Time To Sort Out The Mess – 20 Tips For A Well-Organized Garage


Whether it’s intentional or not, a lot of things end up cluttering the garage over time so having a few tricks up your sleeve and learning a few tips regarding garage organization would definitely come in handy. It’s difficult to keep track of everything you store in there and it’s even more difficult to find the thing you need when there’s no organization, no system to save you time and space. You’re not the only one who has this problem but you can be the first of your friends who finds a solution.

Wall storage.

It’s much better to store things on the walls than to waste floor space. So get all your stuff sorted out and come up with a system that best suits your garage.{found on flickr}.

Tape dispenser.

Everyone has at least two or three types of tape they keep in the garage or workshop and usually they all sit in a drawer and you have to dig for them and then get the scissors to cut a little piece and it’s all a drag. Save time and energy with a tape dispenser like this one.

Recycle your office furniture.

Since the old furniture usually ends up in the garage anyway, you might as well recycle it and make it useful. For example, a file cabinet can become a great storage unit for all sorts of utensils and tools.{found on tttreasure}.

Spice containers.

Things you usually use in the kitchen, like spice containers, can also be useful in the garage. For example, you can organize and store your nails and other small things in containers like these ones. Mount them on the wall so you don’t waste counter space and label them.{found on bhg}.

Go magnetic.

Another very useful item can be a magnetic tool holder. It’s similar to a magnetic knife holder used in the kitchen and it’s easy to install and to use.


Pegboards can be quite useful in home offices but they can be just as practical in the garage. Hang all your tools and utensils on a board, save space and keep them all organized and easy to grab whenever needed.{found on site}.

Bike storage.

One of the most common things you usually find in a garage is a bike and it’s usually just resting against the wall or sits in a corner. But you can be creative and find a much better place for it. Use a bike stand. You can either buy one or make it yourself.{image source 1 and 2}.

Scooter stand.

If you have a scooter or if you bought some for your kids, don’t just throw them in the garage wherever you can find some space. Be smart and save space with a scooter stand which you can easily build yourself.{found on site}.

Wall storage for sports equipment.

Those who enjoy spending time outdoors and have sporty personality will find this idea perfect for their garage. This is a wall storage system for your sports equipment, from bikes to helmets, snowboards and so on.{found on site}.

Ball holder.

Things like basketballs, footballs or baseballs don’t usually have a designated space in the garage. They’re either just put all together in a big box which makes it hard for you to find the ball you need or they’re forgotten in a corner or under the car. Wouldn’t it be much better to have a storage system like this one?{found on designedtodwell}.

Label everything.

If storage buckets or boxes work for you, then don’t forget to label them. This way it’s easier to find the item you need without having to go through all the containers. You can make stencils or chalkboard labels.

Paint spray storage.

Although this may not be something all of you could use, if you regularly use spray paints then you should come up with a storage idea for all the bottles. The gutter works perfectly in this case.{found on flickr}.

Wire shelves and crates.

A great idea for the garage is to have wire shelves and containers. They’re easy to install and use and they may not look very fancy but it’s ok for the garage. Also, the wire crates and containers let you see what’s stored inside.

Use the ceiling.

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If you’re all out of space on the walls, then you still have the ceiling left. You can have suspended storage containers hanging from the ceiling or platforms on which you can store items you rarely use.

Hose storage.

It may not seem like a big deal but having a practical storage system for the hose can be very useful. You can also add a shelf or cubby for the hose nozzles and other gardening tools you usually use.

Screwdriver rack.

How do you store your screwdrivers? Are they all thrown in a box ad you have dig for the one you need? You could use a better system. Try this idea: a screwdriver storage shelf which also doubles as a coat rack. The other rack is practical too as it lets you identify the items at a glance.{found on site}.

Pallet storage.

Take apart a wooden pallet and then reassemble the pieces to make a storage box for all your gardening tools, sports equipment and other things you keep in the garage.

Recycled PVC pipes.

Learn to recycle and re-purpose items and you can make your life a lot easier. For example, cut a PVC pipe in small pieces and use them to make a storage system which will support your gardening tools or other items such as brooms, mops and other things with long and thin handles.{found on prettyhandygirl}.

A garden station.

Keep all your gardening things in one place, preferably close to the garage door so you can easily grab them without making a mess all over the place. Install shelves for cans and other things, hooks for bags and a wall-mounted system for the big tools.{found on maillardvillemanor}.

An organized cabinet.

Sometimes cabinets are the best answer to your storage problems. So maybe you have a cabinet or two you no longer need in the kitchen or, even better, maybe you can make one specifically for the garage and for the things you want to store inside.

Published by in How To, Tips, and Advice, on May 30th, 2014


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