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. Even when someone does take responsibility for the garage, it is often out of sight, out of mind.
We 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. But we rarely make time to do that.
Several things are going on here. First, because no one hangs out in the garage, it's last on our list of priorities. Second, all sorts of different activities going on here. The garage is used as an entryway, for storage, for working out, for recycling... How much can one room do?
Quite a bit, actually, if one takes the time to clean and organize it. Here's how: