17 Essential Goals Savvy Homeowners Have on Their Garage Wish List

garage wish list, parked blue car

Just 11% of homeowners say they’re content with their garage and wouldn’t want to improve it in some way.

That’s according to a Wall Street Journal survey. And a Peachtree Consulting survey found that over 50% of homeowners plan on reorganizing their garage within the next two years.

These numbers aren’t surprising, considering the garage is typically the most disorganized room in a house. It’s also usually the most overlooked room when considering home improvement upgrades.

So what essential ideas and goals should be on a garage wish list for anyone looking to transform this space?

17 must-have goals for your garage wish list

If you’re thinking about upgrading your garage, your garage wish list may only have a few items on it. But if you’re planning your dream garage, why not dream big?

These are some of the most common ways homeowners are looking to make improvements to their garages:

  • gaining more storage space
  • having less floor clutter
  • making the room look nicer
  • creating more parking space
  • adding modern features and conveniences

All of the above are huge benefits of having a garage makeover done. There are other areas that merit attention when planning a garage remodel, however.

We’ve put together a comprehensive list of 17 ways to make any garage stand out. Hopefully, you’ll get a few more ideas to make your garage wish list more complete.

With a little extra thought and the expertise of a reliable garage makeover pro, you can far exceed your original vision of how your garage looks and functions once the project is completed.

1. A garage that looks tidy and clean

The biggest pet peeve of anyone who is unhappy with their garage is that it always looks like a mess.

Having garage floor clutter might feel like one of those things in life that you just have to accept. It’s actually not difficult at all to eliminate it. All you need to do is use better storage systems (like slatwall panels) that keep things organized with less effort.

Storage systems can be set up to hang tools and accommodate all of those infrequently used things (such as bulky seasonal items) that are permanently clogging up your garage floor.

Even using more hidden storage space with cabinetry gets rid of the visual clutter that a bunch of items stored on open shelving creates in a garage.

Modern garage storage system additions and dècor upgrades have a huge impact on the appearance of garages. For example, there’s no comparison between how much cleaner a polyaspartic-coated floor looks compared to the typical garage floor, which is cracked, grimy, and dull grey.

And naturally, a clutter-free garage is that much easier to clean.

2. More garage storage space

Any garage wish list will have more storage space as a top priority.

Some homeowners resort to making their garage larger, buying a shed, or renting a self-storage unit to fulfill their storage needs. Choosing any of those options is unnecessary, however.

The main key to maximizing your garage’s storage space is actually rather simple – just choose the right storage systems and utilize the walls and ceiling areas more efficiently.

Your garage’s underused vertical space is your best friend in the battle against floor clutter. Slatwall panels are a great storage solution and can be personalized to your needs with hanging accessories that can be arranged in an endless number of configurations.

Wall-mounted and overhead storage racks for bulky things like tires, patio furniture, storage bins with holiday decorations, and other seasonal items will help to get the most out of your garage’s storage capabilities.

A more organized garage means parking vehicles will be easier, but you can even take advantage of your unused ceiling space to add a car lift for storing another vehicle.

Make no mistake – if you have years of collected junk in your garage, it’ll require a healthy investment of your time to purge your belongings down to only what’s really needed. Once that’s done, though, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying a part of your home that’s able to be a lot more functional.

items hanging on garage wall

A garage’s walls have a wealth of storage space just waiting to be properly utilized.

3. Looks that your neighbors will envy

When it comes to curb appeal and garages, your garage doors might seem to be the only thing that affects how neighbors, visitors, and passersby view your house’s appearance.

They’re unquestionably important, considering garage doors can account for as much as a third of a home’s front exterior.

Don’t forget about what’s behind the garage doors, however. Whenever those doors are open, your garage’s interior appearance reveals to others the standards you have for your entire home.

For many homeowners, it’s not something they’re eager to share with the rest of the world. An Impulse Research survey found that 24% of homeowners are embarrassed to leave their garage doors open.

A garage remodel not only takes care of the clutter that makes garages an eyesore, you can also create a unique, high-end look that stands out amongst the other homes in your neighborhood.

Owning a garage the neighbors wish was their own is more common than you might think. Just over half of those who participated in a study by the Thompson’s Company wanted to own a garage their neighbors envied.

4. A reliable pro to do your garage makeover

Unless you’re super handy, a major garage remodel is not exactly the kind of home improvement project you want to DIY.

It’s natural to feel a little overwhelmed about how to successfully pull off a successful garage makeover. That includes worrying about finding a contractor that can do the job right.

As with any home improvement project you’re undertaking, hiring a professional with expertise, trustworthiness, and great products will result in a completed project you’re completely happy with.

You need to work within your budget, of course, but remember that first-rate work and high quality products are worth the extra cost.

Garage Living has been specializing in garage redesigns for 15 years, with thousands of completed projects under our belt across North America. That kind of experience and our high quality of work has made us an industry leader in garage makeovers.

5. A durable, nicer-looking floor

How your garage floor looks can make or break the room’s overall appearance.

Let’s face it, any garage with a concrete floor that’s grey, stained, pitted, and cracked (which describes most garage floors, unfortunately) is fighting an uphill battle when it comes to projecting an appealing look.

Applying floor paint to an ugly garage floor is the equivalent of treating the symptom and not curing the disease, to quote the old expression.

