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.

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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.

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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.

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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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7 Solutions to Make Home Garage Parking Easier and Safer

Safe and easy home garage parking can be a daily challenge for many vehicle owners for a number of reasons.

The most obvious reason home garage parking might be difficult is because your garage space is smaller than you’d like. A 1-car garage space combined with you owning a larger vehicle (like an SUV or minivan) can make for a tight parking fit.

Even if you have an average-sized vehicle, other variables such as clutter, poor lighting, and the space’s layout can create home garage parking problems. Examples of the latter might be a support beam or a central vac system with a canister that juts out and impedes on your garage parking space.

And finding enough space to park all of your vehicles indoors can be a problem even if you have a 2-car, 3-car, or even larger garage space. If you’re not taking the time to occasionally declutter your garage, parking problems are inevitable.

Potential problems with home garage parking

Not having enough room for garage parking leads to these potential problems:

  • paint and body damage to vehicles
  • the inconvenience that comes with difficulties entering and exiting vehicles
  • you can’t reap the many benefits of garage parking
  • the stress of trying to park your vehicles inside safely

Home garage parking can be stressful, but there are several ways to fix the problems relevant to your own parking situation. Start by making use of these seven useful tips and implementing a few of the recommendations to make home garage parking easier.

1. Make your garage bigger

When considering ways to make home garage parking easier, one of your first ideas might be to expand the size of your garage. It’s a natural conclusion to make, but a solution that does have some drawbacks.

The recommended minimum size for a 1-car garage is around 12′ wide by 24′ deep (12′ x 24′). That can be expanded to dimensions of approximately 14′ x 22′ and 16′ x 24′ to accommodate larger vehicles and room for storage.

For 2-car garages, the minimum recommended size would be approximately 22′ x 24′. A size of 24′ x 24′ would be considered ideal and provide you with extra flexibility. As always, you should go with with more space than you think you’ll need.

Yes, hiring a garage builder to expand your garage’s size may provide you with more parking space. There are a few reasons, however, why some alternative solutions will soon become more appealing:

  • the high cost of a garage expansion
  • the inconvenience of not having use of your garage for an extended period of time
  • the mess a garage expansion will cause
  • the hassle and expense of obtaining building permits

2. Create more space in your garage

If your garage floor is cluttered and barely leaving you enough space to pull a vehicle inside, it makes more sense to deal with the clutter than to start knocking down any walls.

Many garages don’t fully utilize their wall and vertical space for storage. There are a few effective garage storage and organization solutions that can take advantage of these underused areas.

A slatwall organization system adds PVC slatwall panels with hanging accessories to your walls, which lets you keep your floor clear of clutter.

Overhead storage racks also aid you in keeping your floor clear, thereby making home garage parking easier. Less garage floor clutter means less obstacles to worry about when parking.

A garage cabinet system can also be installed to add extra storage room and they’re a great storage solution if your garage can accommodate it. Storage cabinetry may or may not be ideal for your garage if the space is too confined, although keep in mind that our GL Signature cabinet system comes with a shallow depth option for smaller garages.

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A 1-car garage is much easier to park in when it’s well-organized.

3. Use DIY home garage parking aids

Probably the biggest challenge of home garage parking is knowing how far into the garage your vehicle should be pulled. The other main worry is knowing how far over to one side of your garage your vehicle is. Here are some of the DIY parking aids that homeowners have tried:

  • a suspended tennis ball on a string hung from the ceiling (when it touches your windshield, you’re in far enough)
  • attaching a paint brush or broom head to the driver side wall (when your mirror touches the bristles, you’ll know you’re over too far on that side)
  • adding bright reflective tape on your garage walls to line up with a set point on your vehicle
  • using a wood block on your floor as a stopping indicator
  • using old sofa cushions or fastening thick carpeting or foam pads to walls

While it’s true these cheap home garage parking aids can work to varying degrees, there are two reasons they might not provide the satisfaction you’re looking for.

