Garage clutter leaves cars parked outside
November 17, 2022 | 11:19 am CST
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The top items stored in the garage, according to the survey, are tools.

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TOWNSON, Md. – Over a third of American garages (36%) are so cluttered that homeowners can no longer park their cars inside, according to a recent survey from Stanley Black & Decker’s Craftsman Take Back Your Garage Survey.

"There are over 82 million garages in the U.S., and according to the Craftsman survey, more than 60% of Americans with garages feel their garage is the untidiest area in their house," said Tabata Gomez, Chief Marketing Officer of Tools and Outdoor for Stanley Black & Decker. "Whether they want to use their garage for storage, as a workshop or a hang-out space, Craftsman’s innovative line-up of product solutions can help Americans take back their garage and create a functional space that brings pride and productivity to their homes."

The survey found that 52% of respondents are unsatisfied with how their garages are organized. Top items stored in the garage, according to the survey, are tools - power tools and hand tools (80%) and outdoor tools and equipment (76%). Approximately 67% of adults with garages say they have so many tools, that keeping them organized is a must, and 52% prefer that their tools and storage systems match in their garages.

Modern garage spaces are also serving as extensions of the home with modern functions such as living areas, home gyms and workspaces. The Craftsman Take Back Your Garage Survey found that 53% of U.S. adults use their garage or workspaces in their home for DIY projects, with millennials being the most frequent at-home DIYers at 62%, followed by Gen X at 56% and Gen Z at 54%. In keeping with these DIY tendencies, 31% of adults with garages report they store arts and crafts materials in their space.

In regard to specific tasks, the most common activities in the garage were automotive maintenance and home renovation projects (each 46%), woodworking (41%), leisure activities like socializing and hosting parties (33%), and furniture restoration or redesign (26%).

Additional findings include:
•    36% of Americans surveyed say their garage is so cluttered, they can no longer park vehicles inside
•    Over 3 in 5 (62%) U.S. adults surveyed feel their garage is the most cluttered space in their home
•    More than half of U.S. adults (53%) surveyed use their garage or at-home workshop for DIY projects
•    90% of Americans surveyed believe that a well-organized garage can make a small garage appear larger; yet more than half (52%) of Americans with garages are unsatisfied with how their garage is organized

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Michaelle Bradford, CCI Media, is Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine and Woodworking Network editor. She has more than 20 years of experience covering the woodworking and design industry, including visits to custom cabinet shops, closet firms and design studios throughout North America. As Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine under the Woodworking Network brand, Michaelle’s responsibilities include writing, editing, and coordinating editorial content as well as managing annual design competitions like the Top Shelf Design Awards. She is also a contributor to FDMC and other Woodworking Network online and print media owned by CCI Media.