The Ultimate Sprucing Up Your Garage for Spring Quiz

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Why does the garage often become so cluttered and messy?
because we don't take enough safety precautions to prevent this
because the car takes up so much room
because we often use it to store things or stash them away
We often use the garage as an extra storage room or the place where you stash something you won't need for a while (or may never need again).

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Why is springtime the ultimate time of the year to tidy up your garage?
because that's when people have allergies and hay fever
because spring represents renewal and regeneration
Springtime is the time of rebirth, renewal and regeneration. What better time to spruce up and rejuvenate your garage than the spring?
because it's hard to get around to it in the hot or cold seasons

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How can you group things together in your garage?
according to categories, like sports equipment or seasonal equipment
Try categorizing. Group together, say, all sports equipment or all summer stuff.
according to colors, like all red things together
according to price, like all expensive things together

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What material is useful as storage bin material?
aluminum
cardboard
plastic
The best and most useful storage bin material is plastic. Plastic storage bins are relatively inexpensive, protective against moisture and bugs and designed to stack well.

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If you stack storage bins on top of one another, you:
minimize order
maximize floor space
You end up maximizing the available floor space by clearing out what you can.
minimize floor space

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What depth of shelves should you put up in the garage to spruce it up?
narrow ones -- 5 to 10 inches (12 to 25 cms) deep
very deep ones -- 18 to 24 inches (45 to 60 cms) deep
The best are deep ones that are 18 to 24 inches (45 to 60 cms) deep.
super-deep ones -- 30 to 40 inches (76 to 101 cms) deep

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Instead of mounting rows and rows of shelves in your garage, what's a good solution?
mounting one, huge, deep-enough-for-everything shelf
mounting rows and rows of cabinets
using vertical cabinets with doors
Try vertical cabinets, preferably with doors. That way, the stored items will remain dust-free and neat-looking, too.

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What are the advantages of using locker-style cabinets for garage storage?
They're widely available and quite inexpensive.
Locker-style cabinets are widely sold and they also don't cost too much.
They're trendy and in fashion.
They're sleek, trim and classy.

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What is a neat way to store your bicycle in the garage?
on top of a wide shelf
mounted on large, screw-in hooks
You can hang it up. Just install large, screw-in hooks into the wall and hang your bike on them.
at the back of the car

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How can you spring-clean your garage floor?
Dust it with a feather duster.
Give it a repainting.
Sweep it and, if possible, hose it down.
Get a good straw broom and sweep it out. And if you can, hose it down.

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The hammock pillows you store in your garage smell of mold. What can you do about it?
Bang them out with a carpet beater.
Launder them in a hot wash.
Put them into your washing machine and wash them on a hot cycle. The mold smell should go away.
Rub them with a cloth dipped in bleach.

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The garage windows and surfaces need cleaning but you are loathe to use harsh, expensive chemicals. Are there any options?
No, only chemicals get the job done properly.
Yes, use lemon juice concentrate.
Yes, use a vinegar/water solution.
Take regular vinegar from your pantry, mix it with water and presto! It cleans beautifully.

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During spring-cleaning, what can you do to refresh your lawnmower?
Recoat it with a new layer of paint.
Polish and wax it.
Dust it off and act in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions for post-hibernation.
Once your lawnmower has come out of its winter hibernation, you'll need to dust it off and prepare it again for use. Follow the manufacturer's instructions.

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After weeks of waiting for clement weather, you are ready to plant the bulbs that have been sitting in newspaper in the garage. What's the first step?
Check for mold and check their condition.
First and foremost, check that the bulbs are okay wrapped up in there and that there is no mold. If all's good, then go ahead and plant them.
Check that the newspaper is current.
Have a hot coffee and roll up your sleeves.

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Where should you put your gardening tools when you spruce up the garage?
Put them at the back so that they'll be out of the way for a while.
Bring them to the forefront, where you can reach them easily.
Don't put them outside or way at the back of the garage where you'll never reach them. Instead, bring them to the front so that they're easily accessible.
Move them outside the garage.

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It's time to take your bicycle off its wall mount so that you can go riding again in the spring sunshine. Before you ride, you should:
reposition the seat
replace the gears
inflate the tires
Dust it off and inflate the tires. This will rejuvenate the bicycle and make it ready for use.

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Why do you need to inflate bicycle tires, soccer balls and pool floats after they've been lying dormant?
because the pressure builds up inside them when they're not in use
only in order to exercise the pump -- the tires and balls themselves don't need it
because they deflate a little when they're not in use
Usually, these things lose a little air when they're lying around unused.

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Your grill has been sitting in the garage since last summer. How can you spruce it up?
Hose it down.
Scrub it down.
Scrub it. Rub-a-dub-dub!
Lie it down.

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Where should you put hazardous materials?
in accessible cabinets
high up, out of the reach of children
Keep on the safe side and put them as high as your ladder allows. If they're too accessible to you, they'll be accessible to your children, too.
tucked under the bottom shelf

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How do you keep children away from your tools and sharp objects in the garage?
Teach them the boundaries of what they can touch and what's off-limits.
Teach your children their parameters in the garage. Some things, like outdoor toys, they can touch, while other things are absolutely off-limits.
Never let them go into the garage for any reason.
Teach them how to handle them. And if they make a mistake, don't worry -- they'll learn soon enough.

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