You’ve swept up all the leaves, pulled up all the weeds and moved the moss from your driveway. Your garden is sculptured perfection with a neatly mowed lawn and then…there’s your old, rotten garage door with the peeling wood, swinging off its hinges. Inside more doom awaits; piles of old patio furniture, pots of paint, bikes not used for many decades, tool boxes, brushes and brooms and probably quite a few mice.
The first thing to do is fix the garage door. Invest in your safety and go for a sturdier material that can be locked, rolls up for ease of use and powered with a remote. If you’re planning on keeping your car in your garage and anything of real value it’s your only option especially if you’re in and out of it every weekend. If you have a side door you’ll need to make sure it has a secure lock and hinges on it and that any windows are strong enough not to get broken into.
Next you need to get everything out into the open and have a look at the space you’ve got to work with. Have a good clean and get rid of any rodents that might have been lurking around the back. Put up shelves, sweep up the floor and clean all the cobwebs and dust away. If you’re planning on using your garage as a work shop, to grow plants, to carry out car maintenance or to keep a fridge and freezer in then you’ll need to put some lighting in so you can see what you’re doing. Simple desk lights can do the job or you can get lighting fitted along the ceiling by a professional but see where water collects on the roof first to check you don’t need to do any extra maintenance there first.
Once you’ve got the interior sorted it’s time to take a look at the things you want to store. If the kids are all grown up they’re not going to need their old paddling pool and if you haven’t been camping or ridden your bike in years it’s time to put the lot on eBay. Once you’ve sorted out what you’ll actually need from the rubbish you don’t you need to arrange it all in a new storage system. That means getting boxes, labels and a shelving unit to house it all in. Keep on top of your new garage with a regular sort out and plenty of sweeping and dusting to keep it in shape all year round.
Claire Bowden is an expert at de-cluttering your living spaces and writes on behalf of www.hormann.co.uk