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How to Organize Your Garage: Tips for Decluttering & Storage

Organizing your garage can seem like a daunting task if you’ve let random items pile up over the years. Fortunately, we’ve come up with a list of simple garage organization ideas that will help you make the most of your next home decluttering project!

Clean Out Your Garage Before Organizing

Empty Garage with Plenty of Storage Room. Photo by Instagram user @dylanjones78
Photo via @dylanjones78

No matter how clean you think your garage is, there’s still a chance that many items don’t need to be in your garage. That’s why you should start by cleaning the whole garage out! Be sure to…

  • Take inventory of what you have
  • Throw out any expired, irreparable, or unsafe items
  • Organize items into piles
  • Sweep out any debris and, if possible, wash and reseal your garage floor

Add Pegboards for Better Wall Organization

Pegboard with Saws, Hammers, and Tools in a Garage. Photo by Instagram user @daniraehome
Photo via @daniraehome

Pegboards serve as an easy organization option, and they can be used almost anywhere in your garage. They’re great for hanging tools behind a workbench or adding a coat and bag rack next to your door.

Install Slat Walls for a Fully Customized Garage

Garage with Bikes and Garden Tools Hanging on the Walls. Photo by Instagram user @laddertrap
Photo via @laddertrap

Similar to the simplicity of a pegboard, slat walls can be added anywhere in your garage and give you the freedom to organize however you need! With the ability to add or take away hooks and shelving, you can mix and match what you do to completely maximize the space!

FIND YOUR STORE

Build Cabinets for More Storage

New Cabinet Storage in Garage. Photo by Instagram user @garagecabinets
Photo via @garagecabinets

Garage cabinets are the perfect addition to garages large and small. Not only do they allow you to store items out of sight, but they also make the space look nicer and more organized.

Add Wire Shelving Along Walls

Wire Shelving in Garage with Garden Supplies. Photo by Instagram user @shoplegacyplace
Photo via @shoplegacyplace

An inexpensive alternative to adding cabinets to your garage is wire shelves. These are great for storing a variety of items from gardening supplies to sporting gear.

Use Rollout Bins for Quick Access to Supplies

Rollout Bins Storing Garage Supplies. Photo by Instagram user @brynsta.gram
Photo via @brynsta.gram

Don’t leave towels and oil rags lying around your garage workbench. Instead, install slide-out bins along the walls that are easy to access. It’ll make cleaning up spills or wiping your hands a quick task!

Build Cubbies for Family Garage Storage Needs

Garage Cubbies Storing Children's Equipment. Photo by Instagram user @jessecoulter
Photo via @jessecoulter

If your current mudroom is a dumping ground for shoes, coats, bags, and other random items, reclaim the space by adding garage cubbies for each member of your family just outside the door.

Utilize Storage Containers

Plastic Storage Containers and Tubs in Garage. Photo by Instagram user @thecontainerstore
Photo via @thecontainerstore

One of the best ways to organize a garage is to put everything into plastic storage containers. Be sure to use labels on the outside of each bin (even if they’re see-through) so you can find items faster!

Make a Car Care Station

Garage Shelving with Car Care Equipment and Supplies. Photo by Instagram user @organizedliving
Photo via @organizedliving

Keep all tools, fluids, sponges, rags, and other items you need for car care together in your garage on a designated shelf. This will make the next oil change or fluid check quick and easy!

Create a Specific Space for Sports Gear Storage

Sports Equipment in Wire Storage in Garage. Photo by Instagram user @tailoredbymonica
Photo via @tailoredbymonica

Roller skates, skateboards, hockey sticks, and other sporting gear take up a lot of room. And when left out, they’re a tripping hazard! Make an area that houses all of your gear so it’s easy to grab when you need it!

Store Balls in Vertical Bins, Racks, or Nets

Sports Balls Stored in Vertical Nets in Garage. Photo by Instagram user @rylex_custom_cabinetry
Photo via @rylex_custom_cabinetry

Keep basketballs, footballs, volleyballs, soccer balls, and everything in between organized and out of the way by hanging racks, nets, or bins along your available wall space!

