You just bought a new car, but you're afraid to store it in your own garage because of all the clutter that has built up over the last few years. But you're not just going to let your new ride brave the elements because you're intimidated by the mess that you currently call a garage. Here are two suggestions to help with your dilemma:
Treat yourself to some new equipment
One of the most important parts of a working garage is having the right tools for the job. You don't need to buy enough equipment to stock a NASCAR pit, but there are a few basics that will go a long way in keeping your car out of the shop.
Start with a lift so you can get under your car to better examine and fix minor problems. You should invest in an air compressor for your garage, too. Not only can you put more air in your tires as needed, but an air compressor can also power many of your tools. It's a good idea to purchase customized garage flooring designed specifically for cars. Tiles that are resistant to grease, dirt and other stains are always a good choice. If you clean your car yourself, get a shop vacuum to remove debris from every nook and cranny. And since you'll be spending more time in the garage with your car, don't hesitate to buy a sound system (stereo, radio, speakers, whatever) so that you can listen to your favorite tracks or tune into the game while you work.
Organize your workspace
All of that new equipment (and the old stuff, too) will do you no good if you can't find it when you need it. The more organized you are, the more efficient you can be as you work on your car. Start by assigning particular spaces in your garage for specific tasks. Then, try to remove as much clutter as you can without piling it into a new "clutter corner." Garage cabinets and garage shelves go a long way in maximizing your space effectively. Make sure the lighting in your garage is sufficient for each task you are trying to accomplish. The more organized you are, the more room you have to play with. Add a little bit of your own flavor to the room. Whether that involves hanging a flag of your favorite car manufacturer or painting the walls a new color, make your garage your own.