There is no fast rule when it comes to home organization. Springtime doesn’t own the block on refreshing any living space. So if you are looking to upgrade your home, consider ways you can do something with your garage for the summer. Chances are you are using your garage as most of us do for storage. However, having a functional and organized garage can help you be more efficient and more satisfied with your home. It doesn’t even need to cost a lot, not if you are doing the majority of the work yourself.
Take Everything Out
Naturally, before starting any home project, you need to clear the space. Take everything out and go through it, decide what you want to keep and what’s expendable. Things you don’t need anymore can be donated to charity, give to someone you know or have a good old-fashioned yard sale. Plus, removing everything from the space allows you to see how much true living area you have to organize. You’d be amazed at how much junk we aquire over time that we just aren’t using.
Fix Anything That’s Broken
I’m famous for “I’ll get around to fixing that” are you? Like those tools you have on the wall aren’t just for decoration. Once your garage is cleared out, you can inspect it for damages. Moldy corners, and cracked windows, or anything you feel should be taken care before you start remodeling. Always wear appropriate safety equipment like gloves or goggles to help keep you safe. Using a tracking list also for supplies you will need during your renovation, even if it’s a small renovation. A list can come in handy, especially when fixing things that need fixing.
Clean & Paint
When all the little fixes are done, make sure you clean everything thoroughly. Various debris can attract vermin, so make sure you do not skip cleaning even the smallest of spaces. Repaint the easy fixes by painting which doesn’t cost very much. Look into using a the best paint sprayer for the walls for the walls to make the job faster and easier. You can choose a striking new color, or go with a more subtle tone depending on your preference. Just make sure you paint the garage door to match, seeing how the door is the most prominent part of your house. So make sure you leave a good impression on it.
When it comes to flooring, you should really think about what you plan to use your garage for. If it’s going to be a storage area, put in some easy to clean material like linoleum. However, if you will be using it for your car, don’t waste the money on special flooring and leave the concrete. If you are turning your garage into a play area for the kids, then splash it up with some carpet to keep things warm in the winter. No matter what flooring you choose, make sure it is durable, will last a long time, is cost effective for the space and something you won’t have to replace in a year or two.
Add Storage Options
Finally, no matter what you decide to use your garage for, you will still need some storage options to help keep things in order. There are numerous options to choose from. Pinterest is a great resource if you are looking for ideas. Things like wall mounted storage units are ideal for small garages. Whereas ceiling mounted units are perfect if your garage has enough space vertically.
Make sure when all is said and done and your garage is neat and in order that you don’t end up right back where you started. Make some rules for yourself and stick to them. Decide what goes in the garage and what is off limits, and always keep the rule of thumb that you return things to their respective places after using them so that everyone, including yourself, knows where something is when you go in search to find it.
What are some ways you have organized your garage that you feel are helpful? Share them below in the comments. I’d love to hear them!