First and foremost, these low-tech parking aids look lousy. Who wants an ugly fuzzy tennis ball hanging from their garage ceiling or old carpeting stuck to their walls? These DIY ideas will only detract from your garage’s aesthetics. That’s not ideal, especially if you’ve invested in a garage makeover that includes a fresh new garage floor coating.

The second reason to think twice about DIY home garage parking aids are they tend to not be reliable. That dangling tennis ball can slip off the string or get knocked out of place. And wood blocks can break or slide if they’re not properly anchored.

4. Use proper home garage parking aids

If DIY parking aids aren’t to your liking, there are quite a few other options available online and in stores. One of the most popular choices are wireless car cameras that can make parking easier. These are known by a variety of names, including parking cameras, backup cameras, reversing cameras, and rearview cameras.

Wireless parking sensors are another option worth considering. A sensor built into a license plate frame communicates with a smartphone app to send audio, visual, and vibration alerts when your vehicle is too close to another object.

Another high-tech home garage parking aid that’s been growing in popularity are laser parking aids. These handy units are mounted in your garage and have an adjustable laser beam that guides you to park safely.

If you’re a Tesla owner, you’ll have access to a number of high-tech parking aids. The Tesla Model S comes with parking sensors, rearview cameras, and an automatic folding side mirrors feature. Some models also have a “Summon” mode that can automatically park the car in your garage for you.

On the more low-tech end of commercially available parking aids are indicators that are put on your garage floor. These come in different types, such as a mat or bump/stopper that indicate when you’re in the right parking spot. The downside of these aids are that they can move if they’re not fastened to your floor.

5. Add better lighting and wall bumpers

One way to make home garage parking less of a headache is to improve the lighting in your garage. Garages commonly have outdated lighting which consists of one or two 60 watt incandescent bulbs that don’t provide much illumination.

It’s amazing how much of difference improved lighting makes in any space. And considering garage parking leaves you with little room for error, upgraded lighting is worth considering.

Our 4 foot LED garage light fixture provides high quality and uniform lighting, which can help make parking a little easier. Its unbreakable lens and durable housing make it ideal for a damp location like a garage. The energy efficient 71 watt light has the same light output as 10-60 watt incandescent bulbs, while using 90% less energy.

Another smart choice to protect your vehicle doors in small garages are wall bumpers, which are mounted on your garage walls or slatwall panels. These PVC bumpers will save your doors from the dings, dents, and scratches that can occur when entering or exiting vehicles in a confined garage space.

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Upgraded garage lighting can make parking easier.

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Wall bumpers protect your vehicle’s doors from damage.

6. Practice parking more or change the way you park

If you’ve recently moved into a new home, you may be having problems parking in your garage because you’re just not familiar enough with the space and how your vehicle fits within it.

Another factor that may be causing you to feel uncertain when parking is that you’re driving a new vehicle that’s significantly larger than your previous vehicle. Simple practice can help make things easier. Get a family member to act as a parking guide outside the vehicle to help you acclimatize to your surroundings.

You might also consider backing into your garage instead of pulling forward into it, as most drivers do. You may have more things stored on one side of the garage than the other and a simple reverse of what side you exit or enter your vehicle from might help.

Reversing into your garage has a couple of benefits. First, it obviously makes it easier and quicker to leave your garage. Secondly, it’s safer to pull out of your garage driving forward, which might be a consideration if you have small kids or pets.

One of the great benefits of home garage parking is that your vehicles will warm up quicker on cold days. Just remember not to overdo it with the warming up if you’re reverse parking in your garage.

Make sure your garage door is open to let your exhaust fumes escape and limit the warm up to a few minutes. If you’re making this a regular practice, you should also ensure the connecting wall between your garage and heated living area is properly sealed. This includes having weatherstripping and a threshold on the door that accesses your garage from the rest of your home.

7. Add a car lift for more home garage parking space

Any of the above home garage parking tips should be helpful to you, as can our last parking solution. A 4 post car lift can double your garage’s parking space. That can turn a 1-car garage effectively into a 2-car garage or just create a little more space in your larger garage.

The car lift allows a vehicle to be stored above another vehicle that’s parked on the ground. If you have a 2-car garage and are finding it difficult to park two vehicles inside of it, a car lift can allow you to do this and perhaps also create a space for a workshop.

