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.
We see it only as we cruise through on the way from the car, usually shedding backpacks, shoes and umbrellas in our wake.
At least once a year, set aside a Saturday to clean the garage.
Actually, you should do it twice a year: when you get out the summer stuff, and again when you get out the winter stuff.
Here's a guide to which chores kids can do here.
Once a child reaches a certain skill or age level, he can generally do the chores for his age group and those for the age groups below.
Get the full list of age appropriate chores for kids here.
Not everything can be safely stored in the garage.
Some things things need to be accessible at all times; other things we see only every 10 years when we move, but want to keep them anyway. That's why it's important to have storage systems that work.
But there are certain things that don't belong here, no matter what. It's a health and safety thing.
Read about the big 3 storage no-nos here.
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.