Working zones in the garage can include:
• Tools: Start with a tool bench to anchor the space and add tool chests, incorporating heavy-duty tools safely into the space. Mount most-used tools onto the wall or into easily accessible, clearly labeled drawers or cabinets.
• Automotive: Store motor oil, coolant and filters together in a cabinet thats out of the reach of children or pets.
• Sports center: Ball-handling skills are easily practiced when bins are affixed to the wall. Hang up everything from baseball bats to golf bags and skis. Individualized lockers for each child are an option for personalized storage.
• Lawn and garden: Rolling bins can store potting soil, mulch and fertilizer. For the homeowner with a green thumb, a potting station can anchor the space with gardening tools mounted on the wall.
• Storage: You only have to look up to create even more storage opportunities. Garage ceilings can vault up to 14 feet, which means a permanent platform, storage track system and hooks can be installed to keep items off the floor for good.
• Trash/recycling: This zone should be close to the garage door, since these items will be brought curbside at least once a week.
A garage can be an open door into the family that occupies the home, says Shuman. No organizational system can be successful if it is overloaded with useless items, he says. People want inside their homes to be clean and safe, and now they are realizing that the garage is an extension of the home. How the garage looks and functions conveys a message about the rest of the home.