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The Ultimate Sprucing Up Your Garage for Spring Quiz
by Staff
The trees are blossoming, the flowers are in bloom and your garage looks like a dusty junkyard. It's time to spruce it up from A to Z. It's not as hard as you might think, as you'll see when you take this quiz.

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

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
  • because it's hard to get around to it in the hot or cold seasons

How can you group things together in your garage?

  • according to categories, like sports equipment or seasonal equipment
  • according to colors, like all red things together
  • according to price, like all expensive things together

What material is useful as storage bin material?

  • aluminum
  • cardboard
  • plastic

If you stack storage bins on top of one another, you:

  • minimize order
  • maximize floor space
  • minimize floor space

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
  • super-deep ones -- 30 to 40 inches (76 to 101 cms) deep

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

What are the advantages of using locker-style cabinets for garage storage?

  • They're widely available and quite inexpensive.
  • They're trendy and in fashion.
  • They're sleek, trim and classy.

What is a neat way to store your bicycle in the garage?

  • on top of a wide shelf
  • mounted on large, screw-in hooks
  • at the back of the car

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.

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.
  • Rub them with a cloth dipped in bleach.

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.

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.

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.
  • Check that the newspaper is current.
  • Have a hot coffee and roll up your sleeves.

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.
  • Move them outside the garage.

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

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

Your grill has been sitting in the garage since last summer. How can you spruce it up?

  • Hose it down.
  • Scrub it down.
  • Lie it down.

Where should you put hazardous materials?

  • in accessible cabinets
  • high up, out of the reach of children
  • tucked under the bottom shelf

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.
  • 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.