DIY epoxy floor coating kits will produce better results than floor paint, but are still vastly inferior to polyaspartic garage floor coatings.

Here’s why a polyaspartic floor coating like Floortex™ should be on the garage wish list of anyone planning a makeover:

  • polyaspartic coatings provide superior protection for the concrete surface
  • they’re extremely durable and long-lasting
  • coated floors are sealed to protect from long-term damage caused by water and chemical spills
  • a Floortex™-coated floor is easy to clean
  • the shiny surface and customized colors give your garage a stylish appearance that complements your interior décor
  • the decorative flakes provide improved traction
silver car parked in garage

Great garage makeovers start from the floor up!

6. An organized space where things are easy to find

“Garage organization” might seem like an oxymoron to those with category 5 garage catastrophes on their hands.

Messy garages end up frustratingly costing you hours of wasted time every year trying to find things. When your garage is set up with a proper organization system that simplifies how things are stored, you’ll wonder why you waited so long to correct the problem.

Establishing storage zones that keep things together by category helps, as does making your most often-used items more accessible.

For example, let’s say you live in a northern climate. From the spring until late fall, yard and gardening tools should be hung on an easy-to-access spot on the slatwall. Bikes and sports gear that are frequently used during this time of year would also be candidates for prime slatwall storage space.

When winter comes, rotate out the things stored on those wall hanging spaces and replace them with items like snow shovels and winter sports equipment.

For the most infrequently used items in the garage, put them up high and out of the way in overhead racks. Something like bulky plastic storage bins filled with Christmas decorations will literally only need to be retrieved once a year from the garage. Why let them take up floor space against the garage wall for 10 or 11 months of the year?

Hand tools often get lost because they’re small and don’t have a dedicated storage area. In addition to the aggravation of not being able to find that one tool needed for a particular job, lost tools end up getting repurchased. With a cabinet storage system, tool organization worries become a thing of the past.

When everything in your garage has a home, there’s less guesswork involved finding things. The chances that your belongings will get put back in their rightful location are also greatly improved.

7. Plenty of parking space

A garage’s main purpose is for parking vehicles, yet according to a Sparefoot survey, just under half of the 1,000 homeowners polled said they had problems parking in their garages

A U.S. Department of Energy study found that 25% of people with 2-car garages don’t park in them at all. A third can only park one car. There’s a good chance your garage wish list includes headache-free parking as a goal.

Dealing with your clutter opens up your garage once again to accommodate vehicle parking and enjoying all the benefits that come with garage parking. Remember that your vehicles should own the space on your garage floor, not a bunch of dusty, seldom-used clutter.

And don’t settle for just enough space to barely squeeze your cars into the garage. Freeing up all of your floor space enables you to drive in and out of the garage (as well as enter and exit vehicles) comfortably.

To supplement the amount of garage parking space that’s available, consider getting a car lift. This convenient and easy-to-use product can store one car on an elevated platform, while allowing you to park another vehicle safely below it.

8. More garage functionality

In addition to parking and storage, garages are prime candidates to be used for other purposes that make them an even more functional part of your home.

Many of our clients have asked us to design garages that made room for:

  • a workshop outfitted with custom cabinetry
  • doing vehicle maintenance (which 25% of homeowners surveyed by the Wall Street Journal used their garages for)
  • a home gym
  • working on crafting projects
  • doing gardening tasks

Heating and air conditioning systems can be added to any garage to make the room more comfortable when the weather is hot or cold.

Because our makeovers result in the garages being so clean, modern-looking, and tidy, it’s even ideal for use as an entertainment space. You can have your buddies over to watch a sporting event on the TV that’s mounted in the garage’s cabinet system.

9. An easier to clean garage

When you think of most garages you’ve ever been in, the word “clean” is not exactly the first word that comes to mind to describe them.

You’ve heard the expression “it’s not a bug, it’s a feature”? Well, just like floor clutter, a musty smell and dirty floor don’t need to fall into that category in every garage.

That’s the old way of thinking. Modern garages that have gotten the makeover treatment look so much cleaner because their décor has gotten a refresh and they’re simply much easier spaces to maintain.

It starts with the elimination of floor clutter and all of that useless stuff that hasn’t been touched in years. Getting rid of that junk has a direct impact on the garage’s cleanliness in these ways:

  • there are fewer things for dust to collect on
  • less clutter reduces the likelihood of pest problems
  • an empty garage floor without obstacles is easier to sweep and give a deeper cleaning
  • the garage’s airflow improves

People that own houses are a lot more conscious about the air quality in their homes these days. That’s why an increasing number of homeowners have added ventilation system upgrades to improve the exchange of air in their garages.

Have you ever tried to clean an old sheet of drywall? Good luck. PVC slatwall panels, on the other hand, can be easily wiped down with a damp cloth.

How about spills on the garage floor? Previously, they’d be difficult to clean because the floor surface might not be intact or spills that weren’t dealt with quickly would set into the unprotected concrete.

One of the nice features of a Floortex™ floor coating is that it not only provides great flooring protection, you can also easily clean up spills involving most household and automotive fluids.

