Have you been reluctant in cleaning your garage and storage areas because of the heavy effort it entails? It’s only natural for you to dislike doing this task considering the amount of the various stuff and debris that have been lying on its cabinets, nooks, corners and floor. But don’t be discouraged because there is a convenient way that you can spring clean these places without breaking your back. All you need is a system consisting of several easy steps that are revealed in this article and you will never need to spend extensive effort in having these areas neat and tidy for the rest of the year.
- Plan your work.
Before you begin your spring cleaning your garage and storage areas, it would be best for you to assess what needs to be done. If you know the current condition of these areas in your house, you will be able to plan your work beforehand. A task, no matter how big, will be easier if you have a plan of action. Conversely, no matter how small a job is, it becomes difficult if you just flay away into all directions. In other words, you can make the job of spring cleaning easier if you will devise a plan of attack.
Whether you are doing it alone, or with your wife and your kids, the job will be easier if you will assign specific tasks to each member of the family, according to their skills, knowledge and abilities, until the job is completely and satisfactorily done. But don’t be too strict with your rules as you would like the tasks to be easy for everyone as much as possible.
- Make a prioritized list of the spring cleaning tasks that need to be done.
Spring cleaning means it is only done once a year. And if you’re talking about your garage and storage areas, that could mean plenty of dirt and debris, aside from the typical items you store in these places. If you don’t make a list of the tasks and prioritize them, you will find that time will have flown away but you’re still not even half-way done on your garage and storage spring cleaning.
- Choose a good day to do your spring cleaning.
Remember, spring cleaning is a very heavy task therefore you need to ensure that things will not get even more difficult than they already are. So, schedule your day of spring cleaning preferably on a sunny day. There will be a lot of unwanted stuff that you need to get out of your garage and storage areas therefore you need that day to be cooperative enough so that you can do your job easily. Rains will surely delay the completion of your tasks since it will be difficult for you to throw the junk out of your house.
- Start cleaning from top to bottom
Of course, the floor of your garage is a lot dirtier than the cabinets and the cupboards. You might be tempted to start your spring cleaning right on the floor since it is the dirtiest spot. But if you do this, you will just waste your time. If your garage floor is already clean and then you start cleaning your cupboards and cabinets, the debris from these areas will fall down, and then you’ll have to clean the floor all over again.
- Be ruthless on the junk.
Admit it, unwanted stuff have accumulated on your storage areas and garage this past year because you really don’t want to throw some of them out. Perhaps they remind you of something nice and sentimental in your past. But if they’re not really that important in your present day life, they would just occupy space and gather dust in these areas, and may even present some health hazard to you and your family. So, you need to be cold and unemotional about these types of junk in your garage and storage areas. Throw them out if they are completely broken. Or if they are still useful, give them to the needy who will be able to put them into active use.
Hopefully, by following these five easy tips, you will be able to finish spring cleaning your garage and storage areas easily and without any trouble. But there’s another problem that you still need to face. With a tidy and organized garage and storage areas, you will have more spaces than you will need. What will you do with them? That is the subject of another spring cleaning article.