Getting Your Garage Clean

Tips for Getting Your Garage Clean and Organized

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Is ‘clean up the garage’ always on your to-do list? You can check it off in just one weekend with these DIY tips and projects. You’ll learn how to clean the garage floor and create storage space for all of your stuff. Skeptical? Keep reading!

Whether it happened gradually or all of a sudden, after a move or the return of a kid from college, if your garage is a mess, you can fix it. Set a goal of clearing out and separating everything you absolutely need to keep from the things you can, want or should donate, sell or throw away. This process can take a lot of time if you let it. Don’t. Give yourself no more than one weekend and take items to the donation center before the close of business that day. Later, photograph the items you want to sell and get them up on Craigslist, pronto.

A clean garage floor is hard to find. However, we’ll show you how to get out three of the toughest stains—oil, paint, and rust. The secret is to draw the stain out of the concrete. You can easily do this on a weekend with simple tools and special products.

Get those big plastic storage bins up off the garage floor and onto the ceiling! Screw 2x2s to the ceiling framing with 3-1/2-in. screws spaced every 2 ft. Use the bins as a guide for spacing the 2x2s. The lips on the bins should just brush against the 2x2s when you’re sliding the bins into place. Then center and screw 1x4s to the 2x2s with 2-in. screws. The garage ceiling is a perfect place to store light and medium weight seasonal items like holiday decorations and camping gear.

This sturdy ball corral holds a herd of balls and lets kids easily grab the balls at the bottom without unloading all the ones on top. It’s built from 3/4-in. plywood and 2x2s. We made our ball corral 24 in. wide x 33 in. high x 12 in. deep.

The hooks on Bungee cords can be a safety hazard for kids and adults alike. So cut the hooks off the cords (or use elastic cord available at camping, sporting goods and hardware stores). Thread the cord through predrilled holes and secure with knots. Drill the holes slightly larger than the cords to make threading them easier.

We added plumbing hooks and short gutter troughs on the outside of the corral to make it easy for kids to stash smaller balls, helmets, and mitts.

Create more storage space in your garage for tools, garden equipment, toys and everything else, even in the narrow alley between the wall and car door, with this adjustable shelving system. This system solves two challenges: first, how to design storage space for the narrow spaces between the garage side wall and the family car; and second, how to create a solid mounting surface to hold shelves and hooks that are capable of carrying hundreds of pounds of stuff.

Store more in a small space

There never seems to be enough storage space in garages, but rollout shelves and sliding bypass units can make more efficient use of the sidewalls of your garage. The rollout shelves provide better access and make small stuff easier to find. They’re versatile, too. You can set the divider wherever you want to create different-depth shelves.

The bypass unit adds 50 percent more storage for long-handled tools and all sorts of items that take up too much wall space. You simply slide it to either side to access the stuff behind.

The space around entry doors from attached garages gets cluttered with shoes, boots, sports gear, boxes of beverages and more. These storage units are designed to solve that problem, with special shelves, cabinets, and drawers for all that stuff that piles up by a heavily used entryway. The best part is you can build the ones you need in whatever quantity and configuration that works for your garage.


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