Bonus Floortex™ features: The topcoat seal minimizes the amount of dust and debris produced on a concrete floor from wear and tear. The decorative flake design also makes dust and dirt less visible.

man wiping up oil spill

Floor coatings create less dust than bare concrete floors and are easy to maintain.

10. More convenient garage features

Quality of life improvements in the form of more modern, convenient features should be on every garage wish list.

We’ve already mentioned adding climate control systems and a TV to the garage. That’s just for starters. Here are some additional ideas:

  • keyless garage entry
  • smart home tech products
  • outlets for charging mobile devices
  • floor drainage
  • extra electrical outlets (including higher voltage outlets for power tools or a car lift)
  • a sink for cleaning up
  • more vertical space by raising your garage door’s opening height with a high lift conversion
  • improved WiFi

11. High quality garage storage solutions

There are a lot of cheap products for the garage out there that don’t stand the test of time.

Thin pegboard wall panels with unimpressive load-bearing capabilities that chip easily and flimsy storage cabinets that quickly rust and start to buckle immediately come to mind.

Then there’s the DIY shelving or repurposed kitchen cupboards that are found in a lot of garages. You can do better than this!

Invest in higher quality storage solutions for your garage and you won’t be replacing those storage systems for a good long while.

Garage Living’s slatwall panels have an industrial rigid cellular PVC construction with a 5/8″ thickness and load capacity of 300 lbs per panel.

Cheap garage cabinet systems don’t last because they commonly use lower gauge steel manufactured overseas. These steels are less sturdy and rust quicker than higher grade steels made in the U.S. and Canada.

All five lines of our cabinet systems are constructed with high quality materials, including powder-coated finishes to protect against rusting. Our heavy-duty overhead storage racks are also powder-coated to prolong the life of the product.

12. Garage décor and storage system customization

Anyone planning a garage wish list has a specific vision for how they want their garage to look. They want it to reflect their style and have all the features and functionality they’ll ever need.

Satisfying these requirements doesn’t happen with off-the-shelf storage systems and products found in big box stores. The professional handling the makeover needs to have the ability to customize your garage design.

Having a variety of colors and styles to choose from for the flooring, slatwall, cabinets, and garage doors are an obvious must-have.

Look beyond these obvious décor-related considerations for more ways to make a garage space unique.

Can the cabinet system you have in mind be customized to accommodate things you want to hide in the garage like a central vac system or electrical panel?

If the colors you want for certain parts of your project aren’t among the standard offerings available from your garage makeover pro, can they come up with a custom color that meets your needs?

How about creating a more seamless look between your garage floor and walls by adding a coated application to the wall base and steps into your living space?

Garage Living can do all of these custom features and much more. Just ask us. One of our teams even created an indoor basketball court in a large garage!

13. Better garage lighting

What good is having a beautiful new garage interior if it’s difficult to see?

Upgraded lighting is a cost-effective (and just plain effective) way to improve the appearance and comfort level of a garage.

LED light fixtures or pot lights will significantly improve your lighting coverage and be more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs. Undercabinet lighting in cabinet systems provides useful task lighting.

How about adding some perimeter LED lights below the lower strip of your slatwall panels to boost the room’s ambiance and create a distinct look?

Lighting upgrades don’t just help to show off your makeover – parking becomes easier, finding things is less of a chore, and it makes the garage safer to navigate in.

empty and organized garage

New pot lights and LED light strips below the slatwall panels make this garage a brighter space with more ambiance. A security camera mounted in the back corner of the garage on the right provides peace of mind and will deter burglars.

14. Improved garage and car security

The best car theft prevention measure you can take is to park any vehicles you own in the garage. Garage parking also protects against weather-related damage and other potential problems, such as body damage from tree sap.

If you’re using an ancient garage door opener, consider upgrading to a newer model that’s more reliable, secure, quieter, and energy efficient.

Many modern garage door openers come with high-tech features like enabling remote garage door access via a smartphone app. This allows you to control and monitor your garage door when you’re away from home. You can use the feature to let delivery drivers drop off packages inside the garage instead of risking having them stolen by a “porch pirate”, as is becoming commonplace nowadays.

A garage security system with one or two low profile cameras protects one of your home’s more vulnerable access points and deters burglars, without detracting from the room’s appearance. It’s a smart investment that ensures your valuables stay safe and provides you with some peace of mind.

15. A safer garage

So far, we’ve explained how reducing tripping hazards with less floor clutter, better lighting, and more secure storage systems makes your garage safer.

A polyaspartic coating’s smooth floor surface is another way to make a garage safer, with better traction and no worries of walking on a damaged, uneven surface.

Don’t just stop there!

Locks can be added to a cabinet system’s drawers and doors. That not only protects valuable tools, it keeps kids safe from hazardous items in the garage.

Smoke alarms should be replaced every ten years. Ideally, they should be tested monthly or, at the very least, once per season. Having a fire extinguisher close to the garage is another good idea.

Having backup emergency lighting in the garage is another safety measure worth considering.

16. Better energy efficiency

Better energy efficiency in the garage isn’t just good for the planet, it’s also good for your wallet (well, not initially, but in the long run).

You don’t have to break the bank by adding a fancy solar panel system to power your garage. Simply upgrading the room’s wall and ceiling insulation will make a big difference in the energy efficiency of the entire home.

