Give your garage a new lease of life: a guide

If your garage has become a dumping ground for broken electrical items, old toys and rusty recreational apparatus, it’s time to think about how you can make better use of the space. There are all sorts of ways you can utilise your garage – read on for a guide to revitalising this area of your property.

De-clutter and clean

The first step to claiming the garage back for use is to remove what’s preventing you from making the most of the space currently: clutter and junk. Sort through the items in the garage and decide what has to be thrown away and what you can keep, making lists if necessary. If you come across items you haven’t used in years, it’s probably safe to assume these can be removed without being missed, while any bits and bobs you don’t want to keep that are still in good condition you might choose to send to charity shops or school fetes.

Alternatively, if you have items you’d like some money for, why not take them along to a car boot sale, or sell them via online auction sites? This could help you reap back some of the initial outlay.

Make a trip to the tip and get rid of any rubbish or recycling soon afterwards to keep the momentum going, and spend some time cleaning the floor, windows and surfaces of the garage, as well as dusting away cobwebs.

Decide how you want to use the space

Once you’ve sorted out all the objects that have amassed in the garage, you’ll need to give some thought to how you want to make the most of your newly-cleared space. You might decide to return the area back to its original purpose and keep your car safe and secure in the garage, but you may want to utilise the space in another way. For example, you could turn the garage into a study or an office you can use for work or that the children can spend time in doing their homework.

Alternatively, you might want to make the garage a place for relaxing or having fun in, so lay some carpet, fit the space with a couch and add a TV or games console, a pool table or whatever else you enjoy doing in your spare time.

Installing a window at one end of the space can make the garage seem more like a extension of your home (you may need to call in the services of a professional builder for alterations to the structure), and putting up shelves might be useful if you want to use the area to store work utensils, gardening tools or simply to keep the garage uncluttered.

Create an action plan and act on it

When you’ve decided the purpose of your garage, you should make a plan of the space so you know what you want to put, where. This might be especially important if you’re planning to use the area for storage or as an office.

You might keep items for the garden at one end of the garage, tools for your work in the middle and household goods at the other end, for example, or – if you want the room to have multiple functions – you may decide to split the garage up into two distinct areas, so you have a place to relax and one side and a home office at the other.

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