Anyone else not parking the car in there on purpose?
Surviving sleep deprivation one day at a time with dd (Oct '11) & ds (Oct '08).
I suppose you could say that we're like that. Our house is not large, and the garage has proven to be a valuable storage place for our bikes, lawnmower, tools, planting supplies, ladders, and so on. We have cleaned it out a few times in the year that we've owned the house, but have never quite gotten enough stuff out to be able to park a car in it. I like your idea! I think we should just shift our state of mind to "the car belongs in the driveway" because the garage is a great storage place.
Now with 6 people (and the bikes, strollers, ect...) the other half is pretty much taken with stuff that we are slowing organizing. There is a chance once we are all done a car will fit there - but since I am not the best 'small space' parker and can't pull out for a darn, my guess is that is will still be storage space LOL!
and dd born 11/21/10 - our T21 SuperBaby
the only time we had a car in the garage was in 2005, when we stuffed (literally) one car in there for safe-keeping during the preparation for Hurricane Rita, which never hit us. We couldn't get a car in for Hurricane Ike last September, which DID hit us, so we just prayed that the trees didn't fall on our cars, and they didn't.
I've been working on decluttering our garage for about 2 years now. All I've succeeded in doing is making enough space to empty a storage unit, which I'm GLAD about, but still ... A girl can dream, can't she?
We have a big huge garage, that could hold 2 cars + bikes, etc, easily - but we have too much crap. Maybe by the end of this year? If I could get one car in it, I'd jump for joy, though.
But seriously, I wish we could put our nicer car in there to keep the sap and bird crap off of it and be able to load kids into it without having them in the very public driveway.
I love the idea of using the garage as a gym! There's a very small area thats used for gardening supplies and bikes, but even thats going to get booted to a shed in the yard one day.
Oh, and I should also add that our garage is a double OVERSIZED garage and we don't even park in it lol
My house isn't that large either, though when i declutter it should gain some space. the thing is, we have lots of cats and there is no good place to have all of their litter boxes. So my thought is to put a cat door on the door to the garage and have a place for them. I would like to have one side available for parking for when i am away on vacation. But i live in Georgia and winter isn't THAT bad. Cold for us, but not for most people! Or maybe i could get the car in during the few cold month we have.
I also want to use it for bulk storage, maybe a freezer? So many options, and i feel secure with my car outside. I just don't leave any valuables in there.
thanks for the responses
Luckily we do not live in a snowy climate. Lots of homes here have the garage permanently converted into a room.
BUT its a two car garage an the other half is clutter waiting to move. My goal is to eventually be able to put the car in there at least some of the time.
DP parks his motorcyle in one corner. We use another corner for tool/yard/extra-stuff storage. Most of the space, though, is just "play space". Most of the kids' toys are out there, DP has a dartboard, we have an extra fridge with drinks & a stereo. We love to open the garage doors and hang out there on nice days the way most people probably hang out on their patio.
---Jessica---Livin' my life from A (1/05 ) to Z (4/08 ).....and z (3/11)
During the summer we park in the driveway while the garage is used for boat storage, bikes, stroller, toys, etc. Every fall we reorganize the garage so we can get the cars in.
We do get some serious hail here and try to get the cars into the garage if a bad storm is coming. DH decided that one storm last year wasn't a big deal so he told me "Don't bother". Largest hail I've ever seen in my life! Both of our cars took a beating in that one. Oh well!
We've given up on putting the car in the garage. At one point I worked hard to plan it all out to get everything in & the car but it just wasn't practical. Yeah, in the winter it kind of sucks to have clean the car off & shovel around it but it really makes more sense for us. We don't have a basement so without using the garage for storage stuff (tools, gardening stuff, camping gear, overflow crafting stuff, etc.) we'd be drowning in junk in the house.
Sabrina , mom to 4 fab kids!
No, I waited a very long time to be able to park inside a garage and I will fight tooth and nail to keep it. DH does not always have the space to park on his side, but that's his bag.
"IF YOU ARE NOT OUTRAGED, THEN YOU ARE NOT PAYING ATTENTION."
eta, we don't' live in the north, where parking in the garage in the winter would make a difference.
We put up hooks for all the bikes, the strollers/bike bike trailer goes on one side, we keep the snowblower on the other side, it gets switched out for the lawn mover in the summer. We have shelves up by the ceiling that I store kids clothes in tubs along with our x-mas stuff. We have no attic or basement, only a tiny, tiny little shed built by the garage, it is as wide as our snow blower and not very long so not much gets in there. We stuff all the kids outdoor toys in there in the winter so DH can pull in the garage, the rest of the year, they are where his car would be in the garage.
We are arranging to have a shed that we own at our old house that we have rented out, moved here. I don't want tons of extra space, but we do need a little more storage space. We also have the our trash can inside because of bears and it is really cutting into the little space I have.
Growing up, I recall my mom's garage almost always being unusable so actally parking a vehicle in one seemed kinda foreign . But now, at almost 30, this is the first time we've even had a garage so DH is set on actually parking in it. Luckily he seems to enjoy maintaining and organizing it (like you know, all the toys and other crap I toss out there that I don't want to deal with ).
Mama to one awesome little girl and her adorable baby brother.
I do agree about my car being valuable, but I also feel like having order in my home is valuable too! There's just no GOOD place to have the cat boxes... our laundry room is also a half bath and we can only fit one box in there. But there are 6 cats in the house now! If we had a basement, they would be there.
Keep the ideas coming!
Cloth diapering, Non-Vax, Bedsharing Mama to Maya 3-25-08, Mila 6-28-12 and DP Marc
Not being able to park her car inside was a HUGE issue for my mother. Like clockwork, there was a fall clean out (oh what painful times those were!) when my dad would freak out and start shuffling things.
We do park in the garage. It is one of DH's "things", since we have a garage, cars are to be parked in it. I like it as the garage is his space to clean organized and having the cars inside motivates him to keep it reasonably clutter free.
I don't think there is anything wrong with using a garage for hobbies or other useful purposes.
We keep lawn chairs in there set up too so we can sit and watch the kids play. Our backyard gets so muddy after it rains, plus we find we like the front because we tend to interact with the neighbors more often than if we just play in the backyard.
I've also found that my car tends to get more cluttered when I leave it in the garage because I can always "run right out and get what I need" from it (which doesn't happen, it just gets cluttered). But if I park in the driveway I tend to keep everything in a bag and carry it from the house to the car each time we go somewhere.
This winter we might push everything to the side and park in the garage, at least when it is going to snow, but not sure. It might be nice to have the space for the kids to ride bikes and skate in there.