National Clean Out Your Garage Day!

Did you know that the first Saturday after Labor Day is National clean out your garage day?

According to the Lehigh Home Safety And Security survey, the garage is the most disorganized area or room of the home by a wide margin, and 42 percent of Americans admit to either having never cleaned their garage or to only cleaning it once a year or less.

From tools and stools to trunks and junk, it seems that the garage is home to just about everything these days – except the car.

The experts at Lehigh offer these basic guidelines:

Sort the Mess Separate items into categories such as auto supplies, lawn and garden tools, holiday decorations, and sports equipment. Then, pitch, donate or sell items you don’t use. Before organizing and storing, take a multipurpose push broom to sweep the garage floor, or wash down the floor with a water hose.

Zone It Out 
After deciding what stays, separate the garage into zones for storing each category of items, and then identify the most appropriate storage method.

Go Vertical 
One great storage strategy is to use the vertical plane to keep the floor free of clutter. Garages provide ample wall and ceiling space that can easily be used for vertical storage through use of hanging shelves, pegboards, storing rails and overhead systems.

Be an Organized Sport 
Establish a solid game plan to organize the typical plethora of sports gear as well as the family’s fleet of bikes. For bicycles, cost-effective screw-in hooks and flip-up bike hangers, along with pulleys, are ideal ways to keep bikes off the ground and out of the way while they’re not in use.

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 to keep out of the reach of children. Use well-supported shelves to store cleaning solutions and vehicle fluids. Be sure to secure tools and wrap up extension cords via tool hangers.

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