If the rest of your home is sparkling clean, why not spruce up your garage so it's a place you can be proud of? Just because it's a garage doesn't mean it has to be dark, dull, cluttered and leased out to spiders. Next time you're in one of those moods where you feel compelled to clean anything that doesn't move, try these steps to beautify your garage:

  • To start off, have a huge clean up. Get yourself a skip bin if you need to and be absolutely brutal about what you need and what you don't. Paint dries out eventually, so if that paint can has been in the garage for the last few years, chances are that the paint inside it isn't any good any more - so throw it out. If you forgot to clean your paint brushes properly when you last used them, they'll be hard. Once that happens, there is no saving them - throw them out.
  • If you think some things are even remotely useful but you haven't used them yourself in the last year or so, give them to neighbors or to charity, or have a garage sale and keep the cash yourself. Remind adult children to collect any items they've been storing in your garage!
  • Wipe down all the spider webs around the ceiling and corners.
  • Give the floor a good clean once you've got everything out, removing any old
    stains.
  • Painting your garage can make a world of difference. Cream walls and white ceiling are the standard colours that will go with anything - or you can be a little more adventurous and try out a colour on the walls. Pale blue is a soothing colour.
  • Why not organize some floor covering as well? This will depend on how you use your garage. If you will be using it for as a traditional storage area and a place to park your car, then you might go for an epoxy floor covering to protect the floor. If you are using part of it as an office area, you could use floor mats.
  • For the things that you really need to keep, good shelving securely attached to the walls can serve as storage. Hang up whatever you can hang underneath the shelves.
  • There's no rule that says garages can't be decorated. Perhaps a poster or two or a mirror, or things that the children have made.
  • Now that you have a clean, fresh garage why not take this master piece to a level rarely seen in suburbia? If you have an aspiring artist in the family or know someone who can paint well, why not decorate a wall with a full mural. Maybe something that introduces the theme of your garage interior - whether that's a scene of the Bathurst racetrack, a Peter Brock portrait, or something to do with your favorite sporting activity or hobby.

    The possibilities are limited only by your imagination - and how much time you have on your hands!