Storage Ideas

How to Organize Your Garage

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Take charge of your garage with organization. Add garage shelving, wall cabinets, overhead storage, and pegboards, then make the most of narrow, unused spaces and you're on your way to a garage that has room for everything—including the car.

Simple Garage Storage Ideas + Techniques

Sort Your Stuff

Before devising the ultimate organization system, get a sense of your inventory. Set sports gear in one area, hand tools in another, garden supplies in yet another area. Designate separate areas for specific types of items.

Keep the lawn mower and garden tools easily accessible. Tuck the holiday decorations away as you’ll need them less frequently. As you're looking through everything, take advantage of the opportunity to reduce clutter. Donate or discard any items you no longer use or need. Lightening your load is half the storage battle.

Crafty Garage Cabinets

Storage cabinets provide space for stashing small items out of the way and add a clean, organized look to your space. There are plenty of options when it comes to garage cabinets. You can repurpose old kitchen cabinets or invest in a full slat-style wall system that allows you to customize the unit with special hardware.

Open-shelf cabinets offer speedy access to items you use frequently. As an upcycle project, use old wooden crates as cabinet-style shelving for a rustic look.

Your garage may benefit from a workbench, too. Start with one or more large kitchen base cabinets or even a bathroom vanity. Top them with plywood, lumber boards, or a salvaged countertop to create a custom work surface with storage underneath.

Put It on a Pegboard

Pegboards are a classic system for controlling clutter in the garage. They provide space to hang hand tools and other odds and ends that would otherwise take up valuable drawer or counter space.

Hang pegboard panels directly over exposed wall studs using a cordless drill/driver. If drywall is already installed, build a shallow wood frame to back the pegboard before hanging the panel. This creates space for the hooks between the pegboard and the wall behind it. Hang a pegboard next to a wall-mounted cabinet or your workbench for a handy place to keep screwdrivers, hammers, and scissors.

Think Vertically with Wire Racks

A wire rack system, a garage version of a closet organizing unit, is a completely customizable storage solution. Some systems include tracks and clips for lawn + garden tools. Use wire storage bins and shelves for everything else. Install a wire rack system by mounting the horizontal tracks and vertical standards to wall studs.

Up + Away with Hanging Storage

Look to the ceiling for unclaimed hanging storage space. Prevent bicycles from crowding the floor with an inexpensive hoist or pulley system that mounts to a ceiling joist. You can also simply install C-style bicycle hooks.

Add ceiling-mounted wire racks in a central location or install them around the perimeter of the ceiling. Overhead storage is great for occasionally used seasonal items, like tents, tarps, and coolers. Lightweight rack systems attach easily to many ceiling joists, or you can opt for more elaborate versions to hold large, heavy objects. For ladders, install large hooks or a ladder pulley system to keep them safely out of your way until you need them.

Make sure overhead storage doesn't interfere with the garage door or block the path of your car, and make sure stored items are above head level or out of traffic areas.