Throughout the year we tend to collect items, wanted or unwanted those items get tossed to the side and go untouched. We use the large spaces in our home as a storage unit, often times that space is the garage.
As the New Year approaches, we tend to make a list of resolutions. Adding a more organized and de-cluttered garage to your list can help you find what you need, when you need it. So if your car is out on the street because there’s no room for it in the garage, it’s time to get organized. Here are some tips and tools to make it happen.
Chemicals are the No. 1 danger. A lot of people keep pesticides, paints and auto fluids, often in old food containers, which can leak and cause fumes, burns, respiratory problems and fire hazards. Always store such substances in their original containers and out of reach of children. Chemicals that are poisonous to pets are a huge problem. Road salt and ice-melt mixtures can get on the paws of cats and dogs and cause diarrhea and vomiting. Antifreeze, in particular, is highly dangerous and can be fatal. It has a sweet smell that attracts pets; as little as 1 tablespoon can kill a cat; half a cup can kill a dog. Be sure to wipe up any spills immediately.
Gas grills often are stored in the garage, complete with their propane tanks. Propane is highly combustible, and when the propane leaks, it’s a gas. You can’t see it, but it can hover over the garage floor. One spark of static electricity or the flick of a light switch could cause an explosion. Anything with propane should be stored at least 10 feet away from the house.
Ladders can be a hazard just leaning up against a wall. Storing your ladder this way can tip over very easily, damaging your car or injuring a loved one. Lean it against the wall horizontally at floor level, or, even better, store it on hooks. Also, gardening tools should be stored vertically on secure hooks attached to the walls so they’re easy to get to when you need them and they’re out of the way when you don’t.
The key to keeping your garage organized is having a place for each item and knowing where to find it. Click on the link below for more tips on garage cleaning and organization tips.
Happy New Year from all of us at Dixie Door!