How To: Groom Your Garage in One Weekend

The garage is the final frontier of spring cleaning. Part carport, part catchall storage facility, the garage, if well-organized, can be a tremendous asset. If left in a cluttered state, however, the space can be more of a liability, becoming a breeding ground for mold, rust, and pests. So if you value storage space—and who doesn't?—there's every reason to mark this project at the top of your weekend to-do list. Though grooming the garage may seem daunting at first, these manageable steps can help you tame even the most unruly of garages.

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  1. Divide and Conquer


    In the time since you last cleaned it, the garage is likely to have accumulated a whole head of junk. To regain control of the space, you've got to conquer the clutter first. Start by removing everything—yes, everything—and in the process, set items into three distinct categories. In one group are the tools and supplies to which you need regular access. In another, the seasonal items you only use a few months per year. Most importantly, designate a pile for discard or donation.

  2. Be a Cleaning Machine


    With the garage empty, there's no better time to give it the sort of thorough cleaning it rarely gets but desperately needs. Tackle the ceiling and walls, then focus on the floors. Here, after sweeping up, get down to business with the HYDE PivotPro Outdoor Cleaning Wand. An ingenious tool that attaches directly to your garden hose, PivotPro blasts gunk away, and its patented pivoting nozzle enables you to reach every crevice, without having to bend, stretch, or stoop.

  3. Get Organized


    When returning belongings to the garage, keep one simple organizational principle in the front of your mind: Items used together ought to be kept together. For instance, if you like to work on projects in the garage, create a distinct zone for tool storage. Same goes for automotive supplies or sports equipment. Also, bear in mind that, at least in the case of opaque containers, a little extra effort put toward labeling now can potentially save you a lot of frustration later on.

  4. Take It Outside


    Any day you leave the house is a day you glimpse the garage. So the question is: Do you like what you see? If your garage resembles most, it would surely benefit from a scrub-down. Whereas cleaning the garage exterior might seem laborious, HYDE PivotPro makes it a snap. Simply add soap to its built-in reservoir, set the soap-to-water ratio, then point and shoot. Swing the stiff-bristle brush into position when you need it, out of the way when you don't. Done!

  5. Harness the Power of Paint


    Pondering a fresh coat of paint? There's no quicker, easier, or cheaper way to give your garage a major transformation. From previous painting projects, indoors or out, you know that quality results hinge on proper preparation. To that end, using HYDE PivotPro to clean the garage, thoroughly and with surprising ease, is precisely the right first step toward a brand-new look for a garage whose beautiful exterior matches the pleasing organization contained behind its doors.

  6. For More...


    For more on seasonal maintenance, consider:

    6 Simple Steps to a Refreshed Deck

    The Right Way to Wash Your Car

    One-Step Spring Upkeep with a Multitalented Tool

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