I've been thinking a a lot about organization lately. I am on a quest to discover the secret to a perfectly organized and efficient life. Not because I am obsessed with having everything in its place all of the time, but rather because I am increasingly frustrated by the way keeping track of, sorting through and taking care of "stuff" is interfering with what I really want to be doing. Just yesterday, I was googling "how to organize your office/ kitchen/ closet/bathroom/wardrobe/office supplies/ drawers" and on and on... You won't believe how many sites are devoted to organizing stuff! I am not alone in my quest. The world-renowned celebrity de-clutterer, Marie Kondo, tells us to get rid of anything that does not "spark joy". Interesting concept. As I contemplate how on earth a toilet plunger can possibly "spark joy" in me, I started considering what rooms or spaces in our homes are wasted and don't spark joy in our lives. For me, the garage is a lot of space to devote to the housing of a lot of stuff that doesn't spark joy. Now, my husband feels a little differently about this space than I do at the moment. But I am wondering if a studio for painting and design for both of us might spark more joy than a place for the golf cart, cars, tools etc... Here is the garage in question:
Here is my fantasy of what that space would look like if we decided that the answer to that question is "yes"!
First, I would remove the existing sheet rock ceiling and open the one car garage to the rafters.
And I would definitely pop in a few skylights to bring in the natural light. Then I would use a steel framed window behind the garage door so that when the door is shut, the garage will look like everyone else's but when its open "voilà! coolness!" I am dying to use windows like these somewhere.
I love these glass and steel garage style doors and they would be stunning. Particularly with the view that I have outside the garage:
I imagine many hours of joy sparked by the new garage studio. What do you think?