Our 4 post car lifts are safe and easy to use and can store vehicles weighing 8,000 – 9,000 lbs. They can also be used for storing motorcycles and out-of-season items, as well as being useful for doing maintenance on your vehicles.

Conquer your home garage parking problems

There’s no reason to contend with the stress of home garage parking and risk any damage to the body of your vehicles, which leads to expensive repairs. The solutions listed here will help you conquer your home garage parking problems.

Garage Living has extensive experience in transforming garage spaces to make them clutter-free, more visually appealing, and much more functional. Find out what great things we can do with your garage space by scheduling a free in-home consultation with us today.

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13 Fall Garage Storage Tips and Ideas to Get Ready for Winter

Garage storage tips for fall

As the days get shorter and winter approaches, the yearly ritual of preparing your home for the dreaded colder weather is now underway.

Homeowners will change furnace filters, cover up air conditioners, rake a never-ending amount of leaves, clear out gutters, and plant bulbs for spring, to name just a few of many necessary fall tasks.

Of course, storing items used during the spring and summer will also require your attention. Naturally, your garage will be the primary storage space for these seasonal items.

Can it accommodate your fall garage storage requirements?

Don’t procrastinate on fall garage storage preparations

Procrastinating on making sure your garage is winter-ready has several negative effects, including:

  • causing you to deal with your fall garage storage concerns later when temperatures in your garage are less comfortable
  • creating potential extra costs due to lower garage energy efficiency and damage to items from improper winter storage
  • the extra time that’s wasted looking for things
  • generally prohibits you from getting the most functionality out of your garage space

Taking a proactive approach to your fall garage storage considerations will serve you well throughout the coming colder months. You’ll also notice the benefits when the warm weather returns.

Winter is coming! Is your garage ready? These 13 storage tips will help you prepare. Make sure your garage space is organized and functional for the months ahead.

1. Declutter your garage

Getting your garage organized and keeping it that way requires you to declutter regularly. As a rule, it should be your very first task when it comes to your fall garage storage preparations.

Garages are the go-to dumping ground for items that you’re reluctant to part with or just can’t find a storage spot for within your heated living space. You know, clutter.

Anyone with a well-kept garage space will undoubtedly be taking the time to declutter this area at least once a year (at minimum). The benefits of decluttering include:

  • it frees up space for indoor parking and improves garage functionality and organization
  • implementing better storage solutions such as garage cabinetry is easier
  • it makes your garage safer by eliminating tripping hazards from items left on the floor (like rakes)
  • locating items when you need them will be easier

2. Clean your garage floor

Your fall garage storage tasks should include making sure your space is clean and as free of dirt, dust, and grime as possible. Spring cleaning your garage after the messy toll that winter takes on it is essential.

You’d also be advised to take the time to clean your garage floor before the snow comes. After all, garages in colder climates will almost certainly get more use during the spring and summer months. That creates a lot of foot traffic and tracks in dirt from your yard on shoes, boots, and tools.

A Floortex™ floor coating is extremely durable and resilient, but even it requires an occasional cleaning. Luckily, that requires relatively little effort on your part.

After decluttering, give your garage floor a good sweep and thoroughly rinse off the remaining debris with a hose. Make sure any electrical outlets that might come in contact with spray from your hose are covered up.

Then remove the remaining water on your floor with a good squeegee (you can pick one up at your local Garage Living showroom). Your clean Floortex-coated floor will look just like new and be all ready for the demands of winter.

3. Turn off your outdoor water and empty and store all hoses

Before freezing temperatures become the norm, make sure your home’s outdoor water connection is shut off for the winter. Drain the lines as much as possible as well. This will greatly minimize the chance of pipes bursting during winter time, which can be an expensive repair.

Your garden hoses should also receive attention when you’re carrying out your fall garage storage preparations. Garden hoses should be kept coiled and unkinked at all times to prolong their life and prevent cracking and leaks.

