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.
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.