How often you clean your garage depends on your lifestyle and how frequently you use this space.  Deep cleaning your garage includes cleaning floors and surfaces, inspecting for pests and mold, organizing storage spaces, and donating or tossing unused items.

Before Getting Started
Before starting the cleaning process, think about how your garage can best serve you and sketch out a plan for how to achieve an end result you’re happy with. Are you an avid gardener? Do you need easy access to sports gear? Does your garage double as a laundry room?

How to Clean Your Garage
Now that you have a plan in place, you can begin cleaning your garage.

1. Empty Your Garage
For a proper deep clean, start by emptying out your entire garage. This may feel overwhelming, but it’s the best way to ensure you go through every item in your garage. Fully emptying this space out also allows you to better reach the floors and corners where there may be a build-up of dirt and other grime. To break this process up, empty and edit one section at a time.

2. Go Through Your Items
Once everything is out of your garage, sift through your items and make piles for things you want to keep and those you can donate or get rid of. If you’re having trouble letting things go, try itemizing things into “use regularly,” “use annually,” “never use,” and “sentimental storage” categories.

Everything in “never use” can be donated or tossed. Check annual and regular-use items for signs of wear and tear, and replace or store them. Move sentimental items into your home, like photo albums and old toys, as these risk being damaged in your garage.

3. Create Additional Storage
If you’ve gone through all of your items and still don’t have enough room to store everything efficiently, now is the time to create additional storage solutions. In a garage, utilizing vertical space is ideal.

Overhead storage racks suspended from the ceiling are great for storing bulky items such as seasonal decorations, camping gear, or bins of less frequently used items, says Sokolowski. Other options include: creating a peg board with hooks for hanging tools, installing a wall- or ceiling-mounted bike rack, and hanging hooks for gardening tools.

4. Dust and Clean Garage Surfaces
Once your garage is empty and you’ve installed additional storage (if needed), you can start the cleaning process. Wipe down all of the garage surfaces with a damp cloth and a cleaning solution suited to the materials in your garage.

5. Clean Garage Floors
Sweep up any loose dirt and debris, then give the floors a good scrubbing.  Depending on the type of flooring you have, you may need to use a mop and some soapy water or a specialized cleaner to get them clean.

6. Wipe Down Garage Items
Return to the pile of items you moved out of your garage, which should now be down to the essentials. Take the time to wipe down these items with a damp cloth to remove accumulated dust and avoid tracking it back into your garage.

7. Organize the Garage
Come up with a thought-out plan when returning items to your garage. Store frequently used items within easy reach, creating designated zones for different purposes like yard work, gardening, and seasonal items to maintain organization.   Keep these items in clear, labeled bins to ensure they stay contained but are still easy to see and access.

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