Monday, November 16, 2015

28 Brilliant Garage Organization Ideas

It’s the one part of the house that my family tends to let go. We toss our dirty shoes in there, pile our yard tools on top of each other, randomly stack shelves with odds and ends, and have about a dozen junk drawers. And, if you’re anything like me, you don’t want to go in there! It really is hard to get motivated when you’re garage looks like a dump. The last thing I want to do is spent 20 minutes looking for the rake. Fortunately, with a few simple storage ideas and clever tips, you can keep your garage clean and organized. I’ve rounded up a few cheap, easy and downright brilliant garage organization ideas that will make your visit to the garage not so overwhelming.

1. Magnetic Tool Holder

This reminds me of the magnetic knife holder used in kitchens; why not use one in the garage?! Instead of digging through a drawer, keep all of those tools at an arms reach.

2. Create Recycle Bin Hangers

With just a few pieces of scrap wood you can keep your recycle bins from taking up valuable floor space. This also makes each one easy to access, as opposed to having them stacked on top of each other.

3. Repurposed Paper Towel Holder

This is one of those clever “Why didn’t I think of that?” ideas. So simple, too! Use a kitchen paper towel holder for your garbage bags in the garage.

4. Tin Can Wall Storage

Use recycled cans to store small items. Cassie drilled a hole in hers (and decorated it with a little bit of washi tape) to easily hang with a hook on her peg board.

5. Easy Chair Storage

Make brackets out of scrap wood to hang your lawn chairs on and keep them out of the way.

6. Screw Organizing

Start saving those jars! You can screw the lids to the bottom of a shelf in your garage, and then use them to store nails, screws, bolts and other small parts. This ensures that your jars are always in their place, and not taking up counter space.

7. Bungee Cord Ball Storage

Use bungee cords to easily store sports balls, and nail slats to the studs in your wall to create pockets for storing other sports equipment.

8. DIY Jumbo Tape Dispenser

If there is anything that I have a hard time finding, it’s tape. The roll that I need is usually buried in one of my many junk drawers. If you’ve got some basic woodworking skills and tools, you might like this DIY jumbo tape dispenser, especially for the garage or shop!

9. Lattice Rack

Use plastic lattice to store those leftover pieces of pipe and trim.

10. Bike Shelf

Not just nice looking with a place to also store your helmet, but it also keeps that bike out of the way and easy to maneuver on and off the shelf.

11. DIY Hanging Bike Rack

If you have a large family with a set of many bikes, hanging them might be a better solution.

12. DIY Screwdriver Rack

Although this was intended to be a modern looking coat rack, it’s obviously also a great storage solution for screw drivers. Drill holes in a piece of wood (an oak table let was used here) and secure it to the wall with L-Brackets.

13. Peg Board Slides

Running out of wall space? Use peg board slides to store your tools vertically under the counter.

14. PVC Organizers

Keep those yard tools organized and out of the way with PVC pipes!

15. Upright Tool Storage

Connect large pieces of PVC pipe with screws and use it to hold all of those bulky yard tools.

16. Sliding Lock Wheelbarrow Storage

Use sliding locks to keep your wheelbarrow standing up against the wall and out of the way.

17. Paint Swatch Hook

Label your paint swatches for every room in the house and keep them together on a key ring hung on a hook for quick reference.

18. Sliding Storage System

Make the most out of your garage space with an overhead storage system made out of standard materials. This would be perfect for Holiday items that are only pulled out once a year!

19. Wire Basket Storage

Basket storage makes it easy to see the supplies that you have on hand. Stack them and hang them on the wall to get the most use out of your space.

20. Separate Garden Station

It makes sense to have separate zones in the garage, but I especially like this idea for the garden. Mostly because I’m the only one working in the garden (most of the time), while the power tools are my husbands department. It would be nice to have your own organized space!

21. Storage Corral

Use scrap wood to create an upright storage corral, and create separate compartments with plywood slats. This takes up a lot less space than having all of those tools and sports equipment hung on the wall.

22. DIY Wooden Shovel Rack

Up, up and out of the way! A wooden shovel rack is strong and sturdy for those heavier yard tools.

23. Repurposed Hanging Shoe Rack

I use to have one of these attached to the back of my closet door for storing shoes, but the little compartments are so perfect for the garage! You could use it to store your garden/dirty shoes, cords, and other miscellaneous items that tend to get lost in the clutter.

24. Metal Planter Storage

These metal planters are perfect for hanging and storing cleaning supplies. You could also use them on shelves as easy pull-outs. Things don’t always have to be used for their intended purpose!

25. Out-Of-The-Way Ladder Storage

Unless you use your ladder on a daily basis, you can build two identical ceiling brackets to rest your ladder on and keep it out of your way until needed.

26. Repurposed Kitchen Jars

Just another example of a kitchen item that can also be utilized in the garage. I use these in the kitchen to store nuts and coffee, but they’re ideal for any small items.

27. Plastic Tube Cord Storage

Cords are the biggest hassle to keep organized and untangled! Hang cords and hoses on plastic pipes to keep them tangle free easy to access.

28. Space Savers

There are so many clever storage items and space savers these days, it’s worth investing in a few that will help you stay happily organized.

1 comment:

  1. Storage is basically about being neat and tidy at all times in order to maintain an organized system. I really like your ideas such as the peg board slide and PVC organizers. I did not know that PVC could be of so much help in providing alternative uses for storage apart from its main piping capability.