When it comes to home renovation, we always talk about spaces like bathrooms, kitchens, even backyards. These spaces are, after all, areas where we stay, spend time, and go about our daily activities. Why would we renovate closets or attics when they’re really just spaces to store things?
But the thing is, these hidden spaces are underutilized. Sure, they function as valuable storage for all that stuff–things that we’ve accumulated through the years and no longer use but have never really had the time to sort through. But if you subscribe to Konmari or any other minimalism principles, you should already know by now that you shouldn’t be hoarding all that stuff anyway.
Once you clear out this space, leaving only the essentials, you’ll find more room for new, more productive, and enriching activities. One such space that could use this makeover is your garage.
The garage is primarily a space for parking your car, but let’s be honest, it’s more than that. It’s a tool shed, a stockroom, and a family warehouse all in one. Once you clear it out, though, you might discover a new activity or endeavor that your garage can host.
The garage sale has been a part of suburban life for as long as we can remember. It’s also the first step that you can take in the transformation of your garage.
A garage sale is an economical way to get rid of possessions that you no longer want or need. You won’t need to rent out another space because the garage itself will already serve that purpose. And because it’s right at your home, you already have the captured market of your neighborhood.
It’s also a great way to prevent generating more waste. Instead of dumping these items into some empty lot or trash bin, your objects can find new owners who will either reuse or repurpose them.
Selling your old stuff can also help others find things that they may need, like clothes, toys, or equipment, that they would otherwise not be able to find or afford. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.
Another classic garage activity is forming a garage band. Not everyone is musically inclined, but this doesn’t mean that not everyone can try musical pursuits in their garage.
Starting your band in your garage has its advantages. Because it’s outside the house, you’re not likely to bother people at home with your less-than-polished “noise.” Opening your garage door, meanwhile, gives you the chance to test your music with the public.
You could even take this to the next level and turn the space into a recording studio. Not only will the garage be a witness to your jamming sessions and mini concerts, but it can also be a place where you can record and mix the music you release.
You could also open your garage doors to a different opportunity, like a business. Apple, for one, started in a garage, so nothing should stop you from planting the foundations of your enterprise in your own garage.
There are all sorts of businesses that you can set up in this space. It could simply be the headquarters of your online business, where you and your partners meet and store inventory.
You could also convert the space itself and turn it into your business establishment. You could turn your garage into a cafe, bookshop, or small store where people can walk in to purchase your goods. Just make sure that you’re not going to be violating any zonal regulations.
Garage Guest Room
We’re not talking about that room above the Cunningham garage where The Fonz lived in Happy Days. We’re talking about a nice, cozy, and even luxurious bed space that would be fit to welcome even the most scrutinizing guest.
If you’re looking to do a more permanent conversion, turning your garage into a guest room may be a good option. There are so many videos and ideas out there that you can take as inspiration, and if you’re worried about the cost, think of it as an investment. You could rent the space out on Airbnb for extra income later on.
All these ideas, of course, presuppose that you have no car to park in your garage. If that is indeed the case for you, allow yourself to be inspired by these ideas to jumpstart your next home reno project. So get that space cleaned up, get those garage doors repaired, and give your garage space a new lease on life.