity retains moisture. Easy-care custom garage flooring from PremierGarage will help keep your garage cleaner with a floor that resists spills, moisture, dust, and dirt. PremierOne epoxy floor coatings create industry-tough floors that beautify and protect your garage.

Tip 5: Implement storage and organization solutions if needed

Even with a sparkling clean garage, you may be faced with storage challenges to be able to keep it clean and tidy. Garage storage cabinets are ideal for organizing the entire garage. They capture vertical space with floor-to-ceiling cabinets and shelves to get everything up off the floor. Bulky items like camping gear, holiday decorations, bikes, and out-of-season sports equipment can store up and out of the way at ceiling level with overhead storage racksautomated platforms, and specialty lifts so your garage space is maximized for everyday living.

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