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You’ve spent hours toiling in your garage, but are you really using your space as efficiently as possible? Here are just seven ways to remodel, revamp and rejuvenate your workspace.
1. Replace Your Garage Doors
Are you still struggling with the garage doors that came with the house? Are they old, outdated or supremely slow? Replace them with a sleek new model that also includes contemporary features like wireless keypads and remote locking capabilities.
We just built a house and garage door openers were not included. Remember if you have two separate garage doors places like Lowes and Home Depot want to charge you around $120 for the install per door on top of the price of each opener. Craziness! So keep that in mind when you are budging for them. My husband was not a happy camper when he found out.
2. Install Cabinets
Garage cabinets are a great way to get things off the floor. You can stick everything from tools to half-finished projects inside them, not only improving your workspace organization but also freeing up room to move.
We saw some stock cabinets at Home Depot that we plan on putting in our garage one day. They are meant for a pantry normally but we think two would go great in the garage for tools and whatnot. We are notorious for having a junked up garage but it stops now!
3. Jazz Up Your Flooring
Say goodbye to that stained concrete that makes the entire place look messy and unkempt. Install something like tile or limestone instead. You can even paint your floor with stripes or checkers to give it the feel of a real auto shop.
Florescent lights are critical to the modern garage, but did you know that you can save up to $100 a year by switching to compact florescent lights (CFLs)? They’ll shine just as brightly as your regular halogen bulbs, but they’re much more energy-efficient and cost-effective.
5. Upgrade Your Workbench
If your workbench doesn’t have wheels, it’s time to add them. If it doesn’t include built-in shelves and compartments for holding your tools when not in use, it’s time to look at models that do. Your workbench is the life and soul of your garage, so find something worthy of the title.
Half of our garage will be used as a workshop. My husband is into woodworking these days will all my Pinterest finds. Against one wall there will be the pantry type cabinets on the ends of the rolling workbench we saw at Home Depot. We are at Home Depot A LOT these days if you can’t tell.
6. Use Your Ceiling
All kinds of things can be attached to your ceiling to help you organize your garage and free up floorspace. For example, hooks can hang little baskets of nails and steel bars can hold plastic bins full of holiday decorations and sports equipment.
7. Write It Down
Does your garage have an area where you can jot down ideas in the middle of a project? Most don’t, and the ideas of their owners are lost forever. Make it a point of installing a few whiteboards, chalkboards or bulletin boards around your garage so inspiration never goes to waste. You can even make a chalkboard by spraying an old mirror with chalkboard paint.
These are just seven ways to revamp your musty garage. From spotless floors to effortless organization, you won’t even recognize your man-cave after you’ve taken all these tips to heart.
What is your best garage organizing tip?
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.