By its very nature, the garage is a no man's (or no woman's) land. It isn't exactly part of the house, but it's not outdoors, either.
As a result, this transitional area can become junky in a heartbeat.
see it only as we cruise through on the way from the car, usually
shedding backpacks, shoes and umbrellas in our wake.
Oh, no problem, we think, we'll pick them up later.
Below are ideas for getting this multifunction room clean and organized, as well as tips for cleaning its floors and surfaces, both with and without kids.
Organizing The Entryway Set up systems to safely store items we bring
in each day.
Garage Chores by Age This chores-by-age guide can help you know what to expect from a child given his or her age.
Garage Organizing Tips By adding a few containers and making room in advance for the items you'll place here, you can easily keep it from ever becoming grungy again.
10 Rules for a Family Road Trip
Before the pedal hits the metal - or the road - lay a foundation for a
smooth ride by putting these 10 rules for a family road trip into place.
Dashboard Dining: Yes or No? To eat or not to eat on the road? The pros and cons of dashboard dining.
On the Road Pet Survival Kit Got Fluffy ready to roll? You might want to make sure she'll enjoy the ride to your destination by packing the following items as a pet road survival kit.
Car Chores for Kids If they're getting driven around in the car, it only makes sense that they help clean it, too. This guide to age-appropriate car chores will get you started up easily with reasonable chores given your child's age.
10 Steps to a Cleaner Ride A clean family car? While it might sound like an oxymoron, it doesn't have to be. Here are 10 simple steps you can take toward enjoying a cleaner ride ahead.
8 Family Car Commandments Keep the family peace - and the driver's sanity - intact by laying a few ground rules to ensure it's always a smooth ride ahead.
Creating Storage Space This is a great place to store stuff - if you parcel things out properly to make the most of this basic room. A simple guide to getting started.
8 Carpool Rules For Kids A carpool can be a great way to save time and lessen your carbon footprint. It can also be maddening if the arrangement doesn't have a few basic ground rules. These rules of the road can help.
Family Car Games A long ride can be taxing for everyone. Three family games to help pass the time enjoyably.
Why You Need a Car First Aid Kit We know the old adage "safety first". Since we spend some much time on the road, a car is another place it's essential to be prepared for anything.
Carpool Survival Tips: 10 Rules for Drivers Gearing up for carpool - a few tips to help the driver keep her sanity and her sense of humor.
About the Author
Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.