Insulated garage doors with a bottom seal minimizes the transfer of warm and cold air in and out of the garage. Door insulation also limits the transfer of noise between the outdoors and the garage.

If your garage still has old single pane windows, upgrading to energy-saving windows is worth a look.

To reduce drafts, use weatherstripping around window frames. Apply sealants or foam insulation around wall outlets and light fixtures, pipe inlets, and air ducts for additional draft protection.

Maybe the access door into your living space could use an update. Besides replacing it with a more energy efficient door, you could add weatherstripping around the frame and make sure the door sweep is doing its job to keep drafts out.

17. Upgrades that add value to your home

Anyone putting together a garage wish list and having a pro transform their garage not only wants to improve their home, they want to add value to it, too.

Cosmetic and functional upgrades for the garage do just that. If your family and neighbors are ultra-impressed with how your new garage looks, imagine how prospective homebuyers will view it in the future.

Messy, unattractive garages with insufficient storage can be dealbreakers for buyers. A Braun Research survey of realtors found that garages ranked higher as a desirable storage space for homebuyers than basements or attics.

An attractive, organized garage that stands out from the pack is a feather in your cap down the road when it comes time to sell your home and set an asking price.

Year after year when you look at lists that tell you which home improvement projects deliver the best return on investment, adding new garage doors is consistently rated as one of the best.

suv parked in garage at night

Garage upgrades add value to your home and create a space you’ll love driving into – every time!

Transform your garage wish list into your dream garage

Wouldn’t it be nice for a garage to be a space you actually look forward to driving into every time, not a part of the home that makes you cringe whenever you look at it?

We specialize in making garages home showpieces that truly feel like a desired destination and an enjoyable extension of your living space. You too can experience the feeling of luxury the moment you arrive home.

Show us your garage wish list and we’ll begin the collaborative process that will lead to a beautiful garage that you’ll cherish for years to come.

All it takes is a few seconds to schedule your free design consultation with us.

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7 Garage Organization Projects to Take on This Spring

With spring finally here, many homeowners will be turning their attention to organizing what is commonly a house’s messiest room – the garage.

How common? Well, exactly half of those polled by the National Association of Professional Organizers named the garage as their most disorganized home space.

That’s not a surprise, considering the garage has traditionally been a dumping ground for odds and ends that usually end up becoming annoying clutter.

7 garage organization projects to transform your space

Getting garage organization projects started can admittedly be difficult.

Sorting through years of clutter is a daunting task, but it’s worth it for the benefits that come with having a tidy, clean, aesthetically pleasing garage space that actually feels comfortable to enter. 

If you’re tired of having a disorganized garage you can never find anything in and are never able to use for parking, make some meaningful changes this spring.

Get one or more of the following garage organization projects rolling to optimize your garage’s functionality. Here are seven ways to accomplish your goal of owning a garage space you can be proud of. 

1. Discard the clutter and organize everything else

A thorough garage decluttering can take some time, especially if you’ve been putting off the task for a few years. Set aside at least a full day and, more ideally, the entire weekend.

Keep focussing on that end goal of a tidy, functional garage space that will make your day-to-day routine easier.

The best approach is to empty the entire contents of your garage and then start evaluating what is worth keeping. Toss, recycle, or donate all of the junk that’s overstayed its welcome.

When you’ve eliminated the unnecessary clutter, group the items you’re keeping together in order to stay organized and get a better understanding of how much storage space you actually require.

2. Maximize your garage wall storage 

garage organization projects, wheelbarrow and garden tools

Now that you’ve streamlined your garage’s inventory, it’s time to give your belongings a proper home with the best garage storage systems.

When it comes to maximizing your storage space, keeping things accessible, and providing flexibility when it comes to your changing storage needs, you can’t do better than a slatwall storage system.

Slatwall panels with hanging accessories are effective for keeping your garage floor clutter-free. They’re perfect for hanging things like:

  • yard tools
  • small hand tools
  • bikes and sports equipment
  • ladders
  • power cords

3. Utilize your overhead space

garage organization projects, woman removing bin from storage rack

Slatwall makes great use of your garage’s underused wall space, but that’s not the only part of your garage that could be better utilized.

You’ll find an ample amount of storage space in your garage’s upper reaches, just waiting to accept those bulky items that are clogging up your floor.

Have your garage makeover professional install some heavy-duty overhead racks in order to maximize your garage’s storage space even more. 

4. Stay organized with garage cabinetry

garage organization projects, storage cabinets

Not everything being kept in your garage is suited to being hung on slatwall panels or stored in overhead racking. That’s where garage cabinetry comes in.

Garage cabinet systems provide a practical alternative to keeping things stored on wall-mounted shelving or standup racks. Cabinet storage keeps dust and grime off your belongings, hidden from view, and allows for valuables and hazardous materials to be locked up.

And if you want to create a garage workshop, you can take your setup’s functionality capabilities to the next level with a cabinet system. It also doesn’t hurt that cabinetry modernizes a garage’s décor.

5. Double your parking space with a car lift

garage organization projects, car lift

One of the main goals of these garage organization projects is to free up space so you can use your garage for parking. And we’re talking about parking comfortably in the garage, not just being able to barely squeeze one or two of your vehicles indoors.

If you’re adding one or more of the aforementioned storage systems, you’re well on your way to being able to do that. But here’s another garage parking solution you may not have considered – a car lift.

