Spring is here – even in the colder climates – and that means it is time to get things cleaned out and ready for the warmer months. So when you start tackling all that spring cleaning, don’t forget to spruce up your garage – an important part of the house that’s even more important this time of year.
From simple cleaning to DIY storage solutions, here are some steps you can take to get your garage cleaned up and ready to go for a summer of outdoor projects.
Start with some DIY Trash Removal
Yup, cleaning out your garage is the very first step to redoing your garage. Ditching all those old gold clubs, car parts and broken appliances can certainly be daunting, but there are some very simple ways to accomplish it. If you don’t have much big stuff, just grab a trash bag and get to work, throwing away anything and EVERYTHING that you don’t need anymore.
Give away anything you don’t need that’s still in good shape (like sporting equipment or tools). Or, if you have time and want to make a few bucks, have a yard sale.
If you have a ton of larger useless junk and can’t get rid of it all yourself, then it may be worthwhile to hire a junk removal business and maybe even rent a small dumpster, which can come in very useful.
Redo the Floor: Give it a New Coating
While it’s not a simple task, giving the garage floor a new epoxy can revitalize it and ensure it gets a much longer lifespan - without developing as many cracks and chips it would otherwise. It will also just look a heck of a lot better! A new epoxy coating can make your garage floor look new, shiny and fresh.
To be fair, this can be a messy job – as well as an expensive one. Hiring a professional can cost $4 to $7 a square foot, and DIY solutions will still likely cost several hundred dollars in epoxy and materials. It’s also very time-consuming; applying all coats properly and allowing them to dry thoroughly can easily take 3-4 days. So take the time to prepare and budget for this one, and make sure it’s done right.
Give the Walls A Fresh Coat of Paint
Most garage walls are just good old plaster – and some don’t even have drywall, opting instead to just leave open studs with insulation. If you have plastered drywall, however, a new coat of paint can make things seem instantly fresher and cleaner. Use a glossy paint for an attractive finish or finish the paintjob off with a glossy clearcoat that is resistant to moisture and cold.
Check the Seals, Drains and Details
Small and often-overlooked parts of the garage include seals around windows and doors, which help insulate in cold weather, keep moisture and rain out, and protect from bugs and small animals (like birds) that like to hide out inside. Make sure they are in working condition and haven’t dried out and split; replace them if they have.
If your garage also has floor drains, now is a good time to check on those and see if they need some care and maintenance. Cleaning them out will be fine if they are in good shape but dirty or clogged. If they’re broken or damaged, replace them now while the weather is good.
Put up Some New Shelves and Storage
One very helpful thing you can do when cleaning up and reorganizing your garage is add new storage, so that the items you do keep are neatly stored and organized. You can easily put in some new shelves, hooks and hangers with just some quick drilling and a few screws. Or, if you want a fun DIY project, you can make your own – using nothing more than a few 2x4’s, that same drill, and a saw.