Garages rarely get the love they deserve. Instead of being revered as a portal to your home or a workshop for do-it-yourself repairs, they're often disregarded simply as parking spaces or, worse, storage for all the things that no longer belong in the house. Clutter makes garages look dark and dirty, but reorganization and smart space usage can turn them into attractive parts of your home.
Remove The Clutter
If your garage looks bad, chances are it's holding too much. Pull the cars out into the driveway and dig through the boxes and bins that line the perimeter. Sort these into two categories: keepers and discards. Place the discards in the middle; throw them away, recycle them, or put them up for sale on eBay or at a garage sale.
Group What's Left
Sort everything you've kept into categories. Tools, garden supplies, hardware--anything you'd find at a fix-it store--all should go together. If your garage has a workbench, keep these items closest to it. Put bats and balls together with bicycles, and keep warm winter coats and sweaters in stackable bins.
Use Light And Color
Garages don't have to look gray and drab. Before you try to put everything back in its place, consider ways to liven up the garage's look. For example, pegboard is useful for hanging tools and it comes in colors and patterns. If you're a sports buff, consider the colors of your favorite team. Light is key; if your garage has windows, remove the curtains and wash the glass. If not, mount some work lights. Even artificial light can improve the appearance of a dank, depressing garage.
Make the most of your space. Mounting pegboard onto the drywall studs allows you to hang your gardening and handyman tools. Shelves make handy storage for things you need but don't use often. Wall hooks can keep your bicycle from becoming clutter.
Simple wall accessories can give a garage some life. Mount a clock or hang some framed posters. If you're feeling whimsical, try a dartboard; it can provide you with a handy mental break when you're stuck and trying to solve a problem.
Put In A New Floor
Sweep and scrub your floor, then roll out the G-floor. This rubbery floor covering is adhesive on one side and requires minimal installation. G-floor comes in many colors. It can brighten a garage and makes standing more comfortable than plain concrete.
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