Car lifts essentially double your parking space by allowing you to park one vehicle underneath another raised vehicle.

6. Transform your garage floor

garage organization projects, parked white car

A clean garage with stylish décor only makes an organized garage space look that much better. Therefore, don’t overlook the importance of making sure your garage floor adds to the look of the room.

A visually unappealing gray garage floor that’s cracked and stained will detract from the appearance of even the most immaculately organized garage.

To make your garage floor stand out and protect its surface, invest in a high-quality polyaspartic floor coating. And if you’ve recently had a new floor coating applied, give it a good sweep and wash this spring to refresh your floor surface’s appearance.

7. Add the perfect finishing touches

garage organization projects, man using tire rack

The last of our ideas for spring garage organization projects involves adding the right finishing touches to further upgrade your garage’s appearance and add even more functionality. Here are some suggestions:

  • have a garage heater installed
  • upgrade your garage lighting
  • add garage wall bumpers to protect vehicles from scratches and dents
  • replace your garage doors to boost curb appeal
  • add a wall-mounted tire rack for storing seasonal tires

Get your garage organized this spring

If you’re feeling the inspiration to take on some of these garage organization projects this spring, there’s no better place to get expert help than Garage Living.

We’ve transformed thousands of garages across North America since 2005. Our experienced team of designers and installers will ensure that your garage makeover is done to your complete satisfaction.

Schedule a free design consultation with us to get your spring garage makeover started. 

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Garage Cleanup Tips: 9 Things to Get Rid of Now

You open your garage doors to start your garage cleanup project and immediately feel a sense of dread at the daunting task ahead.

As you stare at the stacks of clutter that have accumulated over the years, you wonder where to even start.

24% of homeowners who are embarrassed to even open their garage doors, according to an Impulse Research survey. If you’re in this group, we have some tips that can help!

Tidy 3-car garage with cabinets, tire rack, blue Maseratti.

Get rid of these 9 things during your garage cleanup

When you’re worried about what the neighbors will think about your clutter-filled garage, that’s a sure sign it’s time to take some drastic cleanup action.

Keeping useless clutter at the expense of being able to park inside your garage doesn’t make any sense.

A garage cleanup can be a big undertaking but is well worth it to reclaim your garage space once again to be used more meaningfully for parking and efficient storage.

Start your garage cleanup by getting rid of these nine common items that are responsible for much of the clutter found in garages.

1. Old sports and fitness equipment

old sports equipment and bikes in garage

At one point or another, you or someone else in your family went on a health kick that involved buying some fitness equipment.

Maybe that enthusiasm has faded or perhaps it belonged to one of your kids who has moved out. The bottom line is that the equipment is just sitting unused in your garage, taking up valuable space that a vehicle could be parked in.

Whether it’s an old weightlifting bench and set of weights, an ancient NordicTrack machine from the 70s, a rusty exercise bike, or a broken treadmill, get rid of them.

The same goes for old bikes and old baseball, hockey, football, and golf equipment.

Donate or sell the equipment if it is still functional. Otherwise, add the equipment to your garage cleanup “junk” pile.

2. Broken and old tools

During your garage cleanup, decide which of your tools are in good enough shape to keep.

Rusty garden shovels, rakes with missing tines, plastic snow shovels that are cracked, a rusty hammer, a leaky and cracked garden hose…the list of old tools in your garage that you never use can go on and on.

By now you’ve probably replaced your old tools with something newer. Keeping those old tools around only makes your garage more disorganized.

They also give you more things to look through when you’re searching for a specific item.

3. Old children’s toys

old children's toys in garage

When kids inevitably lose interest in their toys and want the next trendy thing, their old toys tend to end up in the garage.

Obviously, donating them to a charity should be your first course of action if the toys are gently used and in good condition. As with any donations, the charity of your choice should be able to give you a tax receipt.

For broken toys or toys that are simply no longer usable, your only option is to throw them in the garbage. Unfortunately, the materials in most plastic toys are too difficult to recycle.

4. Old paints and chemicals

All of those half-used paint cans and partially used containers of different solvents and cleaning products in your garage aren’t just a flammable or ingestion hazard.

They’re also probably unusable if they’ve been sitting there for any length of time. Temperature changes will alter their consistency and effectiveness.

Round them all up, take them to your local hazardous waste disposal facility, and make your garage a little safer (and emptier).

5. Old tires

Old, useless tires are another garage clutter staple.

Whether it’s old tires from your bicycles or vehicles, you’ll likely need to dispose of them at a proper tire recycling facility. In most parts of the U.S. and Canada, old tires can’t just be discarded in a landfill.

Here are just a few things your recycled tires can be used to make:

  • rubber mulch
  • tire-derived fuel
  • rubberized asphalt
  • steel
  • carpeting

If you’re thinking about selling any of your old tires or using them eventually, keep in mind that they do have a shelf life.

Even if they still have a deep tread, the tire rubber will degrade over time (known as tire dry rot or sidewall cracking). Most vehicle tire manufacturers suggest a maximum service life of 7-10 years for their products.

6. Broken patio furniture

Your garage cleanup effort might uncover some old broken patio furniture that got buried by the rest of your garage clutter over the years.

