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A garage can be a simple storage space where you can move all of the stuff that bores you to make room in the house for new stuff that will one day become boring as well. Or, it can be a true marvel of functionality and aesthetic appeal. A garage has the potential to become so much more than just your temporary garbage bin.

No matter if you’re building a man cave, a pool house, or a true DIY workshop, you need to optimize the available space and organize the interior of your garage for maximum fun and productivity. Here are the six steps to true garage bliss.

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Eliminate the clutter

Remember that part in the intro, that your garage can be much more than a simple storage unit? If you allow physical clutter to accumulate over time, you will inevitably turn your garage into a boring storage space that can’t reach its true potential.

So the first thing you need to do is to declutter thoroughly, and declutter regularly as well. Essentially, everything you didn’t use in the past six months has to go. Old clothes, books, appliances, and tech – you might not need it anymore, but someone else does. Plus, you will free up some much-needed space to allow your garage dreams to come true.

Give it a purpose

What is the intended purpose of your garage? Is it a warm and rugged man cave? Is it a workshop? Is it a play den for kids? Your garage needs to serve a purpose, otherwise everyone will use it for whatever they want and nobody will enjoy it.

But that doesn’t mean that a garage can’t serve a multitude of purposes, just make sure to enforce the necessary safety measures first. After all, it’s not a very good idea to have your power saw and your kids’ play area both in the same room.

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Use vertical space to your advantage

When it comes to storage space, there can never be too much of it. Given that your garage is most likely nothing like the Taj Mahal, you’ll want to use every square foot to expand your storage scheme. So rather than tripping over boxes and crates, think vertically.

You want to use as much vertical and ceiling space as possible, especially if you plan to park your car in the garage itself. Heavy-duty hooks, sturdy pockets and bags, and holders are your essential elements that will help you clear the clutter off the floors and free up some space.

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Mind the floor

No matter the purpose of your garage, flooring is of the utmost importance. Naturally, you want your floor design to match the rest of the setting, so opt for wooden floors and comfy rugs if you’re building another living area, and stone floors if you’re creating a workshop.

Depending on the garage flooring option, it’s always advisable to use natural rubber matting with anti-slip properties as a temporary ground cover. This will particularly come in handy when handling heavy materials, and working around the garage. Remember, safety first.

Group and organize

Expanding your storage space vertically is all fine and dandy, but it won’t save you from losing your mind in the mess and clutter, not being able to find what you’re looking for in a sea of tools and equipment. So you need a system.

Be sure to group similar materials, tools, and necessities close to each other, so that you’re not looking for a screwdriver on one end of your workbench, and the screw on the other. Chances are, you’re going to need those two at the same time.

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Label everything

Finally, you want to label everything. Yes, every box, every shelf, every drawer, every nook and cranny. Don’t rely on your ability to remember where things go or where they are, because you will forget, and you will lose precious time. Not to mention that you’re bound to make a mistake this way, and then before you know it, your lawnmower is barking back at the dog.

So take the time to divide your garage into zones, and then label every storage unit, no matter how big or small. And label their insides too. You’ll thank yourself later.

It’s not easy organizing a hectic environment such as a garage, especially in a world driven by consumerism. Luckily, you only need to implement these six essential tips and you’ll have yourself a functional and beautiful garage in no time.