From Junkyard to Dream Workshop: Tips for Organizing and Renovating Your Garage

It’s easy to let a garage get messy. The garage is often the best place to throw all the mess in your house. If your living room is cluttered, why not put the excess tchotchkes and coffee tables in the garage for later? However, there’s no special room to throw the garage clutter in, which makes cleaning it a puzzle. Maybe it is time for organizing and renovating your garage.

For homesteaders, the garage is more than just a place to park the car and throw excess furniture in. It’s a storage space for tools, equipment, and supplies. And it’s a workshop for DIY projects and repairs. It’s a haven for outdoor gear and hobbies. Over time, the garage can become a dumping ground for clutter, leaving you with little room to move around, let alone work. 

If you’re tired of tripping over boxes and can’t find what you need when you need it, it’s time for organizing and renovating your garage. Here’s how.

Single garage

Assess Your Space and Needs

The first step in any renovation project is taking stock of what you have and want. Start by clearing everything from the garage and sorting it into categories such as tools, sports gear, seasonal items, and donate/trash. It will give you a better idea of how much space you need for each category and which items you can get rid of.

Next, consider what activities you’ll use your garage for, whether it’s woodworking, auto repair, gardening, or a combination of all three. Deciding that will guide your design and organization choices.

Plan Your Layout and Storage

Once you know what you need and want from your garage, it’s time to create a layout that maximizes space and functionality. Consider the size and shape of your garage and how you can make the most of it.

Use wall space for vertical storage with shelves, pegboards, and cabinets. Hang tools and equipment from hooks and rails. Add a workbench or table for projects. Consider installing overhead storage racks for less frequently used items. Label everything clearly so you can find what you need quickly.

Garages are often used for storage—if you still see yourself throwing your clutter in yours, try to have a system set up to categorize and label your mess so that you can always find it, and it doesn’t just lay around wasting space. 

Bike racks on the wall

Upgrade Your Lighting and Flooring

A dark and dingy garage can make it difficult to work in and even pose safety hazards. Consider upgrading your lighting with LED bulbs or fixtures that provide bright, even light. This will make it easier to see what you’re doing and prevent accidents.

Additionally, consider upgrading your flooring with durable, easy-to-clean options such as epoxy, rubber, or interlocking tiles. If you’re often cleaning the floors or parking a vehicle in the room, you’ll need some new tile garage flooring to help maximize the space’s utility.

You want it to be easier to clean next time, after all. These options can stand up to spills, stains, and heavy use, while also making your garage look more attractive and cohesive.

Secure Your Garage

A garage is not only a place to store your belongings but also a potential entry point for intruders. Make sure to secure your garage with locks on the doors and windows.

Also, consider installing a security system or motion sensor lights. This will provide peace of mind knowing that your belongings are safe and secure.

garage with security camera

Maintain Your Garage

Finally, once you’ve organized and renovated your garage, it’s essential to maintain it. Cleaning something once is easy, but waiting until it’s built up years’ worth of mess? That’s a bit harder. Instead, make a habit of putting things back in their designated places after use.

Regularly sweep or vacuum the floors to keep them clean. Check for any repairs that need to be made, such as leaks or cracks. By maintaining your garage, you can keep it organized and functional without having to make another project of it.


A newly outfitted garage can do a lot to make your life easier. From improving access to necessary tools and workspace to providing an extra room for storage and a place to keep your car—it’s an essential room in many houses. Keeping it organized and usable is the best way to maximize the potential of the space.

While renovating your garage can be daunting, it’s worth it. With some planning and effort, you can transform your cluttered, dysfunctional garage into a functional, attractive space that meets your needs. 

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