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Tips for spring cleaning your garage

Spring cleaning your garage can seem quite overwhelming, as you can end up with quite a lot of clutter over the years. However, setting time apart to tackle it yearly is a good idea. And there’s no better time to do this than spring!

Garages often become cluttered and disorganised over time, because they’re used as a dumping ground for storage, hobbies, projects, and more, and might even leave you with no space to park your car.

That’s why we’ve created a list of spring cleaning tips to help you organise your garage to become a usable and tidy space in your home.

Step 1: Create a garage spring cleaning checklist

Start your cleaning process by preparing a checklist that includes decluttering, reorganising, cleaning and maintenance. A plan will motivate you and help keep all the moving parts of this project in order.

Then, set aside some time over the weekend, play some music, and tackle the list one item at a time!

Step 2: Make it a family effort

Spring cleaning the garage can be a big task, so rope your family members in to make the process faster and more enjoyable. Assign specific tasks to each member based on their capabilities and interests. You can even make it a competition to speed up the process!

Step 3: Reward yourselves

Cross items off your checklist for a sense of accomplishment and motivation. Furthermore, why not treat yourself and your family to a small reward or outing once the garage is clean and organised? Tell them about the prize or award at the end of the task, and you’ll see how quickly they start helping with renewed enthusiasm.

Step 4: Declutter

Begin by sorting your belongings into piles, such as ‘keep’, ‘donate’, ‘sell’, or ‘throw away’. This will help you sift through years of hoarding and give you a clear picture of what needs to go where.

Step 5: Reorganise

Next, organise your goods in the ‘keep’ pile into different categories, like equipment, decorations, and seasonal items.

Remember to keep frequently used things in convenient places so you can reach and put them back quickly. Consider using clear buckets with labelled lids to prevent pests and dust while still being able to see what’s inside them.

Step 6: Optimise garage storage and organisation

Use the vertical space in your garage by installing wall-mounted shelves, hooks, and racks to store items such as gardening tools and sports gear. Clearing floor space not only makes your garage look neater but also allows more room for your car(s).

If you have a lot to store, explore various types of storage, like plastic crates, cabinets, and overhead racks, to make the most of your available space.

Step 7: Clean out and organise car equipment

As a part of your garage spring cleaning, don’t forget to clean out and organise essential items such as your car battery charger, car wash kit, and anti-freeze, also known as coolant.

Remember to make sure they work and are easily accessible when you need them.

Step 8: Make sure you clean top to bottom

Now that your stuff is taken care of, it’s time to clean your garage. Start at the top and dust away any cobwebs from the ceiling and walls. Wipe down cupboards and shelving, wash out dusty light fixtures and replace any dead lightbulbs to give your garage space a fresh look and feel.

Step 9: Clean the floor

Sweep, mop and vacuum the floor to remove any dirt and stains. Use warm water, soap, a sponge, and a little elbow grease for stubborn marks. A clean garage floor not only looks better but also ensures a safer and more pleasant environment for you and your car.

Step 10: Address maintenance needs

First, inspect your garage doors. Clean the inside and outside with a broom, sponge, and a bucket of soapy water. While busy, look for any problem areas, such as cracks, rust, or rot.

Touch up paint or wood stain as needed, and lubricate the garage door opener chain or screw drive. A well-maintained garage door is essential for your garage’s security and functionality – not to mention keeping your car safe and sound!

Step 11: Don’t forget about inside your car

It’s also a good idea to check that your car’s maintenance is up to date and that it’s stocked with all the necessary items you might need while on the road.

While you’re at it, check when your next car service is due to keep your vehicle in optimal condition. Setting a reminder in your calendar now for when your next one is due is always a good idea.

Step 12: Keep your car safe outside the garage with trusted car insurance

While spring cleaning and making sure your garage is in top shape, don’t forget about your car’s safety on the road. Prime South Africa offers various car insurance options to suit your needs, ensuring you and your vehicle are protected from unforeseen circumstances.

Remember, Prime’s reliable car insurance offers peace of mind so you can enjoy your journeys without worry. Take a moment to complete this form and get a competitive car insurance quote today.


This article provides general information on tips you could follow to spring clean your garage. However, it’s not a complete list and you should always seek professional advice when fixing your garage or taking your car for a service.

Prime is the non-mandated intermediary, and Santam Structured Insurance (SSI) is the insurer. Remember to always buy car insurance with much thought and only through a certified financial services provider.

Reach out to us today to learn more about getting affordable, comprehensive car insurance with fixed premiums* and a reduce-to-zero excess*. *T&Cs apply.

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