So, the garage might not be top on your to-clean list, but if you don’t stay on top of it, it can become a giant black hole of stuff you don’t need but don’t know what to do with. Do you have one of those garages you can’t fit the car into?
The most important step in cleaning your garage and keeping it that way is decluttering. DON’T throw things out in the garage you don’t know what else to do with. Just don’t do it! If you can’t find a home for something inside your house, you probably don’t need to own it.
Putting up hooks and hangers for all of your shovels and extension cords, etc. is pretty easy on the wallet, and makes a world of difference, not only in how orderly your garage looks, but how clean your floors stay.
Speaking of floors, sweep out and scrub the garage floor once or twice a year to keep it in good shape. Leaked fluids and dirt can degrade the floor over time, and a clean floor just looks nicer! Simple Green works great on cement and epoxy garage floors. I use a push broom to sweep the garage out, and a regular broom to get corners, then go over anything I missed with the Shop Vac. I find a rag mop works the best.
Another tool I use in the garage is one of these to knock down cob webs. We have an attached AND a detached garage, so keeping the creepy crawlies out of the garage helps to keep them out of my house.
I know I am a cleaning nerd, but pulling into an orderly garage and not having to worry about tracking anything from a dirty floor into my house makes for a pleasant arrival home.
Cleaning the garage may not be on the top of your priority list, but don’t overlook it as you clean your house.
This is day 22 in my series 31 Days To A Clean House