Before anyone knows it, December is upon us here in Ontario. The last month of the year will be the busiest time for many families as, of course, it is the peak of the Holiday season. If you usually have friends and relatives visiting your home, December will be a jam-packed month of activities. This means that you need to clear more space inside your home to accommodate all the visitors who are coming over. In addition, weather forecasts reveal that the last week of December 2017 will be made-up of extreme and even record-breaking cold. The garage will most probably be your best friend or your worst enemy at this time. So preparing the garage before and during this time is crucial. Below are some cleaning and organizing tips and tricks you can use to ensure that your garage area will not turn out to be your Christmas nightmare.
Move “Non-Winter” Items in the Back Area
Chances are, the garage will be fully utilized this December so it will be to your advantage if anyone can go in and out safely and efficiently. The lawn mower, the inflatable pool and beach toys can be kept behind for a while as these will not be used during this time anyway. Just remember to empty the oil and clean out all the gas-powered equipment and tools before storing them during December.
Arrange Winter Tools and Equipment in the Front
Your snow blowers and shovels should be easily visible and properly arrange in the front area of the garage as these will be used often. Make sure that they are in working order and it will be beneficial for your sanity to make sure that you have extra units of these just in case you need replacements. A quick and easy hack is to install hooks and shelving for them in your garage for them where they can be prominently seen.
Your garage door remotes should always be in the same place all time because in the midst of all the activities during the festive season, the last thing you want to have a problem with is being unable to open and close your garage door in an emergency situation.
Set a Specific Area for Extra Winter Clothes, Shoes and Christmas Decorations
If you plan to entertain guests at your home, you need to make room in the house for them. With regards to the weather, it is forecasted to be of above-average snowfall and a White Christmas is sure to happen. Everyone needs to be bundled up so it is always a great idea to keep the extra pieces of winter clothing and snow boots in an area in the garage where it is accessible but protected from moisture.
By December, almost every household has their Christmas decorations up but if you need to keep some pieces on hand to add more items in the Christmas tree, keep things organized by packing them all in one transparent but sturdy box.
Keep tiny decorations inside empty plastic or glass jars. In this way, you do not have to waste time rummaging through one giant box for hours on end. You can also use this trick for storing stationery items like pens, glitter kits, glue sticks, and stickers. Same goes for items like screws, bolts, hinges and nails.
Clean As You Go
It will be crazy to think that you can still find time to clean your garage in December. Instead of going ballistic cleaning all the spills and mishaps, keep wet and dry paper towels in an easy to reach spot together with your mops and cleaning solutions. Clean one area at a time instead of spending an entire afternoon stressing about every area that needs to be attended to. Put boxes labelled clothes, toys, books, tools, and even a box for random items in your garage so people can just throw similar items into groups for easy organization. These boxes have to be away from your garage door at all times. Minimize the risk of having piles of stuff scattered in your garage which will cause chaos and even accidents during a busy time. Garage door repairs during the peak season of December can be troublesome especially with the weather conditions.
Free Up Space
The best way to have a clean garage is to free up space by donating some things which can still be of use and throwing out stuff which is just gathering dust and mildew. You do not have to do a major clean-up project but when you can manage to find time to gather everyone while being snowed in, why not reel in the Christmas spirit by starting a donation box in your garage so when the festivities are over, your family can drop off your donation.