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The garage is one of the most unorganized and neglected parts of every house. It’s the one part of the house that we often ignore and tend to let go. From randomly stacked shelves to dozens of junk drawers, our garage looks like a dump if not organized.
When your garage looks like a dump, organizing it is definitely a dreaded task. However, it is essential to organize your garage if you want a clean space where you can find everything easily. Fortunately, there are many clever and easy tips, that will help you to easily keep your garage clean and organized.
We’ve rounded up a collection of easy, cheap and effective garage organization ideas that will help you to get that garage in good order quickly. After all, garage organization should not be difficult or expensive.
From using hangers to adding a splash of color to brighten up your dull garage, we got the tips that will make organizing your garage fun. These tips will make your garage so organized that you won’t stop bragging about it when finished.
18 Genius Garage Organization Ideas
1. Install Cabinets
Cabinets are a great way to organize things in your garage apart from adding storage. Plus, they are really not that difficult to install yourself as you just have to purchase readymade cabinets and hang them on the walls(not to say that you will also save money by doing so). In fact, you may not need anything apart from cabinets as you can store almost everything in them making your garage look clean and organized. Or if you want to go for a complete DIY solution (including building the cabinets), Familyhandyman has a perfect guide on Installing Large Garage Cabinets.
2. Magnetic Tool Holder
Ever had trouble finding the right tool in time while digging through all those tools in the drawer? Well, here is a solution to eliminate digging through the drawer and save time and headache. Use a magnetic tool bar to keep all your tools (drill bits, screwdrivers, wrenches,etc.) at an arm’s reach. It’s the same as the magnetic knife holder you use to keep knives organized in kitchen. No more digging through a drawer to find what you need!
3. Make Use of Small Spaces
Have loads of stuff which you want to put away and make the garage look clean? It’s possible. The key is to use even the smallest space possible to put things away. Utilizing as much space as you can, will really help you to get organized. e.g if you have a narrow space beside the garage door, put a small cabinet or metal shelves? Fitting a rolling cart under the workbench will help in keeping things organized and handy when you need them and out of sight when you don’t.
Organize your brooms, mops or garden supplies using an inexpensive wall organizer. This 5-Position Wall Organizer is perfect and inexpensive to get the job done. All you need to do is to just attach it to the wall and slide items in by their handles. A perfect way to keep brooms and other cleaning tools off the floor along without sacrificing the ease of access.
5. Get A Tool Tower
Don’t want to ruin your wall by drilling holes, then this free-standing storage unit is a perfect solution to organize your mops, brooms or garden supplies. It keeps all of them upright and out of the way.
6. DIY Screwdriver Rack
A brilliant idea to organize screwdriver for easy access. After all, it’s always better to have fast access to the exact size of the screwdriver you need, and this easy and cheap project will help you do just that. You don’t even need fresh wood and can use pieces of scrap wood to accomplish this DIY project! All you need to do is to drill a few holes and cut brackets for mounting. Done! Fresh Crush has detailed instructions on how to go with this.
7. DIY Jumbo Tape Dispenser
A brilliant idea for organizing and using duct tape especially if you have different colored tapes of different types. Instead of keeping the rolls buried in the junk drawers, make this duct tape dispenser and mount them to the wall. The best thing is it serves a dual purpose as it not only organize your tapes but also cuts perfect length every time.
With some basic woodworking skills and tools, you can easily make this Jumbo tape dispenser, especially for the garage or workshop!
8. Create a Complete Pegboard System
Pegboards are the easiest and most efficient way to organize things in your garage. All you need to do is to just hang the board on the wall with all the hardware that comes with it and you can easily store just about anything. Pegboards are sort of perfect organization system. Some pegboard systems even include hooks and small bins to keep you completely organized from start to finish. (Via: Amazon.com – WallPeg Garage Pegboard Kit with Pegboard Accessories AM 24242BK)
9. Build a Mud Room
If you don’t have the space for a mudroom, you can dedicate a small space in the garage to set one up. In fact, Garage is a perfect place to set a mud room. A few locker cabinets and canvas totes next to the entryway give you perfect place to hang jackets, backpacks and also keep muddy shoes from entering your home.
10. FastTrack Organization System
There are many companies that make wall hanging systems to organize your tools, garden supplies, etc. And Garage is a perfect place to use these hanging systems and keep these tools and other items in garage organized. Installing them is not a rocket science, all you need to do is to just mount the system and use hooks to hang things up.
Using these wall hanging systems is a brilliant and inexpensive way to keep your garage well organized without using the floor space in the garage.
11. Out-Of-The-Way Ladder Storage
Most of us don’t use the ladder on a daily basis, so it utilizes unnecessary floor space in the garage. But, you can free up that space by resting your ladder on the ceiling. All you need to do is to build two identical ceiling brackets and rest your ladder on that and keep it out of your way and free up the floor space for other use. You can check out the detailed instructions for this project here.
12. Screw organization
Want to keep nails, screws and other small items organized? Then start saving those empty jars as you can use them to keep small items organized. All you need is to take empty jars and screw their lids to the bottom of the shelves. This ensures that all the small items are in one place and within reach.
13. Utilize Corners
The one thing most people don’t take into use while organizing is ‘corners’. That’s right, you can use corners to add few more shelves in the garage. The plus side of utilizing corners for shelving is that you can take advantage of existing studs(if any), and you can even use scrap plywood to make them. So adding these shelves become fast, easy and cheap! These small corner shelves are perfect for keeping small items such as oils, waxes, glues, etc. handy. Check out the instructions here.
14. Recycling bin rack
Ah! Recycle bins- they take up a lot of floor space which otherwise could be used for many other things. So, what you can do to get them out of the way? Take them off the floor and mount them on the wall on top of each other. This will save a lot of floor space and it costs almost nothing as you can use scrap wood to do this project. Here are easy step by step instructions to make this system for your garage.
15. Choose a Corner for Organization
Do you know you can completely organize your entire garage using just one single corner? That’s right, all you need to do is utilize the corner properly by using all the space including wall space. You can utilize floor space by adding a workbench, roller shelves, etc. Utilizing wall space is also important, you can do that using pegboards or wall hanging systems. Done! Now you have a perfectly organized garage using just a single corner where you can find everything quickly and easily.
16. Add Inexpensive Storage Baskets
Dollar store has some amazing products when it comes to organization. And in case of garage organization, you can use those cheap metal storage baskets. All you need to do is to add a label on them and then mount them to the wall. Now you have ample storage to add all the things from the garage and keep it organized.
17. Repurposed Paper Towel Holder
A simple yet clever idea for your garbage bags in the garage is to use a sturdy kitchen paper towel holder (like this one shown in the picture). Since garbage bags are typically a lot heavier than paper towels, make sure the towel holder is secured well to the wall.
18. Overhead Garage Rack
Utilizing ceiling space is a great way to organize your garage and you can easily use the ceiling space using this overhead rack from Amazon. The best thing about this overhead rack is that you don’t need to do a separate installation of wire and frame making it quite easy to install. It’s extremely useful especially for those with small garage as it frees up the valuable floor space by utilizing ceiling space and will help you stay happily organized.
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