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 in-home consultation with a Garage Living design expert 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.

garage organization ideas overhead rack

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 in-home 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.

garage storage for kids, child putting on rollerblades

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 in-home design consulation.

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11 Perfect Car Lover Gift Ideas To Give This Holiday Season

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The car lover in your life may not be the easiest person to shop for. Auto enthusiasts do tend to have very specific taste when it comes to anything related to their vehicles.

Luckily, there’s no shortage of great car lover gift ideas to choose from this holiday season. That gives you some much-needed flexibility to cater more specifically to the particular tastes and preferences of the auto enthusiast you’re buying for.

These 11 car lover gift ideas include items that are practical, fun, informative, stylish, and safety-conscious. True, none of them may be quite as well-received as a new Tesla Model S sitting in the driveway with a bow on top of it on Christmas morning.

Even still, the car guy or car girl in your life will appreciate the thoughtfulness you put into your holiday gift-giving this year.

1. Key finder

One of the most frequently misplaced items in homes are car keys. And the cost to replace a lost key fob can get quite expensive. Those prices range from a minimum of about $75 right through to well into the hundreds of dollars for fobs used by higher-end cars.

For the disorganized car lover who’s always misplacing their keys and being late for work or appointments, buy them a key finder. A small Bluetooth tracker is attached to a key ring and linked to a smartphone app. When your keys are lost, simply open the app to pinpoint their location.

They can also be used with backpacks, wallets, purses, and anything else you want to keep track of. Tile is a reputable brand for this type of product, with prices starting in the $25 range for a single tracker. It’s a lot more cost-effective to buy a 4 pack of trackers for around $60, though.

car lover gift ideas key ring

Never lose your keys again with a Tile Bluetooth tracker attached to your key ring.

2. Auto care kit

For the most part, auto enthusiasts are obsessed with keeping their vehicles clean and well-detailed. When you’re looking for car lover gift ideas that help your gearhead pamper their ride, consider an auto care kit.

Man Crates’ Auto Care Crate and the variety of auto care kits available from Meguiar’s include just about everything needed to detail a prized vehicle. A complete auto care kit will be put to to frequent use by any car-loving recipient.

3. Tire pressure gauge

Regardless of whether you drive a luxury vehicle or a rundown beater, every car should have a reliable tire pressure gauge stored in its glove box. Driving on underinflated tires can:

  • damage the tires and cause them to eventually blow out due to overheating
  • limit your car’s handling ability
  • lower your fuel economy

Tires that are overinflated can also cause problems, so it’s suggested you check your tire pressure once a month to ensure they’re filled to the manufacturer’s recommended psi.

Even if your car has a tire pressure monitoring system, it’s smart to use a tire pressure gauge occasionally just to double check for accuracy. And they make great and inexpensive stocking stuffers!

4. Portable tire inflator

When it comes to practical car lover gift ideas, a portable tire inflator/mini air compressor can’t be beat. These handy devices just may be the most invaluable thing stored in your trunk besides your spare tire.

Many tire inflators do more than just fill up your tires and save you the ridiculous costs that gas stations charge nowadays for usage of their air compressors. They also have extra features like high output LED lights to see better at night or flashing hazard lights.

Cordless models can use either the same type of battery used with cordless drills or be plugged into a regular electrical outlet for recharging. A lot of models also plug into your car’s cigarette lighter. Prices for a quality tire inflator start at around $40. The device can also be used for inflating:

  • bike tires
  • soccer balls, footballs, and basketballs
  • air mattresses

5. New garage flooring

The gift of new garage flooring makes perfect sense for anyone who cares about the space they’re parking their beloved cars in. Having a fresh Floortex™ floor coating applied on your floor gives any garage a more modern look.

Floortex™ floor coatings are extremely strong, durable, and easy to maintain. They’re highly resistant to most automotive fluids and household chemicals and spills wipe up easily. The decorative flake surface also nicely obscures dirt and dust.

The decorative flakes used in our flooring application process come in a variety of colors that effectively complement both a car’s colors and a garage interior’s décor.

car lover gift ideas floor

Even a Ferrari looks nicer when it’s parked on an attractive Floortex™ garage floor surface.

6. USB-C car charger

If your gift recipient’s ride is older than a 2015 model, it may have an older-style USB charging port that takes longer to charge new smartphones. Or it may not have a USB charger at all.

Surprise them with an upgraded USB-C charger that plugs into a car cigarette lighter to provide a faster charge. Prices range from about $10 to $25.

