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Creating Santa’s Workshop in your Garage

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Santa’s Workshop – The garage can be one of the most valuable, yet overlooked spaces in a home. Think about it, what do you mostly use your garage for? For many, the garage becomes a storage place, filled with boxes and those things we know we really don’t want, but…we just can’t see ourselves parting with them yet.

So…who says Santa is the only one who can have an amazing workshop? A garage can be more than a space to park the car…it can be anything you set your desire on, including a magical workshop!

To create a workshop that would entice Santa, and one that you can use all year round, first you must clean out the space. The best way to clean out the garage is to take everything out. I know, that can sound daunting. But, if you empty the space, then you’ll have a clean slate to work with. Once everything is removed, create three piles: keep, toss, and recycle/donate/sell.

Keep only the items of value and that you know you’re going to use. If you follow Marie Kondo and the KonMari method, then simply remove everything out of your garage and categorize the items into groups (i.e. clothing, books, papers, misc. items, and sentimental pieces). Given that for many, the garage is filled with tools, recreational items, lawn equipment, holiday décor, and family heirlooms … you’re most likely going to be dealing with misc. and/or sentimental items. Accordingly, group the pieces into separate categories. Next, pick up each item and determine if it sparks joy. If it does, keep it. If not, place it in either the toss OR recycle/donate/sell.

After you empty the garage, but before you place your items back in, clean out the space and create a home for everything – making sure you’re establishing an organized system!

Now, this is where the fun happens – Create your workshop.

When creating a workshop, first determine what you’d like to include in the space. For instance, do you need a space with a work bench where you can make your ideas into a reality and do your repairs? Creating a work bench can be easier and cheaper than you imagine. There are many tutorials online, including this one on Lowes.

For an added touch, incorporate a backsplash or wall backing to your workbench to hang your tools (i.e. your wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, pry bars, etc…).

With the holiday season among us, this can be the perfect time to test out your new work bench to put together the new toys or if you’re brave, build your own toys.

With the holiday season, another popular feature to add to your workshop is a gift wrapping space and/or even an arts and crafts nook.

An arts and craft spot in your garage can be great for you and/or your kids – as can store all your supplies in one place and not worry about making a mess in your home or having to clean up a huge mess after.

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