To some, a garage is a shelter for their car, and for others it’s just additional storage, but most of us, I’m guessing, use it for little bit of each. Though your garage may be one of the most overlooked areas in your house (or used primarily as a dumping ground), the reality of it is that it’s simply an extension of your home and a well-organized garage not only improves the look of your home, it can make things much, much easier in terms of storage and space.
We are fortunate to have a large, 3 car garage with ample storage space and we are also privileged have a downstairs storage room with john-deer doors that lead out to the back yard. So, rather than cluttering up the upstairs garage, my husband keeps all of his yard and maintenance contraptions (lawnmower, weed eater, leaf blower, power tools, etc.) downstairs. Aside from the additional storage room, we also have a very large unfinished furnace room who’s main purpose is to serve as that of a storm shelter but we mainly use it for seasonal storage. And for the sake of convenience, I keep all of my janitorial/cleaning supplies above my washer and dryer in the laundry room.
But, if your garage is your only storage option,
make the most out of it’s use by creating a …
- Transition Area to store coats, hats, frequently worn shoes, gloves, scarves, etc
- Need it now zone for dog food, trash, and recycling.
- Janitorial area for cleaning supplies
- Maintenance nook for yard supplies and tools
Keep it Clean
The garage is (generally) the first thing you see when you first get home. It’s also the one room in the house that’s exposed to your neighbors, so why not come home to a clutter-free, stress-free homecoming by keeping your garage as tidy as possible.
- A fresh coat of paint really cleans a space up. Tip: keep the color light.
- Vertical storage racks will help keep your floors free of clutter.
- Dedicated storage totes will consolidate like items.
- Labels will help distinguish one storage tote from another.