By its very nature, a garage is a no man's (or in my case, woman's) land. Garages aren't exactly part of the house, but they're 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.
The good news is that the garage can meet most of your needs. But that's if it's organized it correctly. And once organized, everyone who sets foot in no-woman's-land should help maintain that system.