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On the First Day of Christmas: One Room to Refresh

First Day of Christmas - One Room to RefreshReady or not, December is here! We presented our last 12 Days of Christmas series several years ago, and we’re excited to bring it back. Follow along as we offer ways to brighten your holiday season and the year to come. Without further ado, on this First Day of Christmas, we bring you One Room to Refresh.

Is your garage feeling cluttered, disorganized, and uninspiring? It’s time to roll up your sleeves and give it a much-needed refresh. Transforming your garage into a functional and inviting space can make a world of difference in your daily life. Here are some tips to help you get started on your garage-refreshing journey.

Declutter and Sort

The first step to a refreshed garage is decluttering. Begin by taking everything out of your garage and sorting it into categories – keep, donate, toss, or recycle. Be ruthless in your decision-making to avoid hoarding unnecessary items. (While the “If it doesn’t bring you joy, toss it” rule may not exactly apply in this case, keep it in mind.)

Create Zones

Consider the different purposes your garage can serve. Whether it’s a workshop, storage area, or a place for your car, designate specific zones for each function. Use shelving, cabinets, and storage bins to keep things organized within each zone.

Upgrade Your Storage

Invest in quality storage solutions to keep your garage tidy. Wall-mounted shelves, pegboards, and hooks can help you maximize vertical space. Look for stackable containers to store smaller items efficiently.

Paint and Freshen Up

A fresh coat of paint can work wonders in brightening up your garage. Choose a light, neutral color to make the space feel larger and more inviting. Don’t forget to paint the floor with a durable, easy-to-clean epoxy coating for a polished look.

Lighting Matters

Good lighting is essential in a functional garage. Upgrade your lighting fixtures to bright LED options to ensure you can see what you’re doing, whether it’s working on a project or finding your tools.

Flooring Solutions

Consider adding protective flooring to your garage. Options like rubber mats or interlocking floor tiles not only look great but also provide a comfortable surface to work on. They are also easy to clean and maintain.

Personalize Your Space

Add some personal touches to make your garage feel like an extension of your home. Hang up artwork, install a small seating area, or add some indoor plants to bring life to the space.

Regular Maintenance

To keep your garage looking fresh, commit to regular maintenance. Dedicate some time each month to tidy up, sort items, and ensure everything stays organized.

Safety First

Make sure your garage is a safe place. Install smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and carbon monoxide detectors if you don’t already have them. Keep hazardous materials and tools out of reach of children and pets.

Keep It Functional

Ultimately, your garage should serve your needs. Keep it functional by periodically reassessing your storage and organization systems. Make adjustments as necessary to accommodate any changes in your hobbies or storage requirements.

A refreshed garage not only enhances your home’s functionality but also improves your overall quality of life. It becomes a place where you can work on projects, store belongings, and even relax. So, roll up your sleeves, follow these tips, and enjoy the benefits of a revitalized garage space. What a great way to start the new year!

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Francis Draftsperson and Estimator
With just over 15 years of hands-on experience in the trades, Fran brings a wealth of knowledge to the SDG (drafting)table. Everything from working for turnkey home builders alongside seasoned carpenters, electricians, and plumbers to running his own light remodeling business, the ability to provide real-world solutions to the day-to-day challenges make him a valuable asset to the team, whether at the office or in the field.

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