It’s probably rusty, cracked, faded, or has a hole in it, so the only reasonable thing to do is to toss it.

Chances are, your old patio furniture will be tough to recycle or be worth donating.

7. Old building materials

If you live in a house for long enough, you’re sure to accumulate some building materials and supplies left over from one or more of your home improvement projects.

Maybe it’s half a bundle of roofing shingles, some broken patio stones, or extra interlocking stones from the driveway you redid.

Perhaps some of your garage floor space is being taken up by leftover building supplies you’ll never use, such as half a box of roofing nails or a partially used pail of driveway sealer that’s so old its contents are as rock solid as the driveway it was used on.

Any materials or supplies that can still be used could be donated to a worthwhile charity like Habitat For Humanity. They may be able to use some of your donations to help in their efforts to build housing for the less fortunate.

8. Old appliances

In garages overrun with clutter, you’re virtually guaranteed to find large or small appliances needlessly taking up space.

The garage is where small appliances like a slow cooker that’s been used once or an old coffee maker that still works go to die. If they’ve been stored in boxes or storage bins, give them new life by donating them.

A broken old stove, fridge, or washing machine might have been sitting in your garage for years because you just didn’t feel like dealing with disposing of them.

Now that you’re in full-on garage cleanup mode, now is the time to finally give this garage junk the heave-ho. If a charity won’t take your old appliances, look for a local business that can pick up your appliances and save you the hassle of getting rid of them.

Here’s another reason to get rid of your old larger appliances – they’re perfect breeding grounds for pests like mice.

9. Old bundles of newspapers and magazines

Walk through most neglected garages that have become a home’s catch-all space and there’s probably a bundle or two (or three, or four) of old magazines or newspapers in there somewhere.

But if you haven’t looked at any of those saved magazines or newspapers in the past 5-10 years, chances are you never will.

On top of the fact they’re probably dirty, dusty, and yellowed due to temperature fluctuations and exposure to moisture, here are a few more reasons to recycle them:

  • any information in them is probably outdated
  • they’re a fire hazard
  • information in the reading materials can easily be found online
  • stacked clutter is a tipping hazard

While you’re at it, recycle any old books you’ve had sitting in the garage for a long time. Let’s face it, you’re also likely never going to read them and they also won’t be in the best shape after years of garage storage.

Get your garage cleanup project started

Once your garage cleanup project is finished, you’ll want to ensure your tidy garage stays that way.

Consider adding PVC slatwall panels to your garage. This is a great way to get things off the floor and onto the walls to maximize your garage storage space.

PVC slatwall garage storage in 2 car garage

A garage makeover professional can also make other aesthetic upgrades to your space, such as adding new garage flooring. Your previously messy garage can truly become an organized, visually appealing extension of your living space.

Schedule a free design consultation to find out how our garage storage solutions can keep your space well-organized. We can also tell you about our junk removal services.

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7 Helpful Garage Organization Ideas You’ll Regret Not Trying

Tidy, organized garages get that way by incorporating the right garage organization ideas into their designs.

Not all garage organization ideas and products are equally effective, however. Some won’t make the best use of your garage’s available storage space.

Others may be adequately functional, but lacking when it comes to providing you with a convenient level of storage versatility.

7 creative garage organization ideas

We’ve compiled a list of 7 of the most helpful garage organization ideas to turn to in order to keep your garage clutter-free, highly functional, and looking its best.

1. Garage organization ideas to maximize storage space

Take a look at how your garage is currently set up to accommodate the items being stored in it. If it’s like most garages, it probably has a significant amount of wasted or underutilized storage space.

One of the cornerstones of good garage organization is to make the most of what you have to work with in your garage space.

That means utilizing your garage walls and overhead space properly in order to maximize how much your garage can store.

A slatwall storage system creates versatile hanging space on your garage walls by using various hanging accessories to keep items neatly stored. Slatwall storage is one of the most effective garage organization ideas available for reclaiming your valuable garage floor space.

In addition to your garage walls, also look to your underused garage ceiling space in order to find plenty of precious storage space. Overhead storage racks are an excellent way to give you more garage storage options.

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Everything from tools to sports equipment to a garden hose has its place with a slatwall storage system.

2. Garage organization and storage ideas for vehicles

Are you unable to park in your garage due to excess clutter occupying space where your vehicles should be kept?

You’re not alone. Many home organization studies and surveys show that the garage is typically the most cluttered space in homes. Here are some examples:

  • a 2017 Garage Living poll found that 20% of the 1,500 respondents were unable to park in their garage
  • a U.S. Dept. of Energy study shows that 25% of homeowners with 2-car garages don’t park in them at all
  • an in-depth UCLA study of 32 Los Angeles-area families found that 75% of them didn’t use their garages for parking

Not being able to park in your garage leaves your vehicles less secure. Parking in your driveway also exposes vehicles to exterior elements that can shorten their lifespan. Rain, snow, extreme heat and cold, and tree sap can all take a toll on a vehicle’s body.

One of the more practical garage organization ideas for creating more parking space is to get a car lift. They’re a great alternative to having to undergo a garage expansion.

Car lifts effectively make a 1-car garage a 2-car garage, a 2-car garage a 3-car garage (or a 4-car garage if two lifts are added), and so on.

