Living in Southern California, we use our garage as an extension to our home. I have created a simple mudroom by adding plywood to the wall and trimming it out. I also created a space where we can do crafts without taking up space inside the house. I also love organizing things you want to keep (like holiday or keepsakes) in containers. I find the key is to have matching containers. I also like to hang what I can on the walls and use that space for storage! The more you get off the floor . . . the better the THE garage mess looks!