If sheltering in place is taking a toll on you, get out of the house and tackle a task or two in the garage. “This spot tends to be where clutter gathers—where we throw the stuff we’ll just deal with later—so consider giving it a good cleaning out,” says Julie Coraccio, an organizing professional and author of “Got Clutter? 365 Journal Prompts.”
If you have a garden, spring is the perfect time to organize all those pots, tools, and other gear so you’re ready to plant flowers and veggies when the time comes. Grab some work gloves and check out this list of six easy ways to spruce up your garage with all that extra time on your hands.
1. Create wall storage
A jumble of wrenches, pliers, and random screws does not make for an efficient workspace. Look for ideas on what kind of organization systems you can setup. You could also install a pegboard. This easy DIY chore can be accomplished in mere minutes. Amazon has a great selection of pegboards in a variety of colors. To determine how big of a board you’ll need, lay the tools you’d like to hang on the floor or a piece of paper and measure the length and width around them.
2. Organize sports gear
Aren’t you tired of tripping over soccer balls and hockey sticks rolling around on the floor every time you unload groceries from the car? Put an end to it! Stock up on mesh bags for all those balls and order wire bins for other equipment.
An over-the-door plastic shoe holder is ideal for sneakers, golf shoes, tennis sweat bands, and other small items. And you can drill a couple of heavyweight hooks into your ceiling or garage beams to hold bikes that are taking up precious floor space.
3. Scrub garbage cans
Banish odors from your garage by cleaning your garbage cans. Take your containers to the yard and spray them with a hose. Next, scrub tough interior stains and sticky spots with a wire brush and then use a big sponge and liquid cleanser to clean the inside and exterior. Allow the cans to dry in the sun or wipe them with an old towel.
4. Detail your car
Now is the perfect time to give the interior of your car a good cleaning — vacuum the interior, wipe down the steering wheel, dashboard, door handles, turn signals and clean the windows.
Don’t forget about your car’s exterior. Enlist your kids to help you wash the outside too.
5. Designate recycling and donation bins
Make sure you have separate containers for items that need to be recycled and donated.
Many donation locations like Goodwill or the Salvation Army are not accepting items at this time, so designate a spot in your garage for any items you clean out of your garage. That way you’ll know exactly what to grab when you’re able to drop off your wares.
6. Add a home gym
You may not have the resources to make over your garage into your personal workout haven, but if you have the space, dedicate a corner of the room to your Peloton or yoga mat. An accent wall or bright floor covering is a quick way to designate a sweat zone—and you can add a cushioned exercise mat for more comfort.
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Source: “6 Easy DIY Projects To Take On While You’re Stuck Inside,” realtor.com by Jennifer Kelly Geddes