National Clean Out Your Garage Day Sept. 12

by Maura Grunlund / Staten Island Advance

Monday August 10, 2009

 

If you can’t fit your car in the garage anymore because it’s so cluttered it’s time for a clean sweep.  September 12th,  the Saturday after Labor Day, has been declared National Clean Out Your Garage Day.   The next best weekend to clean out your garage, tho, is in the spring – after Easter.  However, every weekend of the year can be a good time to organize the garage.

 Clearing debris and organizing the garage may even prevent injury. Nearly 4 in 10 adults have tripped over an item in their cluttered garage, 27 percent have hit an object when opening a vehicle door and 22 percent have accidentally hit something when parking, according to a survey cited by the Lehigh Group. The garage often is used as dumping ground so now is the time to sort through the stuff and throw out rusty tools, broken toys, worn out sports gear and other items that haven’t been used more than a year.

 The next task is to group and store like items together such as automotive supplies, sports equipment and gardening tools.  Make use of wall and ceiling space by installing hanging shelves, slatwall panels, storage rails and overhead storage systems.  Place toxic items such a weed killers in high cabinets or lockable tool chests and secure electrical cords.

 Be sure to allow enough space for auto doors to open and for people to comfortably walk around the vehicle.  Almost half of American reported they have soiled their clothes while rubbing against a vehicle.

 The Garage Project offers everything you can think of to organize and store all your garage equipment, sports items, tools, cleaners, whether on the floor, the ceiling, in cabinets, or on wall panels.