7. Car books

When looking for car lover gift ideas that are more on the informative side, there are a plethora of automotive books to choose from. We recommend:

  • Formula 1: All the Races – this meticulously researched book covers the Formula 1 story from its beginnings in 1950 up until the present day
  • The Car Book 2017 – the 37th edition of this comprehensive car buying guide gives you up-to-date information on every new car to help you make an informed buying decision
  • Porsche 911: 50 years – any Porsche lover will appreciate receiving this coffee table book featuring a detailed written and visual look at the evolution of one of the most iconic cars ever
  • Consumer Reports New Car Buying Guide – whether you’re looking for a new car or just want to keep up on the latest models, this 200 page buying guide from the trusted magazine is a must-have
  • The Impossible Collection of Cars – this showcase of the past century’s most exceptional cars features lavish packaging that makes this gift extra-special for any car lover

8. Driving gloves

Driving gloves look undeniably cool, but their benefits go beyond just stylish looks. They protect your steering wheel from the dirt and natural oils your bare hands leave behind.

And if your car doesn’t have a heated steering wheel, driving gloves are nice to have in colder weather. Their thin leather design allows for a better grip than most other gloves, while keeping your hands warm.

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Improve your driving grip with stylish driving gloves.

9. Realistic driving simulators

If you’re looking for fun car lover gift ideas and the person you’re buying for has a PS4 or Xbox One gaming console, give them an ultra-realistic driving experience.

Gran Turismo Sport (for PS4) and Forza Motorsport 7 (for Xbox One) both just released in October. Each series has an impressive pedigree when it comes to creating games that are specifically geared towards those who appreciate high-end cars (and driving fast in them).

Painstaking attention is paid to the details of the cars in these games and their 4K visuals really enhance the immersive experience. You can even add a driving wheel accessory to make that Porsche handle even better. And contrary to popular belief, video games aren’t exactly a kids’ hobby anymore – the average age of a gamer is actually 35 nowadays.

10. Garage cabinetry

How can you make a car lover’s garage space even more organized and visually appealing? Just add garage storage cabinets to it. Whether someone needs extra storage space for gardening supplies, car tools, or the tools they use for their garage workshop, garage cabinetry is the perfect solution.

Garage Living carries assorted types of cabinet systems in modular and custom-fitted designs to suit any car lover’s needs. Is your auto enthusiast the type that likes to get their hands dirty working on their prized ride? If so, the GL NEOS Elite or GL Hayley cabinet systems will be perfect for them.

Our cabinets offer ample design flexibility so that any car lover can get more functionality and stylish looks from their garage space. Car lover gift ideas that can improve a garage space make even more sense for anyone with a passion for cars. That’s because they’ll spend more time than the average person in this part of the home.

car lover gift ideas cabinets

Any car lover would appreciate a garage cabinet system.

11. Car battery booster

The last of our car lover gift ideas is a car battery booster. Just like finding out you have a flat tire, realizing your car battery is dead can ruin a perfectly good day.

Instead of asking a neighbor or co-worker for a boost, or waiting for the AAA or CAA truck to arrive, fix the problem yourself. You’ll find a wide range of portable car battery boosters available to choose from. Some models are small enough to fit into your glove box, while more heavy-duty chargers can be kept in your car trunk.

You can’t go wrong with any of these car lover gift ideas

These car lover gift ideas will put a smile on the face of any auto enthusiast and brighten their holidays. If you’d like to learn more about giving any of our garage makeover products and services as gifts this holiday season, visit your local Garage Living showroom.

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7 Smart Strategies to Eliminate Your Garage Visual Clutter

Do you ever wonder why even relatively clean and organized areas of your home can still seem like they’re too cluttered?

The reason is probably “visual clutter”. Naturally, regular clutter will make any space look disorganized. Visual clutter, on the other hand, can stem from having poorly thought-out arrangements and locations for your storage and organization systems (or a lack of them).

Bad decisions with your décor can also contribute to visual clutter and garage visual clutter is no different. It can leave a generally off-putting vibe that your garage is just not looking its best.

Why should you eliminate garage visual clutter?

Here are some examples of visual clutter in the home:

  • a fridge front that’s overloaded with photos, memos, notes, and lists
  • having too many photos or pictures hung on your wall (mismatching frames also add to the visual clutter)
  • piles of magazines kept on a coffee table
  • an excess of cleaning supplies or auto fluid containers left on your garage floor

Just as it does in the rest of your home, garage visual clutter adds to your stress level. It also detracts from your enjoyment of the space, in addition to the fact it limits your functionality within it.

Most homeowners use the garage as the main entry and exit point for their home. Therefore, if you have garage visual clutter, it’s almost impossible to avoid. And if you use your garage as a workspace, workout area, or hobby area, garage visual clutter can also limit your productivity during time spent in the space.

Work on eliminating your garage visual clutter to create a more streamlined, aesthetically pleasing garage environment. Use these seven strategies to guide you.

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A clean, empty garage floor that doesn’t show any sign of visual clutter.

1. Get your garage floor cleared

Your garage floor can be a clutter magnet, so getting it cleared and keeping it that way will have a huge impact on minimizing or eliminating garage visual clutter.

Remember, your garage’s most important purpose is for parking vehicles. Floor clutter only makes that more difficult, in addition to detracting from your garage’s appearance.

