Today’s guest post is written by Todd at OrlandosBestDeals.com.
Yesterday, I tackled perhaps the most hated chore of any homeowner.
I cleaned the garage.
It was a mess.
It took me 8 hours to clean and organize the garage. It was full of mostly misplaced tools, boxes, sporting goods, our camping equipment, leftover garage sale item that we decided to keep instead of donating with the other leftover stuff, and a bunch of junk.
Some of the benefits of cleaning your garage (or keeping a clean garage) are obvious.
- You can fit your car(s) in the garage
- You can find your things
- You can walk from the house to the driveway without your mountain climbing ropes
- It discourages rodents from hanging out.
But, there is a direct link between a clean garage and saving money.
I first clued in on this when I gathered all the hammers I found. I guess when you can’t find a hammer, you buy a new one!
By cleaning your garage, you save money by knowing where your tools are so you don’t have to buy a new one every time you need one. I also found 4 bottles of PVC glue and 2 of those PVC pipe cutter thingies. Buy one, store it in your clean tool area, and find it when you need it! This same principle applies for bug sprays, oil, cleaners, paint, and pool supplies.
One of the first things I did on my nice clean workbench was to fix a shovel with a broken handle. The wooden handle came out of the shovel the last time I used it, but with a messy workbench, I wasn’t too excited about fixing it. Now that I know where all my tools are (which hammer should I choose?), I quickly fixed the handle and avoided a trip to Home Depot to buy a new one.
If you’re like my family, you’ve lost your fair share of bikes, scooters, and skateboards to rust because they’ve been left outside. We picked up 2 nice bike racks at a garage sale recently, and when you organize your manual transportation devices, the kids are much more likely to put them away when they’re done playing with them.
If you are so inclined, a great way to save money is to buy older, well built furniture at a garage sale, thrift store, or off of Craigslist, and refinishing it or repairing it your nice clean garage! Who wants to spend time in a messy garage?
Time to clean and organize your garage? Check out these garage storage solutions.
What’s your favorite thing about a clean garage?
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