Now that the temperatures are warming and the flowers are starting to bloom, it’s natural that you may be thinking about sprucing up your home. Spring is a time of new beginnings, so why not work on getting your home newly cleaned and organized? Spring cleaning is a big job, and getting it done right is largely a matter of getting a good start. Take a look at a few reasons why it makes sense for your spring cleaning to start in the garage.
Get Rid of the Dead Weight
What’s the one place in the house where you’re most likely to find things to get rid of while you spring clean? If you’re like most homeowners, the answer is the garage. It happens naturally – after all, the garage is the place where you put things that you’re not using in the house currently, but that you’re not ready to give up quite yet. Some of those things will eventually make their way back out of the garage, but others will just sit there until you eventually decide that you don’t really need them anymore. It’s a good idea to sort through your stored items periodically and get rid of anything that you aren’t using. A good rule of thumb is that anything you haven’t used for a year or more is something that you probably won’t miss when it’s gone.
Since the garage is the most likely location for items that you can get rid of,it makes sense to start there. Once you clear out some of the things that you can easily get rid of, you’ll have more space to work with, which can make the rest of your spring cleaning go a little easier.
Another benefit of starting in the garage is that it gives you a chance to get organized. Unlike most rooms in your house, the garage contains a lot of different types of items. While the kitchen mostly contains kitchen items and bedrooms usually contain items belonging to just one or two family members, the garage tends to contain items from all over the house and items that belong to all of the people that live in the house, as well as tools, lawn and gardening equipment, automotive equipment, and outdoor items. This variety can make the garage a challenging space to organize.
Chances are, as you spring clean the rest of the house, you’ll find new items that you want to move into the garage. Organizing the garage first ensures that you will know right where to put those things when you find them. Starting in the garage also means that your garage cleaning won’t be an even bigger chore when you do get to it – after all, if you do the garage last, you’ll have to organize all the new things you put in there, as well as the original mess. Plus, taking on such a challenging space and making it clean and organized can give you a feeling of accomplishment, which can help give you the motivation you need to move on with the rest of your spring cleaning.
When you’re spring cleaning, you have the chance to move everything out, which means it’s also a good time to consider any garage renovations that can help you keep your garage clean and organized. Contact us to schedule your free design consultation.