If you feel like your house is overflowing, then it can feel like you are surrounded by chaos. No matter how many clever ‘storage solutions’ you come up with, there just doesn’t seem to be the room to do what you need to do.
It’s tempting at that point to throw your hands in the air and say you need a bigger house. However, even if you were to move, the chances are the same way of managing the house would mean you’d just accumulate more stuff – before you know it, you’d need a house the size of Buckingham Palace to be able to cope with everything.
So rather than moving, why not look at your existing space and see if you can make it work better for you? The most obvious area is the space that most of us relegate to the status of a junk room; the garage. Turning it into a livable space that you can actually use doesn’t have to be difficult; you just need to know where to start.
Step One: Clear It
The first step is going to be a massive decluttering job, removing all the items that you have been storing in there. We all do it; rather than processing items, we just throw them in the garage to be dealt with at a later date.
Well, now is that later date! Go through and see what items you want to keep, what you might be able to recycle, what means you’re going to have to source dirt cheap rubbish removal, and what you might want to incorporate into the room you are creating. Going through all of the junk will give you a good idea of how much space you really have.
Step Two: Heating
If you want to use the garage as a living space – like a living room, or a games room – then it’s probably going to need to have the heating improved. Have a look at insulation options which can help keep costs down, or even space heaters if you don’t plan to use it too frequently.
Step Three: Flooring
The concrete floor that features with most garages is going to have to go. The best option is an inexpensive carpet, preferably one that doesn’t require underlay. You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a usable floor that’s going to feel better underfoot than concrete.
Step Four: Furniture
Depending on what you want to use the room for, by this point you need to start thinking about furniture. Remember to incorporate some storage into the room to cope with the items that previously lived in the garage. If you want things to look as good as possible, go for closed storage (such as cupboards and sideboards) rather than open shelves.
Step Five: Decoration
Again, you don’t need to spend a fortune here – a quick patch-up of any defects in the wall and a lick of paint, and you’ll be surprised how much better things begin to look. Before you know it, this once-neglected space is a new hub of your home.