Invest in a hose reel to make this easier and keep hoses off your garage floor or walkways. Garage Living carries high-quality wall-mounted reels and portable hose reel carts, in addition to excellent kink-resistant garden hoses that are very durable.

Disconnect your garden hose from its water connection and make sure you’ve drained all the water from it. It’s a bad idea to leave water in hoses over the winter for a few reasons. Don’t forget to drain sprinklers and watering wands as well.

Specifically, water left in hoses that freezes can rupture the hose or cause it to crack. An undrained hose that’s left connected could also cause ice to potentially creep its way into your pipes and cause them to burst.

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Drain your garden hoses and make sure they’re properly stored before sub-zero temperatures arrive.

4. Make sure certain items aren’t kept in the garage

More than a few homeowners make the mistake of using their garage to store items that should be stored in their heated living space. Here are a few items that you shouldn’t be keeping in the garage:

  • paint, cleaning products, and many household chemicals (frigid temperatures affect their consistency, color, and effectiveness)
  • electronics you plan to donate (condensation can damage solder joints and cause circuit boards to rust or crack)
  • clothing or linens that aren’t in vacuum-sealed storage bags
  • propane tanks (store them in a shed or covered outdoor area)
  • paper, which attracts rodents and other pests

5. Make your garage more energy efficient

Your garage doors are the largest moving object in your home. They also account for as much as third of your home’s front exterior. Therefore, it’s in your best interest to make sure this home feature is properly outfitted to maximize your garage’s energy efficiency.

Make sure your garage doors are properly insulated to keep as much warm air in and as much cold air out. Modern garage doors offer much better insulation features than older models, which can help lower your heating costs.

Steel garage doors, in particular, are a popular choice for homeowners looking for garage doors that provide stylish aesthetics and effective insulating features.

Adding insulation to your garage ceiling and walls can have a major beneficial impact on your garage’s energy efficiency. This can be a big, messy job that also isn’t cheap, but it’s a smart long-term investment.

Make sure your garage doors, window frames, and any other doors have weatherstripping to eliminate drafts. Weatherstripping can peel and crack over time, so be sure to inspect it periodically. You can also eliminate drafts around window and door frames, vents, and any outlets with caulking.

Remember, improving your garage’s energy efficiency during the winter also means it’ll be more energy efficient during the rest of the year. A well-insulated attached garage should ease the burden of your air conditioner when the weather heats up.

6. Make better use of your garage’s wall space

One of the most commonly underutilized storage areas in garages are its walls. What’s the main thing that’s keeping you from using your garage for parking? Floor clutter, of course!

Reclaiming that valuable garage floor space to allow for parking will be especially appreciated when the cold weather arrives. You won’t need to brush snow off vehicles and de-ice their windows, sparing you extra exposure to any inclement weather. Vehicles will also warm up quicker.

Adding a slatwall storage system to your garage walls will make it a lot easier to maintain an organized garage. Our PVC slatwall panels also add a more clean, finished look to your garage interior.

And by making use of the more than 40 types of slatwall accessories available, you’ll be able to hang up most of your tools and belongings that are only used during spring and summer.

Everything from bikes to gardening supplies to sports and camping equipment can be hung with our specialty hooks, shelves, brackets, baskets, and bins, in an endless number of configurations. Up to 50 lbs can be supported.

And because slatwall panels give you so much extra storage space, you can find a dedicated year-round home for all your tools. There’ll be no need to switch out summer tools like rakes with snow shovels, or vice versa.

This can save you many hours of time over the coming years. Seasonal transitions in your garage will be a breeze!

fall garage storage slatwall

PVC slatwall panels provide flexible storage space for all of your lawn and garden tools.

7. Test all garage alarm devices and check your fire extinguisher

Many fire departments advise you to test your smoke, carbon monoxide, and heat detectors a minimum of twice a year. Make a practice of doing so whenever the clocks go forward and go back.

Your garage should have a heat detector and carbon monoxide detector installed, so make it a habit to add testing these devices to your fall garage storage and preparation to-do list.

If your garage also contains a fire extinguisher that can be stored in colder temperatures, give it an inspection. Check that its expiry date is still good and check its pressure if there’s a pressure gauge.

