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 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. We don't really put things away in the garage.
Several things are going on here. First, because no one really hangs out in the garage, it's last on our list of priorities for keeping it tidy and clean.
Second, all sorts of different activities go on here. The garage is used for an entryway, for storage for everything from kids' large toys to sports equipment to gardening tools, for working out, for recycling... and the list goes on.
How much can one room do? (Oh, yeah, and we'd like to park the car there, too - if there's any room left over. There's nothing like leaving your second-biggest investment out to rust in the driveway!)
The good news is that the garage can meet most of your needs. But that's if - and only if - you and the family organize it correctly. And once it's organized, everyone who sets foot in no-woman's-land should maintain that system.