Growing up, the garage at my parent’s house was used as some kind of a black
hole. Things no longer wanted, used only once, would be thrown in presumably
never to return. This couldn’t have been farther from the truth. In reality all those
unused items just sat there collecting dust and generally making the garage an
unusable space. It doesn’t have to be that way though. With a little bit of organization,
and some effort, you can turn your garage into anything from a chamber for
your cars, to the studio you have always wanted.
For most people, the garage is where you park your car. Unfortunately, many
people have garages that aren’t even suitable for that. Lack of space
or precarious towers of photo albums and gardening tools, prevent people from
keeping their cars where they belong. Not only does your keeping a car in
the garage gives it an extra layer of security; it removes it from the vulnerable
positions in driveways and streets, where a ding or scratch is inevitable. For
those with new cars, all shiny and nice, you don’t want to leave your car exposed
to the elements.
So if you plan on keeping your car in your garage, start there. It is likely the
biggest thing to go in the garage so you should plan around it accordingly.
Envision where you would like to park it, and go from there.
Cutting Your Losses
Ok so next step: You are going to have to make some hard decisions, potentially
fight off a legion of spiders, and then have a garage sale to celebrate. If your
garage is a clutter-filled mess, you are going to have to dive right in and start
cleaning. This part of the job can be as fun as it is tiring. You are likely to find
at least one or two things that you had forgotten about long ago, that are
still worth keeping. Don’t get carried away though, the reason your garage
is so cluttered is because it is filled with junk. Be ruthless. Have a garage sale
to sell all of your unwanted stuff, and if you can’t get rid of everything, don’t put
it back in, throw it away or (better option) donate it to your local Goodwill, Salvation
Army or other charitable organization.
Ok, so you can see the floor of your garage for the first time in 10 years. Big
whoop. It’s time to make some designs and plans for your garage’s newly
minted future. Wall mounted shelving is a great way to maximize the space
available in your garage without re-cluttering it. Create separate shelves or
areas for separate items: tools on the bottom shelf, old Pokemon cards on the
top, your favorite stuffed animals you refuse to get rid of because you saw
Toy Story 3 and you would never do that to Elmo, in the middle. Really the garage
is your oyster as they say it. At this point you can park your car and just sit
in it for a while admiring all the space around you, or get down to work on
your perfect bachelor pad. You did it. Pat yourself on the back and get on
to your next project.