Every garage owner knows the luxury of their extra storage space— at least until it becomes full. They soon learn how quickly that luxury can become a burden. Garage clutter isn’t something that happens overnight. It builds slowly, right under your nose until before you know it, you begin to lose track of where things are or what you even own.
If you’ve come to realize that your garage is more of a place to stash stuff then park your car, why not consider a makeover? This could mean anything from a good cleaning out, followed by reorganizing the area with just the essentials, or totally repurposing the room as extra living space.
Before you do anything, you’ll need to empty the garage. It is essential that you get a clear view of what you’re dealing with. To do this, pick a clear day and haul everything onto the driveway or lawn. Separate into five piles: garbage, recycling, selling, donating, keeping (hopefully that’s the small one). This can be the toughest part of the project, since it’s often difficult to let go of some things. A popular rule of thumb is to get rid of anything that you haven’t used in the past year. Once you have your piles, haul away the recyclables, garbage, and donated items. The stuff you wish to keep can be stored in a shed, attic or basement, depending on what they are. Set aside the stuff you wish to sell for now.
You should now be left with a relatively clean slate to work with. Depending on your family’s size and needs, there are many things you could do with this newly gained space. Some suggestions are:
Many of the above garage makeover ideas can still allow for storage within the garage. Garages come in all shapes and sizes, and therefore possibilities are endless. One half of the garage can be used for storage and the other for the office, play room, etc. It’s also important to note that keeping the garage door intact is still a good idea. For one thing, many municipalities require a permit to remove the garage door. Also, keeping the garage door has a positive impact on resale value. A garage is often a big selling point for homes, and retaining the option for future homeowners to use the space as a traditional garage is something to keep in mind.