I’ve heard countless people complain about a lack of living space in their homes and yet in many of them there’s a garage that is completely unusable and overwhelmed by “stuff.”
Why is it that people don’t view their garage as a livable space that is an extension of their home?
Well, let’s put a stop to that foolishness right now…
First of all, you need to determine what function your garage will serve. Do you need storage space? Do you want to use it as a craft or hobby area? Maybe it has to serve multiple functions for the different members of your family. Once you have a game plan, your next step is to clear it out and get rid of anything that no longer has a use.
Your garage isn’t a dumping ground so throw out or donate any items that you no longer need or want. Now that you have a great blank canvas, walk around a little and try to visualize what it can look like. While it’s empty, you may want to consider putting down some type of garage floor coating that will not only clean up and brighten a tired old floor; it will also protect it from damage or stains going forward. Garage flooring comes in many different forms so it’s important to pick one that suits your needs. Your garage floor coating should be determined by visual, durability, and installation requirements.
Once you have your garage flooring sorted you can start looking at making it a user-friendly area. Think about your storage needs and decide on shelving or cupboards, or even ceiling mounted racks for larger items. Making sure that you have adequate storage is a huge part of keeping your garage clear and clean and functional. Any home improvement store can provide you with nearly endless storage or workbench options; it’s simply a matter of picking the pieces that will work for you.
Now that you have your space tricked out from the garage flooring to the functionality of the storage and work areas, you need to keep it that way. Don’t look at it as the dumping ground that it may have been previously.
The more you use the space and appreciate the extra square footage in your home, the easier it will be to maintain it because once you understand how much space is available to you, you won’t want to give up!