How’s the cleaning and organizing going for you? During springtime, I definitely feel the most energized and in the mood for doing those things.
If you’re new to my blog, I recommend starting by downloading my Deep Cleaning Schedule for Your Whole House. Start with January’s jobs if you want, or just jump right in with me in doing May’s deep cleaning jobs.
May’s Deep Cleaning & Organizing Jobs:
- Organize the attic.
- Organize the garage.
- Pressure wash the house.
You can read Part 1 for May here where I tackle organizing the attic. When you’re ready, join me in completing the rest of May’s deep cleaning jobs. In this post, I’ll share with you how we organize our garage and pressure wash our house. I’ve listed these jobs for May because I like to work in the non-airconditioned areas BEFORE it gets too terribly hot in the summer months. But, of course, you can do these anytime you want.
Organizing the Garage:
This is a job in which I definitely enlist my husband’s help!! This is more his domain. But I do what I can to keep it organized. However, as you can see, it’s gotten pretty messy! Life happens.
1. Take out the Trash
We take the trash bags out and set them by the door into the house, with all intentions of taking them out to our big trash bins outside the garage. But that doesn’t always happen right away. So, sometimes they do sit there a day or two until we take them out.
Ok, I’ll take the blame on this one. My husband is much better at taking the trash to the bins. I’m usually the one that sets it at the door and then goes about my business cleaning, cooking, doing laundry, etc. AND I don’t always have shoes on or feel like putting shoes on to take the trash to the outside bins. Ok, enough excuses for me!
So the first thing we did in organizing the garage was to take out the trash that we had SO FAR. There was going to be more trash accumulated as we organized and purged some things. But getting the trash out that is there right now is a good idea to clear some space and see what you have to work with.
You can take it up to the side of the road if it’s trash day. My husband takes our trash to the dump. So we piled the trash up just outside the garage and he took it to the dump the next day when it was opened.
2. Shelving Units
Do your kids ever have trouble remembering to put their toys away when they’re done playing outside? Our’s do! So this was an area that definitely needed some tidying up.
I love this shelving unit we got from Lowe’s. It’s very sturdy and holds a lot! It just needed a little cleaning off and straightening up.
So, I went shelf-by-shelf taking everything off. I swept each shelf to get all the dirt and sand off (Yes, sand. We live in the sandhills of North Carolina. So, we have more sand than soil.)
Then I wiped the shelves down with a wet cloth.
And finally, I put the items back on the shelves neatly.
I have this label maker (It was a gift from my mother-in-law, and I love it!) and made labels for each shelf when I organized the garage last year.
On the top shelf are some camping and beach things (a boogie board, camping chairs, and the cooler usually go there).
The next shelf has biking things (helmets, bike cart for Jase, bike pump, and Jackson’s old training wheels).
The third shelf contains some of my husband’s carpet cleaning supplies and sports things (Bocchi ball, tackle box, and baseball bats). I’m sure we’ll need to get another organizer for sports equipment as the boys get older and start playing team sports. I like this container for sports equipment from The Container Store.
The fourth shelf contains gardening supplies (grass seed, planters, gloves, watering can, etc).
And at the bottom are the boys’ outside toys. There’s a bin for their tractors and trucks, a basket (like this one) for their bubbles and chalk, a basket for beach toys, and then their baseball tee, fishing net, shovels, and roller skates.
We’ll see how long the boys can keep their toys straightened up like this!
3. Hanging Yard Tools
I also love this Rubbermaid FastTrack Garage Storage Rail System from Lowe’s we got a few years ago. It keeps all of our long tools (rakes, weedeater, and brooms) organized and out of the way.
I recommend hanging up as many things as you can, to avoid having a lot of stuff lying on the floor.
4. Storage Cabinet
Besides our shelving unit, we also have this wooden cabinet we use to store smaller things. I like it for storing smaller things, because it is not as deep as the shelving unit, and it is easier to get to what we need. I also labeled each shelf in this cabinet to assure that each thing is being put back where it goes when we’re done with it.
On the top shelf, we store vehicle maintenance supplies.
