Whether you just moved into a new home, are knee-deep in spring cleaning or are considering a home renovation project, you may be thinking about how to make the most of your garage space.

From adding a functional workspace to reclaiming your parking spot, these tips and garage storage ideas can help get you started.

Where do I start?

As with any home improvement project, the best place to begin is with cleaning. First, sort all of the items in your garage into one of five categories:1

Next, move everything out of the garage so you can clean and sweep the entire space, especially the nooks and corners you can’t usually reach. You may also want to consider giving the walls and/or floors a fresh coat of paint.2

How do I make the space multipurpose?

The right storage is the ticket to a multipurpose garage. In most cases, investing in a variety of storage options can help make the most of your space. Additionally, you’ll want to consider how often you use your gear and tools, and make sure the things you need most frequently are easily accessible.3 Depending on your space and needs, here are a few options to consider for a multipurpose garage:

Wall-mounted storage

Keep the floor clear of clutter by installing wall-mounted storage. Tool tracks, hooks, pegboards, magnetic strips, wall panel systems and shelves can make great homes for items large and small.4

Ceiling-mounted storage

For items that you don’t use often, such as holiday decorations, ceiling-mounted storage can be a great solution. If your garage has a high ceiling, try hanging racks to hold storage bins, ladders, seasonal sporting equipment and more.5

Functional workstation

To make your space more versatile, bring in a freestanding table with drawers or some low cabinets topped with a sturdy counter to use as a workstation. The drawers or cabinets can hold your tools and supplies.6

Locked cabinets

If you have chemicals like paint, pesticides, motor oil, antifreeze or gas in your garage, it’s wise to invest in a locked cabinet. This will keep potentially toxic items out of reach of children and pets.7

How can I improve the lighting in my garage?

LED lightbulbs are an eco-friendly choice for garages of all sizes. They produce light with about 90 percent more efficiency than standard compact fluorescent lighting or incandescent lightbulbs, potentially lowering your electric bill.8 LED lightbulbs cost more than other options, so you’ll want to factor that into your garage remodel budget. Since they last about 25 times longer than incandescent lightbulbs, however, you’ll likely save money over time.9

Garage storage solutions

If you utilize your garage in a strategic way, it can really add to the square footage of your home while still leaving room for your vehicle.

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