If you’re not storing a fire extinguisher in your garage, store one just inside the door that enters your home from your attached garage.

What’s that, you say? Your garage doesn’t have a fire extinguisher, carbon monoxide detector, or heat detector? Investing in any or all three of these inexpensive items is a sensible idea as an extra safety measure to protect your home.

8. Prepare your equipment and tools for winter storage

A little preventative care when storing your lawn tools and equipment for the winter will extend their life. This also includes patio furniture. By spring, they’ll all be ready to use right away. Take the time to declutter any tools that are barely used or worn out and no longer useful.

Lawn and garden tools like wheelbarrows, rakes, shovels, tillers, and edgers can be hosed down, which should remove most dirt. To remove stubborn caked-on soil and dirt, hose the tools down and use a light wire brush for cleaning (this can also be used to remove light rust). Make sure to dry all washed items before storing them.

Now let’s give your cutting tools a little attention. Your pruners, loppers, shears, saws, and hedge trimmer blade will likely have sap on them. Use a cutting tool cleaner (or turpentine, which is also effective) to remove any sticky residue. Also, inspect the sharpness of the tools’ blades.

Powered yard equipment needs even more care before storing them for the winter to maximize their life. Clean any grass clippings and residue from lawn mowers and grass trimmers.

For gas-powered equipment, drain all gas, oil, and other additives from the tools and dispose of the fluids properly. Consider an end-of-season tune-up for your lawn mower so you’ll have one less thing to deal with when spring comes.

9. Look up to find more fall garage storage space

Along with a garage’s walls, its vertical space is rarely used to the best of its abilities for storage. Remedy that and find more fall garage storage space by adding specialty overhead racking to store your bulkier and seasonal items.

Because these larger items have more weight, you’ll need a more heavy-duty storage solution, which our overhead racks provide. Up to 600 lbs can be supported on our adjustable racks, which are available in a variety of sizes.

Many homeowners taking care of their fall garage storage needs in colder climates will own an extra set of car tires. If you have more than one vehicle with a second set of tires, that can take up more garage floor space than you’d prefer. Try using a heavy-duty wall-mounted tire rack instead.

With these bulky items stored vertically, you’ll be amazed at how much space this can free up on your garage floor. Parking will be easier and you’ll be able to quickly locate those storage bins or totes full of holiday decorations when needed.

fall garage storage tire racks

A heavy-duty wall-mounted tire rack keeps your extra set of tires off your garage floor.

10. Store your summer car on a car lift

If you own a classic car or sports car that only gets driven for half the year due to the weather where you live, storing it during the winter can pose a problem.

Either you’ll need to use up one of your garage’s parking spots for it or you’ll need to store it in an off-site facility. Both of these can be inconvenient, but a car lift makes for a great solution.

A 4 post car lift also makes use of the underutilized ceiling space in your garage to provide you with extra storage space. Simply raise your car on the lift and keep it there until spring, while parking your everyday use vehicle below it.

A car lift can also be used (with the right attachment) for storing other seasonal items like motorcycles and riding mowers.

11. Inspect your winter tools and equipment

You won’t want to wait until after that first blizzard hits to find out your snow blower isn’t functioning properly. Be sure that your fall garage storage and preparation checklist includes snow removal equipment inspection.

Consider taking your snow blower in for a tune-up if it’s been a while since a pro performed maintenance on it. If you’re more of the hands-on type, change the spark plug and fill it up with gas, oil, and any additives like fuel stabilizer.

The tires and pull cord should also be checked. Take proactive measures by having backups for parts that more commonly need replacing, so you’re not inconvenienced with a maintenance issue when the snow blower is really needed. This includes shear pins and extra drive belts.

12. Consider additional storage solutions like garage cabinetry

Garage cabinetry helps you maximize storage space and can be extremely valuable when it comes to finding extra fall garage storage space for all your belongings.

Garage Living has several lines of cabinet systems to fit any budget. From our GL Signature cabinets (which are great for smaller garages) to our top-of-the-line GL Custom Steel cabinets, any system you choose will drastically improve your garage’s functionality and looks.

fall garage storage cabinets

GL Custom Steel cabinets add more functionality and great aesthetics to your garage space.