On the second shelf, we have painting supplies. We recently painted all the rooms in the house. I’ve also done several DIY furniture projects. So we definitely get our use out of these things.
The third shelf contains paint, finishing wax, spray paint, caulk, etc.
And the bottom shelf, which is the tallest, contains vehicle washing supplies.
My husband made this workbench a few years ago to be able to store things in the bottom and do projects on the top. He went through this section and tidied up a little. He did have a lot more on the top previously. So I’m proud of him for getting it this cleaned off.
It’s still a little cluttered at the bottom for my taste. I’m thinking that we will probably get another shelving unit to store some of this stuff, and have the workbench be just for storing tools and doing projects.
6. Bikes/Ride-on Toys
Right now, our bikes and scooters are standing up in a line against the wall. However, this Wall-Mounted Bicycle Hinge Hook & Tray looks awesome for hanging bikes up on the wall. I love how it’s hinged and can lie flat against the wall. These are definitely on my list to buy soon.
The rest of the boys’ ride-on toys are in a line behind the bikes. Some of them, like the Little Tikes firetruck, will be going up for sale on Facebook Marketplace soon.
7. Donations/Returns Area
Against the wall between the two garage doors, we have a bin for donations to take to Goodwill or another drop off location. We also have a basket for returns we need to make. Right now I have a stack of paper bags I need to take to Harris Teeter’s recycling bin.
8. Dust Cobwebs
After you’ve organized the garage and have put everything in it’s place, the next thing you’ll need to do is clean it up.
The garage can get pretty dirty and full of cobwebs and spider webs. Of course, it’s the garage. You’re probably not going to clean it as much and as well as the other rooms in your house. But every once in a while, you should go through and clear it of cobwebs, because who wants to see those everywhere? Yuck!
So, take a broom and sweep over the ceilings and walls, focusing on the corners of the garage. Wipe away all the cobwebs, spiderwebs, and dust that you see. I also swept over the garage doors and the baseboards. Then I took a wet cloth and wiped the baseboards down.
9. Sweep the Floor
The last thing to do in getting your garage to look nice (and the thing that I think really makes the biggest difference) is to sweep the floor really well. As I said, we have a lot of sand where we live and we live in the country off a sand/dirt road. So each time I drive my car into the garage it brings a little bit of sand into it. So we take the big outdoor broom and sweep it really well.
All done with the garage organization for now! Everything is in it’s place, its free of gross spider webs and sand, and all trash is thrown away.
Pressure Washing the House:
On to the final May deep cleaning job – pressure washing the house, as well as the porch and patio furniture. This is one my husband is in charge of.
The corners of the house can attract a lot of spider webs and bugs.
It’s the end of spring and the pollen SHOULD be done falling. So this is a great time to wash all that pollen, dust, dirt, and bugs off the house and outdoor furniture.
1. Spray Cleaning Solution
The first thing we do is fill up a battery-operated sprayer with water and about half a cup of Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds. I love Sal Suds because it’s made of clean, toxic-free ingredients, it’s concentrated (you only need to use a little bit mixed with water), it can be used for SO many things (washing laundry, dishes, walls, baseboards, etc.), and it works! The sprayer my husband, Brandon, uses is one he bought for his carpet cleaning business. You can find a similar one here. Or you can use your pressure washer to spray the cleaning solution on the house. Then just switch it off to spraying the solution when you’re ready to just use water to pressure wash the house.
Brandon cleans one section of the house completely before moving on to another section. You don’t want to do such a big area that the soap dries onto the house.
He starts with the front porch. He sprays the water/Sal Suds solution over the entire surface of the area he’s cleaning. So, on the front porch, he sprays the walls, ceiling, floor, windows, shutters, front door, rocking chairs, and columns.
2. Pressure Wash
Then he goes through with the pressure washer and sprays it side to side over the entire surface of the area he’s working on.
Repeat with each side of the house. Make sure you spray up on the gables and get as high up on the house as you can.
Let me know how your garage organization and pressure washing go. What organization systems do you have in your garage?