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How to organize a garage

A messy, disorganized garage is just crying out

A messy, disorganized garage is just crying out for a storage makeover. Photo Credit: Fotolia

Show your garage some love, and you might find that you’re proud to open the door and take your time closing it.

BOTTOMS UP

The garage floor takes a beating, and although it’s not a beauty contest, giving your garage floor a makeover is a great starting point because it’ll get you to move everything out while you give the floor some attention. A garage floor coating kit is easy to apply, dries in about 36 hours and makes the whole garage look better.

Better still, before you throw everything back into the garage, the wait gives you a chance to assess which items you can get rid of.

STORAGE

A key improvement for any attached garage is to make it a mudroom, and, so, keep the mud and mess out of the house.

If your backdoor area is a jumble of coats, shoes and backpacks, consider outfitting the garage wall next to the house entry with hooks and cabinets. You can easily create these with stock cabinets from your local home center. Create a spot for shoes and boots, a place to sit while you put them on, and install cubbies and hooks for bags, backpacks, umbrellas and the like. Add wall cabinets at the top for more storage.

Think creatively about building materials: Turned on their side and mounted to a wall, even old wooden pallets make good storage.

What are your storage challenges? Is it bikes and sporting equipment? Maybe it’s recycling and laundry. Whatever your needs are, there’s a fix and a Pinterest board with multiple solutions. Bikes can be suspended from the shelving, and shelves can be added around the laundry to make it more practical. Items that are rarely used, such as camping equipment or holiday decorations, can go on overhead storage racks suspended from the ceiling. Kits are available at home centers and can put that unused space between the garage door and the ceiling to work.

PRETTY IT UP

When any room is more attractive, even the garage, we work harder at keeping it looking good. So, if you put up pegboard to organize your tools, trim it out and paint it.

Look at your backdoor. If it has seen better days, give it a new coat of paint or just replace it altogether. Just because your garage is practical doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be pretty.

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