Spring cleaning continues at the Ross house with a focus on the garage this week. I make a point of dedicating time to tidying, organizing, and cleaning the garage every spring.
I turn my spring cleaning attention to my garage every May in my annual effort to tidy up in this often neglected part of our home. Our garage tends to become a dumping ground for things that need to be sorted, especially during the winter months when the chilly weather deters me from spending much time in there. I book my handyman to powerwash the garage floor and our outdoor furniture every May, which is the kick in the pants I need to make sure I get it all cleaned up beforehand. The powerwashing takes care of the salt and grime that builds up every winter on our garage floors. It feels so fresh once the job is done!
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The organization of the garage hasn’t changed much over the years, so there wasn’t a lot of work to do in that regard. What I spent the most time on with this year’s clean up was sorting through things that hadn’t been properly put away or tossed over the long winter months. I had amassed quite the collection of cardboard boxes from the holidays, which I had saved to ship my charity auction items in. Now that the auction is over and all items have been shipped out, I was able to break down and recycle the remaining boxes. I also moved a huge lot of items to donate into the house to sort and bag for an upcoming donation pickup. Lastly, there were a lot of items that needed to be put away in the proper bin or on the right hook. Everything has a place either in one of my favorite Rubbermaid Roughneck bins on the Garage Storage Shelving from Frontgate or on the shelves and hooks of my Elfa Utility setup.
I keep our outdoor cushions and pillows dry and out of the way on deep shelves along one of the top corners of the garage. I usually wait until Memorial Day weekend to bring them out because of all of the rain we typically get in May. Storing them in this way keeps them out of the way but easily accessible by ladder.
There’s a wide range of hooks and attachments available through Elfa Utility that make hanging awkwardly sized items a breeze. I love how easy it is to store and access our shovels, hoses, ladders, and garden accessories.
If you’d like to see more of my garage and how I organize it, check out my coordinating video:
I hope you enjoyed this peak into our garage and how I keep it organized. I’d love to hear what organization/storage methods you use in your own garage and if you spring clean in yours every year as well.
Happy Spring Cleaning!
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