Has your garage turned into a dumping ground? If you can’t find anything you are looking for and your car won’t even fit in the garage, it’s time to take action. Begin by sorting things to keep and things to toss. Sort what’s left into like groups: gardening tools, sporting goods, etc. Then use these eight DIY storage ideas to organize your garage. You’ll be surprised at how much storage space you can create.
1. Wall Studs
Take another look at the exposed studs you thought you hated. Narrow slats can be nailed between them to create a place to store racks, shovels, fishing poles, baseball bats, etc. Any items leaning against the garage wall can be stored in a more orderly fashion this way.
2. File Cabinet Organizer
Turn an old file cabinet into a storage bin for gardening tools. Remove the drawers and flip it over. Add casters to the bottom and then you’ll be able to roll it in and out of the garage for gardening.
3. Add Shelves
Most two-car garages have the upper part of three walls ready to turn into storage. By adding shelves, you can create a continuous and very accessible storage platform on all three walls. This will work on both finished and studded walls. Purchase clear storage containers and store seasonal items like holiday decorations on these shelves.
4. Organize Your Garage With Hanging Shoe Racks
Hanging shoe racks are a really simple way to organize your garage. Purchase one or a few and hang them on the garage wall. The pockets can be used to store a multitude of items from cans of spray paint to small tools.
5. Make Use of Overhead Space
Most people store their bikes in the garage, but bikes can take up a lot of space, especially if you have more than one. Better organize your garage by hanging them by both wheels on bicycle storage hooks mounted to the ceiling. If the bikes are too heavy to lift, purchase an inexpensive pulley system. Ladders can also be stored from the garage ceiling.
6. Bungee Cord Ball Storage
Do you have basketballs and soccer balls rolling around on the garage floor? Organize your garage by building a simple ball cage. Using six two-inch plywood slats, nail three plywood slats together for the top and three for the bottom. Attach a few bungee cords between them to hold the balls.
7. Wooden Pallets
If you can find a few wooden pallets, they are inexpensive and great for helping organize your garage in creative ways. Attach them to the garage wall to store long gardening tools, golf clubs, and more. You can also attach hooks to the outside for hanging items.
8. Storing Leftover Paint
Organize your garage with this idea to free up the space that half-empty paint cans take up. Pour leftover paint into clear jars just large enough to hold the paint and label them. You’ll be able to see the colors you are looking for easily, and the jars will be airtight.