10 low-cost home improvements

Organize your garage

Getting rid of all the clutter will make tools and paint cans easier to find. And who knows, maybe your car and all the kids' bikes can finally fit inside with room to spare. The cost depends on what you're adding. Cabinets? Free-standing shelves? Plastic bins? Customized system? For a list of options, go to doityourself.com.

While you've got all your stuff out on the lawn, consider coating that concrete floor with epoxy to protect it from wear and tear. It's easy to clean, too, like wiping a stain off a kitchen counter, according to This Old House, which estimates a cost of about $120 to $160 per bay. You'll also be less likely to trash the space if it looks like an actual room.