Most garages I’ve known in my life have been modified messy storage units devoid of specific purpose or organization. I’ve seen so many garages that are neither used for cars nor for anything other that a place to put those forgotten or discarded objects that have no home. At the same time, I know so many people who verbalize how much they wish they had a workspace. Or they want a place to set up an office or to indulge their creative sides. For my money, there’s nothing better for that carless garage than to set it up as a workspace.
This is surprisingly not as easy as it sounds, but it is cathartic because the first step is to finally go through all that junk in the garage and make some decisions. What are you going to keep and what are you going to give away? I’m of the philosophy that if something has been in “storage” long enough, you don’t really need it. However, I realize that most people are a bit more sentimental than I, so go ahead and save what you really really need. The fact of the matter though, is if it’s been in the garage collecting dust, you probably don’t need it at all.
Once you’re done cleaning out the baggage that has been weighing down your garage and have had your sentimental goodbyes to all those items that you’d like to think you need, it’s time to start designing your workspace. This is going to be very different for different people. For example, my workspace is a recording studio, while yours could be a toolshed or a place to paint. Either way, you’re going to need organize your power, your storage and your supplies. To brainstorm on the best way to maximize your space and realize what you’ll need to get there, go online to either crimping tools or thediyoutlet.com to get some great ideas on efficiency and materials.
For my recording studio, I set up a number of shelves for organizing all of my cords. I drilled classy hooks into the wall to hang my guitars and for good measure and sound quality, I added a large, wooden desk that’s perfect for bouncing sound waves and maximizing acoustics. However, I’ve often thought about turning half of the garage into a workspace and place to organize my tools. As a lifelong do it myselfer, I’ve amassed quite a collection of power tools and gadgets over the years, and getting everything set up in an easy to find and manageable set up is important. Whatever your hobby or craft, there is a way to set up your garage workspace for maximum efficiency and inspiration. Making this transformation elegantly symbolizes your shedding some of the extraneous past and moving on to a promising future.