There's never a good time to clean the garage.
I agree! No time is a good time to clean out the garage.
Except, well, tomorrow. Tomorrow IS actually a good time. Why? Because tomorrow is National Clean Out Your Garage Day. That's right, ladies and gentleman. There is a national holiday dedicated to everyone's favorite task. The time to clean your garage is now!
Now, I wouldn't say I'm a particularly organized person. I lean more toward messy than organized. When the husband complains about my disorganization, I blame it on my "creative nature." He, on the other hand, likes each thing to have its place. He likes systems. Order. Cleanliness. Routine.
After we moved in to this house back in late May, the garage was a complete mess. You know how it is when you move– you dump the extra junk in the garage, planning to unpack it and organize it one day while always finding something better to do.
Well, the husband finally had enough with the chaotic garage. He buckled down and cleaned it while I was out of town (smart move), organizing our junk into orderly piles so it would be easy to find what he needed. It looked awesome. Even I appreciated his efficient system.
Then I decided I would renovate the laundry room last weekend while he was working and promptly threw his garage into disarray. Tools everywhere. Scraps of wood in every corner. Cans of paint dripping all over the place. He was thrilled when he got home. Whoops.
So anyway, I feel bad about messing up my husband's organized garage. I'm going to be spending part of my day tomorrow fixing my mess, helping to organize the rest of our garage that still really needs help. Conveniently, Crawford sent me a couple or organizational products to jump start the garage cleaning efforts, so I've already gotten a head start!
Our garage already had this random strip of wood along the right side, so we used it to mount some handy Crawford Smart Systems. These are helpful for hanging long, bulky, awkwardly shaped items like brooms, mops, lawn edgers, etc.
The garage came with these black shelves, and the husband uses this to house his tools. He has clear bins with different items. One is his "everyday" bin, which has tools he uses all the time and needs easy access to. Then there's another one for tape (packing tape, electrical tape, painters tape, etc) and so on. The goal is to build a shelving unit so the bins don't have to stack on top of one another, but we haven't gotten to that yet.
He also has a bucket full of tools so he can carry them around the house for various projects. That always comes in handy and helps contain the mess. It also limits trips back and forth from the garage, which means you'll finish the projects faster!
And just because my husband is weird like this, we actually have a plastic container with sorted golf balls. Each drawer has a different category of golf ball, with the nicest balls occupying the top drawer. What a nut, right?
The garage already had some built-in wood cabinets, so we use this one for paint storage.
Another cool item Crawford sent over was this flexible storage organizer. I used it for our sporting goods, and it's perfect for our needs.
Just in case you're thinking our garage looks really organized, allow me to show you the full garage!
As you can see, there are many more areas to organize!
In honor of National Clean Out Your Garage Day, Crawford and The Lehigh Group want to give you some organizers to get the project started! You'll receive this Crawford Flexible Storage Organizer and the Crawford Advanced 16" Smart System. Pretty great little tools!
Entering the contest is super simple: just follow the blog on Instagram under @jordang106. Instagram is my favorite social media channel and the best way to keep up with our progress in real time. I'm always wanting feedback on my latest thrifting finds or home decor choices, so I'd love for you to join the conversation on Instagram. I will choose a name at random from my followers on Monday morning, so follow me before then.
As a special bonus as you gear up to tackle your garages, The Lehigh Group passed along these organizational tips:
• Sort the Mess – Separate your items into categories. Then pitch, donate or sell items you don’t use. After deciding what stays, separate the garage into zones for storing each category of items, and then choose the most appropriate storage method.
• Go Vertical – Garages provide ample wall and ceiling space to easily convert for storage through use of hanging shelves, pegboards, storing rails and overhead systems. For example, The Lehigh Group makes a variety of Crawford®-brand flexible mesh storage organizers that hang on the wall and can hold up to 25 lbs. They are particularly suited to accommodate awkward or bulky items, from pet toys to work gloves and camping equipment.
• Securely Store Hazardous Items – Place toxic materials such as paint, paint thinner, weed and bug killers, fertilizer and gasoline in high cabinets or lockable tool chests out of children’s reach. Use well-supported shelves to store cleaning solutions and vehicle fluids. Tool hangers, like the Crawford®-brand smart system, work well to store tools and extension cords. The steel rail can be hung on any type of wall. Select models can hold up to 48 tools.
* Go forth and conquer your messy garage! *