It’s pretty common to cringe when you consider cleaning your garage. For many, the condition of the garage is a guilty secret. If garage space is becoming limited and getting so tight that the car won’t even fit inside anymore it might be time to get the clutter under control. Uncontrolled garage clutter can lead to garage door issues. When things are in the way, it’s hard to know whether you need garage door repair or it’s just time to clean!
Raleigh Garage Door Repair Company, Hanson Overhead: Tips for Cleaning the Garage!
Having a cluttered, stuffed garage is also a hazard for safety. Oftentimes, if the garage is too packed full, it’s hard to get the doors closed. This opens the door for burglars. It’s a proven fact that burglars look for open garage doors. This is the easiest place for them break into your home.
Also, if your garage door won’t close due to clutter in front of the sensors it’s hard to know when you need a garage door repair or maintenance work done.
Below are a few tips for fall-cleaning the garage. Hanson Overhead of Raleigh wants to help you get your garage cleaned and maintained. As soon as you’ve cleaned out the garage, be sure to call us to set up your garage door repair and maintenance appointment.
- Cleaning the garage can be a big job if you haven’t done it in awhile, so start with some groundwork first:
- Take an inventory of what your garage contains and how you’d like to organize the space.
- Make a pile of things that need to be trashed. Anything that is worn out or broken should go in the trash pile.
- Make a pile of gently used items that can be donated to the nearest outreach center or Good Will. Old toys or exercise equipment that never gets used and boxes of old clothes are great items to give to the needy.
- Make a pile of things that you plan to keep. These things should be neatly stored and organized. There is no point in keeping them if you can’t find them when you’re ready to use them.
- Begin at the car entry door and work back. Keep the most useful items like tools in front. Anything you won’t use for six months or more can be positioned toward the back. Make some notes on the list to remind you of where you put what.
- If you know that you still have lots more stuff than your garage can comfortably accommodate try considering a few creative storage alternatives like wall shelves or overhead bins. Storage doesn’t have to be expensive, and getting things up off the ground will liberate a surprising amount of space.
- Camping gear, sports equipment, pool toys and some larger tools can be affixed to the wall or placed on a high shelf to make getting around easier and less hazardous.
- Most importantly, once you’ve cleaned out the garage, gotten rid of the excess, and neatly replaced the things you want to keep make sure the garage door sensors aren’t blocked. You want to be able to open and close your garage door when you need to. You also want to ensure that it stays closed when you aren’t using it.