Has your garage basically turned into a place to store all of the items you don’t have room for? Over time, these things pile up and you may find yourself having to park in the driveway due to all of the clutter. It doesn’t have to be this way. With some simple updating and organization, your garage can be a space that serves multiple purposes. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
There are many options to choose from when organizing your garage. Because some of the items are probably bigger or clunky, you may want to use multiple organizational tools. For the items that you use annually, such as camping gear or holiday decorations, you may want to create a ceiling storage system that can house large rubber tubs. Be sure to label the tubs so you can easily find the one you want. Tooling, extension cords, and garden items are best stored on your walls either on vertical racks with hooks or a simple peg board system. And lastly, consider adding a cabinet system for cleaning supplies, bulk items, or sports gear. Not only will your garage be clean and organized, you’ll also have increased your storage space for the entire home.
Insulate the Door
Now that your garage is clean and organized, you may want to spend some time in there tinkering around. Insulating your garage door will give you year round access to do so. Insulation kits are readily available at most home improvement stores and can be done both easily and cheaply. Due to your garage door being insulated, your temperatures will remain cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, allowing you more time for projects, working on that old car you’ve been wanting to get running, or hanging out with the neighbors.
Redo the Floor
Choosing flooring for your garage isn’t like choosing flooring for your home – it needs to be a bit more durable. With that said, there are a number or options to choose from. The least expensive and easiest option is to add a floor cover which sticks to the garage floor, or covering the floor with an epoxy shield paint. If you want to jazz it up a bit, you can install garage tiles, but keep in mind this is significantly more expensive but still looks nice. No matter what style you choose, it’s a good idea to add a garage door threshold seal to protect the floor by sealing off any gaps that may allow water in during a heavy rain. Worried about oil leaks? You may want to purchase some oil leak mats to protect the floor by soaking up any excess oil.
Add a Workbench
Tired of using that old card table for your DIY projects? It’s time to treat yourself to a sturdy and solid workbench instead. Whether you plan to buy or build your workbench, there are a few things that you need to consider, such as the amount of space you have available, the height you require, your budget, and what types of projects you’ll be using it for. If you have limited space in your garage, consider building a folding work table that attaches to your wall. If you prefer your workbench to be mobile, add some casters to the feet. And if you need additional storage, consider a workbench with shelves. There are many styles to choose from, so just be sure to consider your needs prior to buying or building.
Your garage can be so much more than a storage locker with enough attention paid to it. These tips should help you get there.
If you’d like to talk more about these ideas, or if there’s something else I can be of assistance with, please reach out to me. I’m always happy to help.