Tuesday, 9 June 2015

5 Great Tips for Garage Organization

We have recently learned that National Clean Out Your Garage Day is slated for September 6th of this year, but we say, "Why Wait"?  The rain and storms from last month have finally ceased, the sun is out, and the spring temperatures are just right to tackle outdoor projects like cleaning out your garage.

Here are five tips to help you have a great looking, organized garage.  In no time, you will have a clean, roomy garage to park your vehicles, toys, or to even set up a man cave in!

1) The best place to begin of course is to take EVERYTHING out of the garage.  This will give you a blank canvas. Starting with a clean slate can help you decide which areas are best to set up things like vertical shelving, storage bins for the kids toys, or a small workshop area for tools.

2) Now it's time to decided what you want to keep, throw away, sell in a garage sale, or donate to your local charity.  When deciding to keep something, ask yourself:
  -Do I need this?
  -When did I use this last?
  -Does it still work?
  -Could someone else use it more than me?
If you are not sure of the answers to these questions, then it is time to sell, donate, or toss it! Be careful when disposing of things such as paint or other hazardous materials.  If you have these items take them to your local hazardous waste facility. A great place to dispose of these items in the Oklahoma City Metro area is Household Hazardous Waste Collections Facility off of SW 15th & Portland.

3) RENT A DUMPSTER! Call ahead and order a dumpster to be delivered the day before you start your garage clean out.  This way you have a big bin to toss your unwanted items. Even if your community has a Big Trash Day, it is often inconvenient to wait until that day arrives.  Renting a dumpster is more convenient than hauling your items to the curb and letting them sit for days before the local trash service comes by. It can also be safer and more affordable than taking multiple trips to the dump yourself.

4) So, now everything is out of the garage and you've decided what items will be kept or disposed. Now it's time to give your garage a good bath! Sweep the floors, remove the cobwebs, and hose everything off.  Make any necessary repairs, change light bulbs, and maybe even  give the walls a fresh coat of paint!

5) ORGANIZE! Now it's time to put the items you are keeping back in the garage.  Use as much vertical space as possible!  This is particularly important if you plan on storing your car in the garage.  You can find affordable shelving and cabinetry at your local DIY store. Keep as much stuff off the floor as possible. Move all seasonal items to the attic. Pick up some holders from the hardware store for brooms, rakes, and mops.  Heavy duty hooks can be installed for items like bikes, scooters, and weed eaters.  You can use old jars to store nails, screws, and bolts.  Be sure to label everything!  You will be so glad you did!

Now you are ready to enjoy your garage and the rest of your summer!

For dumpster rental information visit our website at okcdumpsterrental.com or give us a call at 405-640-4345.