A clear garage floor also allows you to enter and exit vehicles easier and foot traffic can travel without any obstructions or tripping hazards. To get things off your floor, look to your garage’s underused wall and vertical space to create more storage room.

Slatwall panels allow everything from bikes to power cords to garden tools to sports equipment to be hung on your walls, as opposed to being left on your floor.

Our various specialty storage racks include tire racks and heavy-duty overhead storage racks. These are great for storing the bulkier and heavier items in your garage that can take up a lot of valuable floor space.

Many of these bulkier items are for seasonal use or are infrequently used, so it makes even more sense to store them elsewhere so they’re not always in your way.

2. Eliminate conflicting design elements

Conflicting patterns and colors in your garage can contribute to garage visual clutter. With the addition of slatwall panels, your garage interior will have a more finished, organized appearance that’s easier on the eyes.

That sleek and clean look can be achieved even if you have light switches, conduit pipe, receptacles, and other wall obstructions. These can all be accounted for by our installers when they’re cutting the panels. Color-matched screws and trim for ends, corners, and any gaps between panels make up the finishing touches that help create the consistent look.

You’ll also minimize garage visual clutter by choosing colors for your garage upgrades that effectively complement each other. Your garage’s interior visuals can really pop when the right colors of both garage cabinets and slatwall are matched with the perfect flooring color.

3. Create a singular focal point

One way to reduce garage visual clutter is to create a singular focal point within the space. This means that when you enter your garage, your eyes should be drawn to one main wall.

Garage cabinetry can be a great anchor to help you achieve this goal. Garage Living carries a variety of cabinet styles and colors to match your design tastes and establish a showpiece focal point in your garage.

For example, the GL NEOS Elite cabinet system has a thoroughly modern look that features a seamless wall-to-wall presentation. The sleek, stylish look of the cabinets will instantly become the focus of your attention and functions as an effective countermeasure against the ugliness of visual clutter.

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Hiding your supplies behind storage cabinet doors maintains an organized appearance within your garage space.

4. Keep supplies and other belongings hidden

Along with improving your garage’s look, there are obvious functional benefits to adding garage cabinetry. First, they’ll help you keep many of your belongings better organized.

They also enable you to keep supplies and other belongings hidden and out of sight, which reduces your garage visual clutter. Tall cabinets, upper cabinetry, lower cabinetry, and drawers work wonders to obscure many of the items kept in your garage.

By having the ability to store items behind doors and in cabinet drawers, you’ll no longer have a constant reminder of everything your garage contains. That makes for a neater, more inviting-looking space.

5. Keep similar items together to reduce garage visual clutter

It’s always a good organizing practice to keep similar items stored together, whether you’re cleaning up a bedroom, a home office, or a garage. One reason to do this is to make it easy to find specific items without wasting much time.

The other reason to group like items together is because it simply looks neater and creates a more cohesive look. Think of how displays in stores are designed. The consistent, uniform look of many similar or identical products on display can be a real eye-catcher.

Some larger items in your garage can’t be hidden behind cabinetry doors, but you can still store them in a neatly organized manner on your slatwall.

There are many types of slatwall accessory hooks, shelves, racks, baskets, and bins available for hanging your belongings. That means you can configure your slatwall’s storage layout just about any way you’d like. Keep items like rakes, tools, or a multitude of other things grouped together, easy to find, and looking satisfyingly orderly.

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Group similar items together on slatwall panels to avoid garage visual clutter.

6. Use legible, consistent-looking labels

Using labels in your garage is a good idea, as it helps to locate infrequently used items quicker. One of the best examples of this would be bins of holiday decorations, which are ideal for storing in an overhead rack.

Perhaps your garage cabinetry, like the GL Custom Steel cabinet system, has an option to include utility drawers with organizing bins. They’re very useful for keeping small screws, nails, and other small bits of hardware organized, with the help of labels.

When making labels to identify your things, take the time to create labels that are legible and consistent-looking. If you’re using a marker, print neatly, make the writing easy to read from a distance, and stick with the same color.

If you’re able to, use a handheld label maker or print your labels on the computer. They’ll look nicer and create the desired consistent, uniform appearance that doesn’t produce garage visual clutter.

7. Don’t forget the visual clutter of parking in your driveway

You might not have considered it, but parking your vehicles all the time in your driveway is another type of visual clutter for your home’s exterior. That negatively impacts your home’s curb appeal.

And when you consider that our vehicles sit parked 95% of the time, that’s even more reason to take the time to make space in your garage for parking vehicles.

Create a more inviting space by eliminating garage visual clutter

Eliminating your garage visual clutter will transform your space into a more inviting area of your home that you won’t dread entering any longer. Every time you return home, you’ll appreciate having a clean, clutter-free garage that’s more manageable.

Garage Living can bring your dream garage to life and also show you some ideas and solutions that will even improve upon your original vision. Book your free in-home consultation with us today and take that first exciting step towards creating your dream garage space.

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