A car lift simply takes advantage of your garage’s useable vertical space by creating an elevated vehicle parking space that allows for another vehicle to be parked below it.

3. Effective garage organization ideas for garden hoses

Some homes have their outdoor water connections located in the garage. That can be convenient, but it can also add to your garage clutter with garden hoses that aren’t properly stored.

A garden hose that’s left haphazardly unwound on your garage floor contributes to a more disorganized garage space and is also a tripping hazard.

It’s also more likely to get damaged from vehicles driving over it or from having heavy items thrown on top of it.

When it comes to garage organization ideas for properly storing your garden hoses, a wall-mounted hose reel or high quality hose reel cart are the perfect solution.

4. Garage organization ideas for sports equipment

Bikes and other types of sports equipment can account for much of the clutter found on garage floors, especially if you have an active family that enjoys their outdoor activities.

Many of these items can pose some of the most dangerous tripping hazards in the garage, such as soccer balls, footballs, baseball bats, and skateboards.

There are numerous types of slatwall hanging accessories designed to keep your sporting accessories well-organized and more safely stored.

Free up a little garage floor space by hanging your family’s bikes on vertical or horizontal bike hooks.

Hanging accessories specifically designed for hockey, golf, tennis, and fishing equipment are also available, as are adjustable ball racks.

Hanging deep mesh baskets are another practical multi-purpose storage option. They can be used for storing everything from sports equipment to gardening, automotive, and cleaning supplies.

5. Perfect garage organization ideas for seasonal items

Another common garage floor clutter culprit are infrequently used items, especially seasonal items. Examples include:

  • storage bins
  • seasonal tires
  • patio furniture
  • out-of-season sporting equipment

Some of these items won’t be needed for months on end, so it’s a shame to have them needlessly sitting on your garage floor.

More often than not, these items are also bulky and heavy, which only makes them take up more space and become a hassle to navigate around.

Overhead storage racks are an ideal solution to handle your heavy-duty garage storage needs. Just store those bulky items up in the air and out of the way.

Freestanding industrial storage units might be more suited to your needs for less bulky items. And a proper wall-mounted tire storage rack is perfect for your seasonal tire storage requirements.

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Overhead storage racks provide ample storage space for bulky seasonal items.

6. Clever garage organization ideas for tools

With all of the yard tools and hand tools you’ll collect over the years, there’s seemingly never enough garage storage space available in order to keep them all effectively organized.

How much time have you wasted looking for that one particular wrench or garden hand trowel, only to give up and end up buying a replacement? Naturally, you’ll find the lost item months later.

Invest in some better storage systems with some garage organization ideas aimed at keeping all of your tools easy to find.

Slatwall storage is recommended for both yard tools and smaller hand tools that can be stored on easy-to-access hanging racks, holders, and magnetic tool bars.

For larger or more expensive tool collections (possibly as part of a garage workshop), there’s nothing better than a garage cabinet system.

7. Garage organization design ideas

Clearly, appearance plays a huge part in a garage feeling like a clean, organized space. Having things neat and tidy is important, but keeping clutter reduced is only part of the battle.

Don’t overlook the importance of garage organization design as well.

Are all of those organized items stored in a garage with a damaged, dull-looking garage floor? Do your storage systems have an outdated look?

Is your garage still lit by a couple of dim incandescent light bulbs? Perhaps your garage walls are still unfinished even after years of owning your home.

It’s details like these that matter with a garage’s aesthetics. Upgrading these areas will help your efforts to utilize the garage organization ideas listed here make even more of a difference to how your garage looks, feels, and functions.

Consider supplementing your improved garage organization systems with a new garage floor coating and improved energy efficient LED garage lighting to illuminate your space better.

And take advantage of custom garage design options that make it easier to come up with effective and stylish garage color schemes.

The trusted pros for the best garage organization ideas

Our custom garage makeover designs cater to the specific and unique needs of each of our clients. That ensures that when your garage makeover is completed, you’ll have a beautiful space that fits your lifestyle and looks even better than you could have envisioned

Book a free design consultation with us to learn more about how the best garage organization and storage ideas on the market can transform your garage.

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Garage Storage For Kids: 9 Smart Ways to Cut the Clutter

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Let’s face it, most kids don’t make keeping their belongings in the garage well-organized a high priority.

Between bikes, sports equipment, playing accessories, and outdoor apparel, mom and dad are as likely to be picking up after their kids in the garage as they are in the rest of the house.

Keeping the garage organized during the summer season when the kids are out of school and more active outdoors is particularly challenging.

Part of that is just kids being kids, but it may also be because your kids’ garage storage needs simply aren’t being addressed.

9 ideas to make garage storage for kids easier

Taming the kids clutter in your garage is as simple as having a strategic plan in place that makes it easier for them to keep your garage tidier.

Using better garage storage systems and smarter storage strategies will result in having a garage where everybody’s belongings can co-exist in an organized manner.

Restore order and functionality to your garage space by trying these nine ideas to make garage storage for kids easier.

1. You have more useable storage space than you think

A lot of homeowners don’t take advantage of all of the useable storage space their garage has to offer. We’re talking about the garage walls and overhead space.

These underutilized areas are loaded with potential storage space for all of that kiddy clutter (and probably some of mom and dad’s) currently taking up residence on your garage floor.

