How to transform your garage in just 4 hours
Achieve a well-organized garage with these fall cleaning tips from Periwinkle.
Seth Lewandowski, Jordan “Jordo” Evans and Cole Johnson
The expectation for garages is that they are cluttered, packed with boxes of keepsakes, old lawn mowers and strands of half-burned-out holiday lights. Having an organized garage, although desirable, can seem unattainable.
Jordan “Jordo” Evans realized garage cleaning wasn’t so daunting one summer during college. He revitalized his parents’ garage in less than three hours, then extended the service to family friends. Four years later, he co-founded Periwinkle, a garage cleaning business with two of his best friends.
Now Evans’ methods combined with Cole Johnson’s and Seth Lewandowski’s efficient strategies are changing the garage norm and helping customers across Tulsa get the garages they want.
Periwinkle began transforming garages in May 2017. As the holidays near with their impending lights to install and gifts to store, the guys at Periwinkle offer some expert tips that they follow to transform garages in less than four hours.
1. Remove and sort simultaneously.
Start with clearing, taking everything out of the garage and simultaneously organizing by hauling out related items together in plastic tubs. Clearing can be the longest stage, which Periwinkle describes as “climbing the mountain,” since it involves deciding what to keep. For easy decision making, Periwinkle advises donating duplicates and those half-empty cans of paint.
2. Clean your garage like any other room.
Once the garage is empty, Periwinkle cleans, removing everything off the walls and ceiling, sweeping it out and power washing. No hazardous chemicals are required for this step, and most of the cleaning supplies Periwinkle uses can be found at the supermarket.
3. Opt for clear boxes and off-the-floor storage.
With a clean, empty garage, it’s easy to imagine its organizational potential. For easy organization, Periwinkle installs pre-made shelves. At the bare minimum, they recommend keeping items off the ground to deter rodents and insects, and storing items in clear, plastic tubs for easy locating and as an alternative to critter-attracting cardboard boxes. And for those brooms and rakes piled in the corner, buy wall tracks.
4. Play music while you purge.
The hardest part of revamping your garage can be facing the space that hasn’t been cleaned in years. To get over that hump, Periwinkle recommends playing some music, starting with one section, and making a goal to fill one trash bag with unwanted items. After the big purge, an organized garage is easier to maintain, removing the stress that once emanated from the clutter.