5 Ways to Get More Out of Your Garage

The garage isn’t just for cars anymore. It’s also the perfect place for storing gear and creating workspaces for your favorite hobbies and activities.

But you want to make sure it doesn’t become the spot where you just throw everything you don’t know what to do with. It’s important to have purposeful zones set up to make the best use of your garage space.

Here are my five favorite ways to make your garage a neat, organized and useful space.

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An example from a California Closets New England design of how to neatly store sports equipment in your garage.

1. Get Green - Set up a recycling area in your garage. Designate areas for categories like cans, glass, paper and plastic. A bin to collect other items that need to be disposed of at local hazardous waste days will also come in handy. Go a step further and get a composter so you’ll be ready for gardening season. It’ll be easy to be green with a set-up like this!

2. Garden like the Pros - When it comes to prepping for a lovely summer garden, it can be tough to accomplish this outside if the weather is bad – whether it’s intensely rainy or hot. Create a garden prep area so you can pot plants and start seeds on time. With some simple cabinetry and a countertop, you’ll have a space to store soil, pots, seeds, and tools along with a great workspace.

3. A Locker Room for Your Star Athletes - Many homes don’t have a full mudroom, and if you have kids who are involved in sports it can be difficult to make sure they have their gear, let alone get them across town in time. By creating a mudroom unit in the garage with a “locker” for each child, you can make sure they have all their gear as they pile into the minivan! Even better, they can keep those muddy soccer cleats from entering your home. Consider a design with drawers, shelves, and hanging hooks to store all of their gear.

4. Car Care Center - Do you love your car? Then consider an area to keep all of your cleaning and detailing items handy. Next time you drag out the hose, you won’t be searching all over to get your wax and tire shine!

5. Holiday Central - Once and for all, tackle the issue of holiday décor storage. Dedicate an area to storing decorations in well-labeled boxes so that, as the seasons change, you can decorate easily and enjoy the holidays rather than consider them a chore. Take it a step further by incorporating an area to gift wrap, as well as storing greeting cards. You’ll enjoy the holidays with more time to spend on the important things, like family and friends!

Your garage can easily turn into a clutter zone, OR it can be a super-organized storage space that keeps your busy life simple and stress free!

Just remember to set up clear zones for specific purposes and use accessories like hooks, storage bins, shelves, and cabinets to keep everything organized. Good luck!

Stephanie Scharr Bonini - California Closets Design Consultant

Stephanie Scharr Bonini


Stephanie Scharr Bonini is a California Closets design consultant based in northern Connecticut who works with clients throughout New England. She is an expert at  listening  carefully to her clients to achieve a perfect balance of style, function, and budget with every project.

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