Slatwall storage is one of the most effective ways to keep a garage floor clear and tidy. Using wall-hung PVC slatwall panels, toys, sports equipment, tools, and many other items can be hung on your garage walls, instead of being piled up on your garage floor.

You only have to look up in your garage to find even more additional storage space. Making better use of your garage’s vertical space with overhead storage racks can relieve some of the storage burden on areas closer to your floor.

2. Get rid of items your kids have outgrown

Kids will outgrow just about everything they play with or wear, both literally and figuratively.

It’s natural for their interests and hobbies to shift from one year to the next, meaning things they no longer use will unnecessarily be taking up garage real estate.

Once a year, take the time to go through your kids’ things with them to find what they’ve outgrown and which of their belongings they can part with. A local charity will be grateful for your donation.

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Do those old rollerblades still fit? Minimize garage clutter by periodically getting rid of items your kids have outgrown.

3. Designate garage storage zones

Yes, setting up designated storage zones in the garage might seem like an obvious way to keep the space more organized…but have you seen most garages?

Too many of them lack a smart layout and setup that makes it easier to maintain an organized garage space. Take the time to establish dedicated, structured zones in the garage for the entire family’s storage needs.

Set up storage areas just for your kids, perhaps giving them a slatwall panel or two and some shelves that are all theirs. If you have garage cabinetry, let the kids use one of the cabinets for storing some of their things.

Letting your kids have dedicated storage areas can instill a deeper sense of ownership in them about their section of the garage. That should ideally give them more incentive to keep their part of the garage tidy.

4. Group like items together

Like decluttering, the next of our garage storage for kids tips also borrows from the book of organization and storage fundamentals – grouping like items together.

Combined with having designated storage zones, keeping like items stored together will allow you and your kids to easily find any item when needed. There’ll be less time wasted rummaging through your garage looking for a certain item.

Young children will still be developing their memory retention skills, so storing items together can be especially helpful to them.

Here’s a suggestion: keep all of your kids’ “wheeled” belongings stored on one slatwall panel. Items you can hang up include:

  • bikes (vertical or horizontal bike hooks free up floor space)
  • scooters
  • skateboards
  • tricycles and Big Wheel-type toys

5. Create a home for everything

When it comes to making garage storage for kids simpler, creating a home for all of their things is a very effective way to increase the likelihood that items will get put back in the proper place.

If each item has a home, there will be no reason for it to be left anywhere else in the garage. This strategy also makes it easier to keep your kids accountable for how well they’re contributing to the garage’s level of organization.

Toys, sports equipment, pool accessories, bike accessories, sunscreen, and anything else your kids use in the garage can be hung up on the slatwall or stored on an open shelving unit.

Bins, buckets, and baskets can be used for keeping smaller loose items organized on shelves. To corral those loose balls, use deep hanging mesh baskets or adjustable wall-mounted ball racks hung on the slatwall.

Those tripping hazards will be safer stored there than they’ll be if the balls were left scattered across your garage floor.

garage storage for kids, apparel hung on wall

Create a home for everything in the garage, from your kids’ outdoor apparel to their sports equipment.

6. Use labels to help your kids

Another helping hand you can give your kids in order to help them keep the garage clean is to label their things. Labels will help especially young children identify items a bit easier and can be an early literacy development aid.

Using bright colors, pictures, or the child’s name on the labels can also help younger children to identify items easier.

Be mindful of keeping a tidy, consistent look to your labels in order to minimize visual clutter.

Invest in a handheld label maker. It’ll be one of those inexpensive, yet extremely handy devices you’ll use for years to come throughout the entire house.

7. Store items at kid-friendly heights

These garage storage for kids tips and ideas are all about making it as easy as possible for your youngsters to function in the garage. Part of that includes making sure you’re being mindful of using kid-friendly heights for their stored items.

After all, if your kids have to struggle to put something away in a storage home that’s too high, chances are its new home will be on your garage floor.

Using kid-friendly storage heights in the garage is also about keeping them safe so your kids don’t have to struggle to put away or take down something from an unsafe height.

Keep heavier items like bikes as accessible and low to the ground as possible. And remember to adjust storage heights in the garage for your kids’ things as they grow.

8. Prioritize storage based on the season

Efficient garage storage involves making it as effortless as possible to put things away and locate items when you need them.

Prioritizing where things are stored based on the time of year helps to make garage storage for kids and everybody else easier. After all, having your kids’ sleds or snowboards occupying prime, easy-to-access garage storage space during the summer makes no sense.

That’s when garage storage systems like overhead storage racks can be particularly useful.

9. Use versatile storage systems

Choosing garage storage systems that provide flexibility and versatility to accommodate your kids’ changing storage needs can minimize storage headaches.

When you do need to swap out one season’s stored items for things that will be frequently used during the coming season, having storage flexibility ends up being a real time-saver.

One of slatwall’s notable benefits is its versatility and ability to let you easily reconfigure items hung on the slatwall panels. That flexibility also makes it easier to group like items together and make the most of your wall hanging space.

We have the best garage storage for kids solutions

Could your garage use a makeover that includes more kid-friendly storage systems that can keep the space tidier? Garage Living has the best garage storage for kids solutions to fit your needs.

Contact us today by booking a free design consultation.

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