We here at White Rabbit know that you’re probably proud of your garage, and that you might be a little sad that summer is coming to a close. The garage is often thought of as primarily a summertime space—people tend to spend the most time in their garages during the summer, and we store lots of summertime equipment there for easy retrieval. However, items that you will need all year-round get stored in the garage, and even when it’s cold out you can still use your garage as a workspace. All you need to do is properly prepare your garage for autumn and winter. We’re going to tell you what you need to do in order to keep your garage clean, organized, and perfectly usable, even when it’s below zero out!
- Clean up from summer use. This step is very important. Not only will it protect your items from being left out and possibly broken, but it will make the cold seasons and the beginning of the warm season much easier for you. First, put away anything that’s been left out. Return bikes back to their places on the bike rack, and put toys and tools back into their proper bins and cabinets. Leave nothing out of its place. Then, clean the floor. Sweep it thoroughly, and—if it’s not concrete—mop it. Once everything is spic-n’-span, you can go on to the next step.
- Switch out summer items from their highly accessible spots for fall and winter items. If it’s late enough in the season, you can put the lawn mower away, and bring out the snow and leaf blowers. Since the holiday season is approaching, you are going to need your decorations soon. Make sure those are easy to get to, because you don’t want to try to find them, or be fighting to get to them when it gets cold out!
- Next, you’ll need to winterize your garage door. You can buy garage door winterizing kits from your local hardware store. The package will come with directions, but it’s just weather stripping, so it’s easy to apply. You can also buy a rubber strip to put at the bottom of the door, so that cold air doesn’t get in that way. Additionally, you can buy a window winterizing kit to cover your windows. This will keep your garage as warm as possible.
- If you have plumbing to your garage, you will need to insulate any exposed pipes. The easiest way to do this is to purchase pre-made insulation that fits around common pipe sizes. To secure, just use zip ties. This is also a very easy, but important step. Not insulating exposed pipes can cause them to freeze and burst, and no one wants to fix a pipe in the middle of winter!
Following these steps will help you ensure that your garage stays clean, organized, and useable. You can purchase a space heater or two, also, to make your garage warm enough to work or relax in no matter the temperature outside!