As a new homeowner, tackling that garage cleaning project can be a huge albeit rewarding challenge. What’s better than seeing the fruits of your labor? Not much. If you’re ready to make your garage sparkle and shine, make sure that these items are on your spring cleaning to-do list.
Judge your space
How big is your garage? Is it large enough, for example, to keep your Silverado 2500 or Chevy Colorado?
Adding a garage expansion or bump-out addition can make a big difference in the way your truck fits in your space. You may also find that you need a garage expansion if you’re struggling to fit everything into your garage or want to utilize that space for more than just storage of Christmas decorations.
Here’s a handy DIY guide to add more garage storage. If you’re handy, it shouldn’t be difficult!
Design a floor plan
Take a look at your garage and imagine what you really want to do with it. Is your garage simply a space for storing your Chevy truck and the items that don’t fit in your home, or do you have an image in your head of what the perfect garage would really be used for?
Your floor plan may want to include partitioned space for some of the following:
- Woodwork area
- Home gym
- Band practice
- Auto repair
- Stockpiled food for emergencies
Once you know what you really want to accomplish in your garage, create a realistic plan that makes sense to you. Taking the time to design that garage layout will go a long way toward making your organizing project easier.
Get stuff off the floor
If you want to keep your garage neat and organized–or even simply be able to use the space, whether for your car or for another purpose–develop a habit now of keeping the clutter off the floor. That means no boxes tossed into the garage to “deal with later,” no old toys piled up and beside your vehicle, and no junk stuffed into the corner.
Instead, install shelves, pegs, and other organization tools that will allow you to make the most of the space and keep your stuff organized. For all those unwanted items, consider throwing a garage sale.
Use the right storage
You’re a new homeowner, so you might not even be sure what type of garage storage you really need. (Plastic bins are close enough, right?)
Veteran owners know that the right garage storage solutions are more nuanced than a few bins purchased from IKEA. For example, you may want to install the following:
- Ceiling storage – makes it easier to tuck away seasonal items, like skis or snowboards, while still keeping them off of the garage floor. Just make sure there’s still enough space to park your Silverado!
- Pegboards – the perfect way to hang tools in a way that makes them easy to find at a glance.
- Shelves – often easier to organize than plastic bins shoved in the corner.
- Plastic tubs – make sure that they’re clear so you can view their contents.
Know your safety concerns
Take the time to get to know the safety concerns in your garage, then take steps to correct them to create a safer environment for your family. Consider asking yourself the following questions:
- Do you have a fire extinguisher in the garage?
- Have you checked to make sure that your cords are plugged in properly and that there is plenty of clearance around freezers and other items?
- What about the items stored in the garage? Have you remembered to keep propane in a different location and toss out old paint cans and hazardous chemicals?
- Is your vehicle safe to pull up fully and reverse without damaging anything, including the side-view mirrors?
- Should there be insulation added to the garage door or walls?
- Can the garage be finished and built to code?
- Is there any risk of slipping?
- Are there emergency lights installed somewhere?
By addressing these concerns during your spring clean, you’ll be better off in the long run.
Need a New Truck for Your Newly Cleaned Garage?
Cleaning up the garage is a challenge, but it’s one that’s worth the effort. To reward yourself for a job well done, why not grab the keys to a brand-new truck? At Knudtsen Chevrolet, we have great spring lease specials on new Silverado and Colorado models, as well as many other new Chevy vehicles. Contact our Post Falls Chevrolet dealership at (208) 664-8107 or stop in to browse our selection this spring. Good luck and congrats on making your new Spokane home your own!