Spring is just around the corner! It is the perfect time to do some spring cleaning and organizing in your garage! During the winter, it is easy to ignore all the clutter, mess, and disorganization. You say to yourself, “I’ll clean it up when the weather gets nicer. It is too cold right now to be in my garage!” For most of us, the garage is one of the messiest but most used locations in our home. Often times the garage is used for storage, and it can get overwhelming come the springtime when more and more items seem to have accumulated over the past winter months. Here are some tips on how to simplify and organize your garage this spring!
Tip #1: Declutter
The first step to organizing is decluttering! Pick a corner or section of your garage to begin. It may be easier to pull everything from the shelves and corners and place on your driveway to see everything you have. If you haven’t used the item in years, it is time to get rid of it. Make a pile of donations, trash, and items you wish to keep. The quickest way to be organized is to have less, not more! Try to change your mentality about the garage being a storage area. Marie Kondo, an organizing guru, says to ask yourself if what you are holding on to “sparks joy.” If it doesn’t, then it is time to declutter it.
Tip #2: Sweep and Scrub Your Garage Floor
Make sure it is a nice warm sunny day before cleaning the floor of your garage. Stains on garage floors are inevitable. Whether it’s an oil, rust, or paint stain – there are various methods to remove them or reduce their appearance. Some recommend using dawn dish soap to remove oil stains, lemon and vinegar to remove rust, and TSP and water to remove paint stains. Whatever method you use, make sure to research if it is a safe chemical to use on your floors – whether you have stained concrete or even an epoxy coated flooring.
Tip #3: Make the Most of Your Space
Reorganize your items. Maybe you need to purchase large clear containers, a shelving unit, toolboxes, or a cabinet. Find a system that works for you and integrate it in your space. Free up your overhead space by installing a Genie Wall Mount Garage Door Opener! The wall mount eliminates the need of a traditional rail and powerhead hanging in the middle of your garage! The Wall Mount conveniently is located directly to the side of your garage door – on the spring tube! The Genie Wall Mount is ideal for garages with low overhead space. Featuring a wireless wall console, Bluetooth® LED light fixture, and a door lock, the wall mount has all the accessories you need. Wi-Fi and battery backup capabilities are an option as well. Learn more about the Genie Wall Mount here or locate a Genie dealer near you with the Dealer Locator.
Tip #4: Add a Wireless Access Point to Your Garage
Do you need an additional way to open your garage door from the inside or the outside? Maybe you don’t want to deal with the hassle of complicated wiring charts. Genie has got you covered with a line of wireless devices to easily access your garage! To add another access point to the inside of your garage try the Genie Universal Wireless Wall Console – this console works on up to 3 garage doors and is compatible with most brands of garage door openers manufactured since 1993 (with working safety sensors). If you have a Genie branded garage door opener, you could also install the Genie Wireless Wall Console, which works on most Genie openers manufactured since 1993. Both wall consoles feature a delay button, which grants you extra time to exit the garage before the door closes. The light button allows you to turn on your garage door opener’s light at your convenience.
To add an additional access point to the outside of your garage, you can add either the Genie Wireless Keypad, or the Universal Wireless Keypad – depending on what model of garage door opener you have. If you have a Genie-branded opener manufactured since 1995, the Genie Wireless Keypad will work for you. If you have another brand of garage door opener, check out the Universal Wireless Keypad. Both keypads work on up to 3 garage door openers. Create a custom PIN code for secure and quick access to your garage from the outside. Powered by 2 AAA batteries (included), it is as easy as mounting and programming the keypad. No wires or electrician needed!
This spring, take time to declutter, simplify, and do the necessary improvements to make your garage an organized and inviting space – not one you simply wish to close the door on and forget about!