Tips for Cleaning Up and Organizing Your Garage for Spring
February 18, 2019
Guest blog by Kacey Mya, the blogger behind The Drifter Collective
Spring cleaning is an annual event that people do all around the world. Seeing the sun break through those winter clouds and warm up all the new plants that are beginning to grow makes people want to start fresh too. Cleaning is a great way to make your house feel brand new, but one place that people often avoid when it comes to cleaning is the garage.
Something about the garage makes it the perfect place for everything to eventually end up in. Shoes, toys and tools are just a few of the things that are probably in your garage right now. This spring, tackle your garage head on and spring clean it without fear! Read on to find out what you can to do make garage cleaning a breeze, so you can get back to the spring activities that you love.
1. Space Out Your Cleaning
Some people may have lots of energy when they decide to start cleaning their garage. In the past, you might have spent a whole Saturday or even an entire weekend power cleaning everything you could find. While that will get you results faster, it can also burn you out and be the reason you give up before the job’s done.
This year, space out your cleaning. Look at your schedule for the upcoming month and see how many weekend afternoons you can spend in the garage. You’ll get a head start just by knowing how much time each weekend you have to devote to cleaning. The next step will be deciding where to start.
2. Tackle the Small Stuff First
Although the pile of gardening tools that have been sitting in the corner since last summer may be the first thing you want to clean, start with something small. Every time you finish a small cleaning project, you’ll feel a rush of confidence and be that much more ready to clean the next bigger project. It’s known as one of the ways to increase your productivity, since no one can shy away from something as simple as sweeping a garage floor.
3. Look for Dust
The main reason that people get a dirty garage is because you just end up with so much stuff when you’re a homeowner. If it doesn’t end up in your closet, it’ll be stored in the attic or thrown in the garage. While you spring clean your garage this year, look for dust. How often do you use the things you’ll be cleaning? Think hard about if you really need what you come across and don’t be afraid of donating or throwing stuff out.
4. Invest in Storage Bins
Storage bins may be the greatest thing that will ever happen to your garage. They come in all shapes and sizes, so you can fit practically anything in them. Plus, they’re easy to label with some painter’s tape and a permanent marker. They’re made to last well through the years and in most storage conditions, so if your garage gets a leak or an animal finds their way in overnight, your things will be kept safe and sound.
5. Don’t Forget to Hang Things
Wall space in your house is probably covered in photo frames and posters, so why should the walls of your garage be left bare? Look around to see how much empty wall space you have and try to hang up what you can. Tools and cords will hang up easily, and you can even hang things on a budget.
For those who are into sports or activities that require large equipment, like a canoe or ski equipment, think about getting a ceiling rack. Garages are typically taller than the cars that are meant to park in them, which means that you can hang things on the ceiling that won’t fit in your garage closet. Measure out your garage to make sure there’s enough room for both your cars and a ceiling wrack, and then get a professional to help install it correctly so it lasts as long as you’re in your house.
6. Get Rid of Grease Spots
If you’ve lived in your home for a while, you probably have some spots and smudges that feel like they’ll always be part of your house. The good news is you can banish them, even if they’re grease spots. It’s easy to learn how to get rid of grease and it doesn’t take much time at all to get done. After letting a cloth absorb excess grease for at least a day, use a concrete cleaner to remove the stain. Your garage will be good as new!
7. Prepare for Plants
Gardening is a big springtime activity that people like to get into, so if you know that you’ll probably adopt a plant or want to do some lawn work when it warms up, it’s time to prepare for plants. Find a storage bin or other storage solution for your shovel, gardening hose and potential plant fertilizers. Putting these things away will help you remember where you put them, while also keeping potentially dangerous things away from curious kids or pets.
You can also hang up some gardening gloves and even a hat to protect your skin from the sun. Going out to garden may be fun, but the sun is just as powerful in the spring as it is in the summer. If you’re thinking about keeping some potted plants, make sure to think of the future. Don’t forget to leave some floor space open for those plants that may need to be pulled in during cooler nights.
