The calendar still shows us in the midst of spring. That means spring cleaning time is in full effect. And, if you plan on selling a home in one of the safest cities in Florida anytime soon, you need to make sure everything on your property is in tip-top shape. That includes the garage. Feel overwhelmed at the thought of tackling that area of your Naples home? No need to worry. The following guide to garage cleaning makes simple work of this loathsome task.

Garage Cleaning Made Simple

Add Shelves/Bins

Oftentimes, a mess garage comes about due to a lack of storage. How about an easy way to alleviate that problem. Shelves! If that’s not the issue, consider purchasing storage bins. Best case scenario: shelves and bins. Make sure the bins include securely fastening lids. Label the outside of each bin so you know exactly what it contains before opening it. Park your large, heavy objects on the bottom shelf.

Get Organized

Sometimes, the best way to do this is to tackle one shelf at a time. First, take everything off of it. Then, sort through. Throw away any trash right away. That includes broken items beyond repair. It seems we always collect this stuff in the nooks and crannies of our homes, including the garage. Separate what you have left into three piles: keep, sell, donate.


Place items you plan on keeping into their appropriate bin. Remember to label the outside of your bin for easy reference. Bag or box up donations and take them to your local charity of choice right away (Salvation Army, Goodwill, etc). Right now, the safest way to sell your stuff would probably be through Facebook Marketplace. Take a photo of the item you wish to sell. Then, post it on Facebook Marketplace with your contact info and your sale price. Super simple. You can even set it up as a no-contact sale through PayPal, Venmo or any other online payment system.


Follow these instructions for a quick, simple garage cleaning that won’t stress you out.


Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos