2020 is the year I take back my garage.
I don’t think it’s ever had a [ running ] car parked inside of it for more than a couple days in the 10+ years I’ve lived here. And, since the garage is MY space to do with as I please—and has been, more often than not, a source of frustration and shame—I have decided to make getting it organized a priority in 2020.
The goal is turning my garage into a place where things get done, be they higher quality podcast episodes (with guests), recording videos of things being worked on at my work bench—including having a vehicle parked in the garage with the door closed—and just making this a space that feels more usable and efficient.
As you can see, it’s already started relaxing again. This view from where I record podcasts.
I flipped this image from the Garage Storage Zones article I found to better match my space.
Those zones are as follows:
- Welcome Home/Transition
- Bulky Storage/Recycling
- Thin & Thoughtful (near car doors)
- Large/Bulky & Infrequently Used
- Frequently Used Outdoors by the Door
With that in mind, here’s the sketch I’ve worked up.
I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this yet. I’m more than likely going to build some robust, wooden shelving for the left side so I can get away from stacking totes and stuff over there, but I’m not sure if they’re going to run as far as they look in the sketch.
I’ll take some better pictures tonight, but notice the washer, dryer, and water heater on the left. There are two of those larger, hang-from-the-rafters shelves on either side of the garage door opener in a straight line out from the washer/dryer. We hang clothes on them to dry, which limits what can go on the floor beneath.
This is where I’m starting with this project.
Not seen is the sheet rock wall behind my work bench area. Much as I love my giant, Mitsubishi Wake Up And Drive banner, it’s a tremendous waste of space and will have to go somewhere so I can hang more shelving.