We see this all too often – you drive by a neighbor’s house with two cars in the driveway even though the home has a two-car garage. Many times the culprit is a boat or RV while in most instances it’s stuff. You know the stuff – it’s sports and recreation items, unused or broken furniture, lawn and garden equipment, shop tools, rugs, dog kennels, Aunt Bessie’s china cabinet the list goes on and on. Now your cars are outside exposed to the elements being ravaged by sunny days and the occasional ice storm.

Many homes lack storage space and as such the garage is the logical resolution to this – why would you want to rent temporary climate controlled storage for $120 per month when you have a garage? So what to do? You need to upgrade the garage storage.

To start take stock of what you have. Your storage needs would be different if you had a bunch of small boxes versus a bunch of gym equipment. In certain situations, you’ll be left with the sale of items approach. To help get organized, many homeowners have added cabinets to store shoes, sporting equipment and tools. There are cabinets designed specifically to hold power tools. Other storage products may include wall-mounted panels with slots that can hold everything from pliers to bikes to motorized lifts for hanging golf bags and kayaks.

Upgrading a garage with epoxy flooring, an easy-to-clean coating, can give your space a clean appearance and turn it into a space that you can enjoy. Other homeowners have added nice flooring and created a work bench to do crafts or pot flowers.

A small investment can help turn your cluttered garage into a space you can enjoy, without tripping on your way into the house. While you’re at it take the time to finish the garage off where the homebuilder, to save money for themselves, left you with exposed two-by-four wall sections or taped and mudded drywall. You’ll have to clear the garage regardless, so either grab a friend to help or hire someone to knock it out. Once the project is completed, you’ll have a ‘brand new’ garage.

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