How to Prepare Your Garage for Fall

When fall comes around, it means the weather will start cooling off and more rain will be on its way soon. As the seasons change, so do the needs around the house. There are some things to check on in your garage before fall arrives to keep it in top shape.

Some of these things are like spring cleaning, which leads to a nice and tidy garage. Some are larger projects that may have been put off for a while. Here are some tips on how to prepare your garage for fall.

Clean up and organize

Walking into your own well-organized garage can be extremely satisfying. That feeling when you know everything is where it should be, things are relatively clean and maybe there’s even some room to spread out or park a car can put a smile on anyone’s face. It can take a bit of work, but here are some steps to break it down into smaller, more manageable tasks:

  • Toss the trash: Sometimes a garage can be a catchall space, where you put things “just for now” until you find a proper place for them or have time to deal with them. But it’s easy to just throw things in the garage and forget about them. The start of fall is a good time to deal with those things. This can feel overwhelming, but one good way to get the ball rolling is to identify what you know is destined for the trash, and take care of it.
  • Put away summer tools: Once the trash is gone, you can start organizing what’s left. There are some tools that really only get used in summer, and a good place to start with organization is to put away those tools you won’t be needing in the fall and winter months.
  • Make room for cars: Now that the trash is gone and your summer tools are put away, you may be able to make room for cars in the garage. After all, that’s what it was originally designed for, right? Clean the floor space as much as possible, and take advantage of any available shelf space or loft storage in the ceiling.
  • Prepare for pests: The fall and winter months will see rodents like mice and rats seeking shelter in warmer, dry places—like your garage. Look for any holes or other openings they might be able to enter through, and seal them up. Make sure to take care of even the small entrances, as that will help keep out bug infestations as well.
  • Check your garage door and opener: If the garage door isn’t opening properly, it’s important to get it fixed right away. Especially if you need to park your car in the garage during a rainstorm, it can be frustrating to have to open it manually, or worse, have to park outside after spending all that time clearing out your garage to be able to park inside!

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