It's very easy to think of the garage as a dumping room, perfect for those things you know you shouldn't throw away but don't want cluttering up your home.
My dad sees it this way, the garage contains everything from tools and wood offcuts to a skip-sourced gate and loose (and sprouted) potatoes. In fact, I can't think of a single time in my life that the garage has been capable of housing a car.
The fact remains that if you're lucky enough to have a garage and you're not keeping it organised then you're missing out on a lot of potential car and car accessory storage. As such, we've put together a guide to what you need to clean and organise that garage.
The best all-round vacuum cleaner
Your standard vacuum cleaner will probably be out of its comfort zone if you present a garage to
Broom for debris and spillages
Better than a normal broom, this rubber tow-in-one broom also comes with a handy squeegee blade
Tested 2021: "I've been using this broom for a while now and it's very effective. The rubber bristles mean that there's a fair bit of resistance on hard surfaces but it will thoroughly clean surfaces. The squeegee blade is a great addition for small spillages too and the build quality is great too."
For smaller jobs (like cleaning a worktable surface) a smaller but still powerful vacuum like this
A modern mop
A good mop is a garage must have and this EasyGleam brings the humble mop and bucket into the 21st
Best means of floor sweeping
Think of this contraption as a mini road sweeper, perfect for cleaning debris off your garage
Proper garage paper towels
Shop towels are basically ultra-thick kitchen towels and are handy to have for cleaning up. This
Shift oil and grime from your hands
Hate getting oil on your hands? I know I do especially when it comes to the faff of washing it
Get some proper wet wipes
For those pesky jobs, nothing gets close to wet wipes for cleaning away grime even if they're not
Protect your hands from nasty chemicals
Gloves will always come in handy (sorry) in a garage and these black nitrile gloves are an
Disinfect surfaces without harming the environment
Chances are, if you haven't cleaned your garage in a while there will be all sorts of nasty stuff
Remove mould from your garage
Mould is a real possibility in a garage and it's never a nice thing to deal with. Black mould, in
Perfect for an oil spill
If you're working with oil then a simple bag of kitty litter will help in the event of a spill.
Heavy-duty garage storage
Metal shelves are a good way to organise a garage without spending loads of cash. These shelves
Best storage boxes
If your garage is also used as a storage unit and you're wanting to reclaim it for your car then
Store your tools properly
The garage is the perfect place to store your tools and a proper tool chest is the best way to
Best for wall storage
Utilise that wall space by hanging tools off it. A pegboard is a great way to squeeze some extra