For many homeowners, their garage can quickly change from a safe place to store their car to something of a junk room. If your space is a jumble of boxes, clutter and unnecessary items, it’s time to have a clear out. Read on to discover our top tips for cleaning your garage.

Clear out the clutter

Trying to sort out your garage while it’s still full of clutter can be an incredibly daunting and sometimes even dangerous task. Before you can really get going with your cleaning spree, you’ll need to get rid of all the non-essential items that are taking up valuable space.

While it may be tempting to hang on to things ‘just in case’, the reality is if you haven’t used it in the past year, you’re unlikely to use it again. Be ruthless and sort your belongings into sections; for example, keep all of your DIY equipment together.

Clean it out

The perfect time to clean your garage is when it’s empty, allowing you to give the space a thorough clean. Over time, the garage will gather dust, debris and of course cobwebs.

Start with dusting and cleaning any shelves that may have become stained or grimy. Finish your clean by sweeping the floor to remove any rubbish from the space.

Install adequate shelving

In many cases, garages are simply empty shells. To maximise their potential, you’ll need to install effective shelving solutions to prevent your space from becoming jumbled and cluttered again. There are endless options for storing various things like trekking poles.

Because of the nature of your space, you’ll need tough, durable shelving. Specialist retailers like Slingsby offer adjustable shelving, which is perfect for accommodating your changing needs. With a sturdy metal frame, the shelves can easily be heightened or lowered depending on the size of the items you need to store.

If you will be storing a car in your garage, make sure your shelving leaves enough room for your vehicle. When dealing with smaller spaces, wall-mounted shelves may be a better option.

Box and label

To get really organised, you should invest in a selection of plastic boxes to store your stuff. Clearly labelling these will make it easy to find what you’re looking for.