Have a Messy Garage? You Missed National Clean Out Your Garage Day, But There’s Still Time for Improvement

garageSix years ago, The Lehigh Group — makers of the Crawford brand garage and home workshop organization products — began National Clean Out Your Garage Day, in an effort to get more people to organize their garages.

Today, the tradition continues, still on the first weekend after Labor Day — and some Tulsa, Okla.,-area residents illustrated why.

Tulsa World, which is the region’s local newspaper, held a contest on Facebook to find out who had the messiest garage.

Submissions for the contest included some pretty horrifying — and hazardous — confessions, such as:

    • “Forget seeing the floor, we can barely see the ceiling.”
    • “I found a dead rat in a bag … and it fit right in with the rest of the decor.”
    • “You can’t even get in my garage. If you open the overhead door, that’s about all you can do.”
    • And perhaps the scariest: “My garage is horrible. I went to clean it out last year and was greeted by a snake which I killed with a shovel over and over. I closed the door and have not returned to cleaning it out.”

The “winner” of the contest, Brandi Reed, was photographed for the paper in her garage. In the photos, she stands in possibly one of the only spots with space for her feet, among stacks of plastic tubs and racks of clothing.

Reed admitted that her garage hasn’t seen a car since last January, when she and her husband began storing excess items in the space.

According to a survey by The Lehigh Group, 40% of the 1,007 adult respondents said that they have never cleaned their garage, which they admit is the most cluttered area of the home.

Deborah Hanson, director of external affairs for The Lehigh Group, said that the holiday weekend, which traditionally wraps up summer activities, is a great time to de-clutter, reorganize and make the space safer overall.

For some homeowners, like those in Tulsa, who have trouble opening their overhead doors, getting a new garage door installation may be in order if the clutter has caused permanent damage — or if the newly cleaned space needs sprucing up.

“While cleaning out your garage, it is recommend to have your garage inspected by a professional to ensure properly functionality,” says Jim Null of Durbin Garage Doors. “This will help to avoid any sort of garage door failure that could prove to be inconvenient, or even potentially harm garage contents.”

And for those who missed National Clean Out Your Garage Day, it’s not too late to give the space a makeover. There’s always spring cleaning, which is when Reed plans to tackle her garage’s mess.

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