Garage Makeover

clean out and organize your garageIf your garage houses everything but your car, perhaps it’s time to consider cleaning out and reorganizing. Making space for projects, hobbies and storage extends your living space. For some, the garage is the biggest room in the house; why not make it more livable?

From sports equipment, lawn and gardening tools, seasonal decorations and cherished relics that you can’t part with, a roomful can be overwhelming — especially when considering the decision to toss or keep.

Realistically, if you organize everything, you may not have to get rid of anything. This is an opportunity to get the treasure off the floor and out from behind the door. With a step-by-step process you can create an organized, usable garage space and create storage.

Pick a nice day so you can use the driveway to begin organizing. Separate things into piles by group: sports gear, hand tools, fix-it supplies, yard paraphernalia and a junk pile. “Junk” being those things that you’ve hung onto that you “might use someday.” Consider how many years it has gathered dust and toss or donate it to your local charity. The tax savings from your donation might even help pay for your garage make over.

Once you have everything in its respective pile, look at your garage space. Now that you have empty walls and floor space, you can put everything back and hope it stays nice, right? Wrong! You wouldn’t leave pots and pans on the kitchen floor, why leave valuable equipment on the garage floor? Add cabinetry with shelving, drawers and doors to store things properly.

Adding cabinets also creates counter space for woodworking, fixing the car, potting plants or whatever your interest dictates. Modular cabinets can be arranged in and around your large items, like the refrigerator, ride-on lawn mower or band saw to create a space for everything.

Adding cabinetry is more than organization, it’s about lifestyle. You’re taking the most cluttered part of your home and customizing it to create a finished extension of your square footage and adding to your home’s value. The professional craftsmen at Handyman Matters can handle all of the cabinet and storage installation in your new garage space.

Once your garage becomes a clean, organized space you can also use it for garage entertainment. Hang a flat-screen TV and sound system to enjoy football games and work on your project at the same time and have fun in your garage.

Certain companies make heavy duty cabinetry specifically to handle heavy tools, machines and rough conditions typical of the garage. With their unique hanging system, the cabinets don’t sit on the floor so they are level and easy to clean under. Make sure when installing your cabinets that you have done your homework on pound load capacity. Our craftsmen can make the appropriate recommendations for materials and storage that will handle the items you store in your garage.

Once you find how nice it is to utilize your garage space, think about the basement, laundry room, mud room or other space where stuff gathers dust. Handyman Matters can handle all of your home repair and update needs. Springtime is the best time to start cleaning out and updating your home, call 866-FIX-MY-HOME (866-349-6946) to find a location near you.