What's Behind the Door?
garage is often the dumping ground for whatever doesn't fit into the
house. If your garage needs a serious overhaul, set aside enough time to
put it right and enlist help.
Sort contents in piles of related items — house maintenance and repair supplies, sports gear, garden tools, holiday decorations, recycling, etc.
For the items that need to stay in the garage, install shelving and cabinets that will house the items close to where they're needed.
Use a grease-cutting cleanser to remove stains on the floor before sealing and, if desired, painting.
Storing similar items together, like these shelves for pet supplies in the HGTV Green Home 2011 garage, streamlines household routines.
Hang coat hooks for jackets and hats, and install a rack close to the outdoor door for muddy boots. A trick to draw the eye away from mess and clutter: Turn the wall into an eye-catching space. In the HGTV 2011 Green Home, the wall is painted a copper shade and stained with diluted wall paint to add architectural interest to the space.
A jazzy paint job takes this space from just-clean to simply dazzling. Having your tools and toys conveniently stored where they're easy to grab but — just as important — easy to put away makes it more likely the garage can be maintained in its shipshape condition.