If you’re looking for a place to focus your new year’s resolution this year, your garage might be a good place to start. Garages tend to get the short end of the stick when it comes to household improvements. They’re the place that ends up storing everything from tools that get regular use to holiday decorations that only get taken out once a year to items that you may never use again but aren’t ready to get rid of. And how often does a garage get cleaned? A few times a year, once a year, or maybe even less often? Take a look at some New Year’s resolutions that can help you get the most out of your garage.
1, Declutter and Reorganize
If you’re tired of never being able to find what you want easily, or if you just don’t have enough room to move around in your garage, then this may be a good time to make a resolution to cut down on the clutter and improve organization. Getting rid of the clutter can be a big job, but there are ways to motivate yourself. You can plan a garage sale so that you can at least make some money on items you get rid of, for example.
Decluttering may improve your garage, but by itself, it’s not enough. Unless you get organized the garage will quickly return to its cluttered state. Once the garage is clean, try adding some organizational items, like a pegboard wall for hanging tools or a study cabinet for keeping things off the floor.
2. Make Your Garage More Functional
Because the garage is a common place to keep tools and parts, it’s also a good place for a workshop if you’re handy or mechanically inclined. Adding a few features to your garage can make it a better place to work and encourage you to get more done there.
A workbench that gives you the space and structure that you need for building or working with tools can go a long way toward making your garage a more functional place to work. Choose a sturdy material and make sure that your workbench is large enough to give you plenty of room to work. A rolling tool cabinet can also help – you can keep it close to you when you’re using your workbench, for easy accessibility, then roll it out of the way when you’re done.
3 . Repurpose Your Garage for Something Else
Maybe you don’t need storage space or space for home improvement projects, or maybe you just need something else more. A garage that’s not being used for anything else can be used to add something special to the home. You could repurpose your garage as a dance studio, home gym, game room, man cave, or just an extra bedroom.
Repurposing the garage is an ambitious resolution, but there’s also a big reward in it for you if you can get it done. If you’re not making use of the garage as it is, turning it into something new will give you a big addition to your usable living space.
You don’t have to keep your garage-related New Year’s resolution by yourself. For help improving your garage, contact us for a Free design consultation and estimate.