Garage Clean Up | Spring 2015

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.

garage clean up spring 2015

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!

garage organization spring 2015

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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.

elfa utility garage storage 2015

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.

elfa utility garage spring 2015

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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11 thoughts on “Garage Clean Up | Spring 2015”

  1. My sister has been watching your videos for quite some time and I have now become hooked! I just cleaned out my bathroom and placed my first order at The Container Store! Thanks for all your helpful suggestions! Keep them coming 🙂

  2. Thanks I don’t have a garage but I’ve found lots of tips that my granpa rents can incorporate into there’s and I am now hooked on the container store. We just got one close to us and no can’t believe I spent to hours there this last weekend I have found its easy to loose track of time . Looking forward to checking out there giftwrap wonderland this winter.

  3. I love all of your organization videos so much! They inspire me to tidy and organize my things even hough I am a naturally organized person. I really live how you schedule things like power washing the garage every May, it makes it easier if you have a designated time every year or month or week 🙂 Great video, shame about the lost footage but it happens to everyone! 🙂

  4. Fanastic garage organization!
    Thank you for the vdeo, really enjoyed to watch.
    Nice to see how well arranged and nice it is.

  5. Just out of curiosity- when you lean/organize do you listen to music? the radio? anything? For all of my non-thinking tasks (loading the dish washer, cleaning the kitchen, dusting, etc.) the time passes really quickly if I can listen to a book on tape, or talk radio, Just curious if you do the same!

    1. I actually don’t but I can see how others enjoy it. I get in the zone and everything else kind of tunes out.

  6. Hi!
    If you ever have the time can you do a video on how to put together DIYFish planners. I bought the following:

    D I S C O U N T E D 2015_Half Page_v2.2_w do2p_Full set – MON – 5.5″x8.5″ -Filofax Inserts Refills Printable Binder Planner
    and the
    D I S C O U N T E D 2015 Small Projects Management / Half Page half letter-5.5×8.5 – Inserts Refills Filofax Binder Collins.

    I am completely lost as how to print them, put them together, etc. Maybe I just feel overwhelmed. Anyway, you are always so detailed in your videos and very helpful!
    Thank you,
    Kim

  7. Another Great Job Jen 🙂
    I recently just had my garage power washed as well, and it’s always a great time to clean and tiddy up. I am really thinking I want to get a professional to come and epoxy the floor for me. I would just love the look of a shiny floor, haha, and I am really thinking it would cut down on the dust that accumulates. Have you ever considered something like that? Only downside, it’s pretty expensive.

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