8. Plan Ahead for Messes
Once you get your garage cleaned, you can celebrate that your work is done, but eventually you’ll need to clean again. There’s no way to prevent your garage from accumulating mess, so be smart and plan ahead for your next cleaning weekend. Keep labeling supplies ready for storage bins and your broom near by to sweep out any foliage.
Grab a planner and schedule in a Saturday afternoon dedicated to cleaning later in the summer. You’ll get ahead of garage cleaning before it’s too cold to be anywhere but inside. Cleaning in the spring doesn’t have to be difficult! Plan ahead and know what projects you want to conquer. By the time the local pool opens up, you’ll have the best looking garage in town.
Upgrade your Bath Decor in One Easy Step!
February 11, 2019
Are you tired of your old bathroom decor but can’t afford an expensive remodel? No problem! Simply upgrade your bathroom hardware to give your space a fresh, new look. Organize-It offers Allied Brass hardware, which is made from high-quality materials and finishes to withstand the humidity in the bathroom.
We offer the following hardware pieces to upgrade your bathroom decor.
- Grab Bars
- Towel Bars and Rings
- Wall Mirrors
- Toilet Paper Holders
- Soap Dishes
- Toothbrush and Tumbler Holders
- and more!
Organize-It carries several Allied Brass collections so you can choose your favorite design. Our two most popular designs are the Dottingham hardware collection and the Foxtrot hardware collection (pictured below).
The Allied Brass hardware comes in several different finishes to match your decor scheme. The Dottingham collection (above left) is pictured in oil rubbed bronze while the Pipeline collection (above right) is pictured in brushed bronze. Both collections are available in several different finishes.
Each hardware piece comes with installation instructions and hardware so you can easily install the bathroom hardware to the wall. From toilet paper holders to towel bars, upgrade the hardware in your bathroom to provide an attractive, cohesive appearance.
Get Ready for Valentine’s Day!
February 4, 2019
Still looking for a gift? Find unique Valentine’s Day gift ideas at Organize-It.
Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? This holiday can be very stressful for couples. There are so many expectations to have the perfect day, and it can be almost as stressful as a wedding! Celebrating Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be so stressful. The most important part of the holiday is to celebrate the love or companionship you both share.
The entire purpose of dates is to connect and engage with each other as a couple. You want to get to know your partner, or simply reconnect with each other after a stressful week. There are so many different date ideas out there. So get out of the dinner and a movie rut! There are dozens of new experiences you can share together, and yes, those count as dates!
Below are some unconventional ideas for Valentine’s Day (or even a normal date night).
1. Wine or Beer Tasting
Whether you open a couple of bottles at home or visit a winery/brewery, you can enjoy a couple glasses together while conversation flows – pun intended! Trying new things and expanding your horizons is one of the best things you can do together as a couple. And you can always purchase a bottle or two of your favorite brews and relive the experience later in the year.
Girls, you may have to drag your fellows to this one! Many dance studios offer specials for newcomers or even a three-class package so you can dip your toes in, so to speak! From the sexy Tango to the romantic Waltz, entangle yourself with your partner and dance the night away. Dancing together encourages an entire new level of communication, which will help you connect even more as a couple.
3. Ice Skating or Roller Skating
Blow off some steam or pent up energy from the long winter and stretch out your muscles. Strap on some skates and hit the ice rink or the roller rink to discover a forgotten joy. Has one or both of you never skated before? That is even better! Laugh together as you fall and stumble across the ice/floor, and then grab some hot chocolate or coffee as you nurse your new bruises. After all, live laugh love!
4. Junk Food Dinner Date
Are you tired and don’t feel like going out or spending hours cooking a fancy meal? Embrace it instead! Gather your favorite snacks and junk food together and create an entire meal based off those foods! Chocolate cake and onion rings? Why not! This is your date night. Let go of society’s expectations and make up your own rules – and your own menu!
5. Cooking or Craft Class
Are you ready to learn a new skill? Sign up for a cooking class, sewing class, woodworking class, and so much more! Have an open mind and enjoy yourselves. There are so many hobbies in the world, and many hobby and craft stores offer beginner classes so you can learn all there is to know about the craft without investing a lot of money. Even if you decide that it’s ultimately not for you, that’s OK! You still had fun and learned something new.