Time: 3 hours
This probably ranks high on your list of chores to put off until later, so definitely tackle it first. Mark Sunday, Sept. 12 on your calendar and participate in the second annual "National Clean Out Your Garage Day."
With any organization process, the key to cleaning is clearing away the clutter. Get rid of anything you haven’t used in two years, is broken, or otherwise considered junk. Use your driveway to look through everything you’ve piled into the garage. Then, group by use such as tools, garbage, and equipment.
Storage is key. “Make sure it’s organized, clean, and can fit cars too,” recommends Lou Manfredini, Ace Hardware’s home expert. Buy hooks to get as much as you can off the floor. Peg boards, wall shelves, rolling carts and wall hooks should be used whenever possible.
Manfredini suggests using blue painter's tape to map out where you are going to hang hoses, ladders, or sports equipment. This way, you’ll be able to place your hooks easily.
Staying organized will help you get the most of your garage all year long!
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