13. Add a garage heater

Using your garage as a workshop gives you the freedom to tinker and repair things in your own private space, without worrying about messes or noise. Cold weather limits your ability to use it comfortably, however.

Your multipurpose garage space can be more useful during the year’s more frigid months by adding heating to it. Needless to say, 24/7 garage heating during the winter can get expensive, unfortunately.

One alternative solution is to use a portable electric heater. An even better idea is to get a more effective heating solution that can be fastened to your wall, like an electric radiant infrared heater.

Garage Living’s electric radiant heaters come in 110V and 220V models that have a long power cord and a remote control. It’s meant to heat a smaller area of your garage so you’ll be able to continue using your garage for your hobbies all year-round.

Consult a pro for your fall garage storage needs

Garage Living can help with your fall garage storage preparations.

Schedule your free in-home consultation to get your garage winter-ready with our smart and effective garage organization and storage solutions.

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Top 7 Reasons We Accumulate Garage Clutter & How to Eliminate It

When you think of clutter hotspots in homes, a few areas immediately come to mind.

Bedroom closets, guest bedrooms, entryways, basements, and home offices are notorious for commonly being found in a disorganized state in many homes.

And then there’s the garage. Garages may well be the most problematic area when it comes to keeping a home organized. You can find many statistics on how prevalent garage clutter is – here’s just a few:

  • 50% of homeowners polled named the garage as the most disorganized area of their house (NAPO study)
  • in a survey of 1,000 Americans, 47% of them admitted to encountering problems with garage parking due to clutter (Sparefoot survey)
  • a third of two-car garage homeowners are only able to park one vehicle inside (U.S. Department of Energy study)
  • approximately 9% of Americans rent storage space, despite the fact that 65% of them have a garage (Self Storage Association stat)

And garage clutter isn’t a problem that’s unique to American and Canadian homeowners. A study of 1,000 Australians by the Australia Institute found that just under half of them also had problems parking in their garages because of clutter.

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A one-car garage in need of better storage solutions.

Identify the main causes of your garage clutter

So what factors contribute to garage clutter? Recognizing and understanding the reasons your garage has become a disorganized mess is the first important step in resolving the problem.

Here are seven common reasons for garage clutter, followed by some solutions that can help you get organized and reclaim your garage space.

1. You have garage clutter because you’re habitually disorganized

Not all of us are neatniks. Even for the most organized person, keeping home clutter at bay can be a relentless challenge.

The slow creep of clutter demands that any homeowner maintains a diligent and systematic approach to keeping home clutter at a minimum.

The hectic pace of life doesn’t always cooperate with this well-intentioned approach to home organization and limiting garage clutter.

And clutter is all too eager to take advantage of the shortcomings of anyone who’s habitually disorganized. While it’s true that we’re always capable of changing our ways and habits, the reality is that it gets harder and more unrealistic the older we get.

2. It’s too daunting to deal with your garage clutter

The longer your garage clutter problem goes on, the more difficult it becomes to fix. Years of neglect towards clutter can create a scenario where the problem seems too daunting to even begin to tackle.

Giving in to these strong feelings only feeds the vicious circle of guilt, self-doubt, and stress that becomes a harmful by-product of living in a clutter-filled environment.

Clutter prevents us from easily finding items, which frustrates us. Our brains also view clutter as work that needs to be done, which negatively affects our focus.

Another non-solution to dealing with clutter in the garage is to just adapt to the mess. Instead of mustering up the energy it’ll require to transform your cluttered garage space, you’ll convince yourself that it’ll be easier to just “work around” the stacks of junk.

The U.S. self storage industry now generates $25 billion annually. You can bet that the vast majority of those customers were plagued with garage clutter problems they simply ignored or adapted to.

3. Your garage is an easy dumping ground

Garages (especially larger ones) can seem like a fairly practical area to store items that don’t have a proper home in your house’s main interior.

That empty corner of the garage that can hold a bunch of stacked storage boxes or bins you don’t know what to do with? It seems ideal, especially if you believe you’ll come up with a better storage solution later on. It’s this “I’ll deal with it eventually” mindset that can create garage clutter in a hurry.

The “out of sight, out of mind” philosophy also comes into play in these scenarios. If you think about it, however, that’s a rather backwards way of thinking.

That’s because data shows that garage doors are now one of the most frequently used doors in homes. That means you’re accessing your garage several times during the course of a day.

This frequent usage of your garage doesn’t just negate the “out of sight” half of this well-known phrase. You’ll also find it virtually impossible not to be increasingly mindful of the mounting garage clutter that’s limiting your ability to take advantage of the space’s full functionality.

4. Your garage and overall home space is too small

While large garages can be an all-too-easy storage spot, smaller garages can present a real challenge when it comes to finding extra storage space.

The problems are compounded if the rest of your home is lacking in square footage. This increases the likelihood that your one-car garage will be filled with clutter and not with a parked vehicle.

Sure, small garages may be more of a challenge to set up as effective storage spaces. You’d be surprised at a small garage’s storage potential, however, when its walls and vertical space are utilized better (more on that shortly).

5. Seasonal changes contribute to your garage clutter

Transitions from one season to another in northern climates can be a significant contributor to garage clutter, particularly in spring and fall.

Come fall time, you’ll need space to store your yard equipment and tools, patio furniture, summer sports equipment, barbecue, and other items until they’re needed several months later. You might even need storage space in your garage for a classic car that only gets driven when the weather is warmer.

In the springtime, your snow removal equipment, snow tires, and other winter-related belongings will need to be stored. Swapping out your summer belongings with your winter belongings isn’t always a neat and tidy process, unfortunately.

And there’s also holiday decorations to consider. Your boxes and storage bins containing your Christmas, Halloween, and other seasonal decorative items will only be needed once a year. Therefore, you’ll want them stored well out of your way and not taking up valuable garage floor space for the entire year.

garage clutter tire rack

A heavy-duty tire rack keeps out-of-season tires off your garage floor.

6. You struggle to let go of your belongings

Another main cause of garage clutter is the inability we tend to have of letting go of things. Nostalgia has a strong pull on us, but it’s important not to get too wrapped up in sentimentality.

Certain important keepsakes are certainly well worth holding onto, but how much is too much? You’ll know it’s time to seriously confront your emotional attachments to your belongings when garage clutter becomes a persistent problem.

Some precious keepsakes (like photos) shouldn’t be stored in the garage anyway, due to fluctuating temperatures that generate moisture from humidity and condensation. This can lead to mold forming on items (especially papers and fabrics) stored for lengthy periods in garages.

For treasured items you simply can’t let go of, find storage space in an area of your home that’s climate controlled. In the case of a photo collection, you can also take the time to digitally archive your pictures.

For everything else that doesn’t have any sentimental value, ask yourself whether or not you’ve used it in the past couple of years. If it hasn’t been used in that time, donate it, sell it, or toss it.

Also try and resist the “but I might need it someday” mentality. This way of thinking only leads to what’s been called “aspirational clutter”.

7. Your garage lacks effective storage and organization systems

When you really get down to it, one of the main reasons you’re struggling with garage clutter is because you’re probably lacking effective storage and organization systems.

Just as a messy closet can be transformed with the addition of a closet organizer, so too can your garage benefit from the addition of helpful storage systems.

Smartly designed organization and storage systems greatly improve your odds of keeping specific areas of your home tidy and well-maintained.

4 solutions to eliminate your garage clutter

Wouldn’t it be nice to drive into your garage and feel like you’ve arrived home to a comfortable, clean, and inviting space that you take pride in?

That feeling would certainly be better than the alternative of entering a cluttered garage (on foot, of course – there’s nowhere to park!) and being reminded of your garage organization failings.

Garage Living can eliminate your garage clutter problems with the following solutions:

Creating a clutter-free garage space is easier when you turn to a trusted garage professional that has the right products and expertise.

Get your garage organization project started by scheduling a free in-home consultation with a member of Garage Living’s design team today.

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