Use Storage Baskets for Sports Equipment

Sports Equipment Stored in Baskets and Bins on Garage Wall. Photo by Instagram user @kuzakscloset
Photo via @kuzakscloset

Regardless of whether you choose wood, plastic, or wire, utilizing storage baskets that can hook onto garage walls makes grabbing and going easy for the sports lover in your household!

Keep Winter Sports Gear Together

Skis and Helmets Stored on Garage Ceiling. Photo by Instagram user @garagesmart
Photo via @garagesmart

If you’re big into winter sports, make your next trip to the slopes easy by storing all skiing and snowboarding equipment in the same area of the garage!

Make Cord Cleanup Easier with Retractable Reels

Retracable Cord Reel on Garage Wall. Photo by Instagram user @northern_tool
Photo via @northern_tool

Extension cords can be a hassle. Save yourself time and garage space by getting a retractable cord reel! That way, you only pull out the amount of cord you need and then roll it right back up when you’re finished.

Repurpose Card Catalog Boxes for Nuts & Bolts

Card Catalog Boxes Storing Bolts and Pipes. Photo by Instagram user @organizewithkatherine
Photo via @organizewithkatherine

A great way to organize nuts and bolts inside your garage is with a repurposed library card catalog! These cabinets are easy to find and can help you keep your workbench organized.

Use Tackle Boxes for Hardware Storage

Nuts and Bolts Stored in Tackle Box. Photo by Instagram user @design_by_d9
Photo via @design_by_d9

Need an organization system for hardware like nails and screws? Use a clear tackle box! Tackle boxes come with divided compartments that allow you to sort items, and the transparency will make finding what you need easier.

Hang Up Tools Behind Your Workbench

Hammers and Tools Hung on Wall Behind Garage Workbench. Photo by Instagram user @sinline503
Photo via @sinline503

No tool box? No problem! Save space in your garage by moving your toolbox to a shed or the basement, and hang your tools behind your workbench on a pegboard or an old piece of plywood!

Outline Your Tools

Garage Tools Outlined and Hanging on Wall. Photo by Instagram user @pacificservicecenter
Photo via @pacificservicecenter

Organize your workbench even more by outlining each tool with paint or tape to know where it should hang! This visual cue keeps your garage organized while also letting you know if you’ve misplaced an item.

Make Screwdrivers More Accessible

Screwdrivers Hanging on Garage Wall. Photo by Instagram user @efficientorganization
Photo via @efficientorganization

Since screwdrivers may be more difficult to hang compared to hammers or power tools, add screwdriver holders. You can purchase holders created specifically for this purpose or you can DIY your own solution!

Add a Magnetic Strip to Organize Tools

Magnetic Strip Holding Pliers and Screwdrivers. Photo by Instagram user @scolaroanthony
Photo via @scolaroanthony

Another great organizational option for tools is to use a magnetic strip above or along the side of a workbench! This keeps your tools nearby and visible, ensuring you don’t have to dig through drawers.

Store All of Your Tape in One Spot

Rolls of Tape Hanging on Garage Wall. Photo by Instagram user @assemblyla
Photo via @assemblyla

Whether you use painters tape all day or you need to wrap an exposed wire in electrical tape, keep all of your tape in one place around your workbench to simplify your next at-home fix!

Keep Paint on Easy-to-Reach Shelves

Cans of Paint on Shelves in Garage. Photo by Instagram user @thekingstonhome
Photo via @thekingstonhome

If you need quick access to your paints, store them on shelves that are easy to reach! For smaller paint cans and spray paints, you can even repurpose old spice racks for simple garage storage.

Use PVC as a Tool Organizer

Gardening Tools Held Onto Garage Wall with PVC Pipe. Photo by Instagram user @jess_a__f
Photo via @jess_a__f

If you have extra PVC lying around in your garage, don’t trash it! Instead, utilize it for storing garden tools or long handled tools that need to get off of the floor.

Install Hooks for Yard Tool Storage

Gardening Tools and Hoses Hung on Garage Hooks. Photo by Instagram user @org_relo
Photo via @org_relo

Instead of piling brooms and rakes in a corner, use your slat wall or a fast track system to add hooks that will help you organize all of your yard tools!

Organize Yard Tools with Wood Pallets

Gardening Tools Stored in Wooden Pallet. Photo by Instagram user @angiemcdevitt
Photo via @angiemcdevitt

If wall space is at a premium and hanging yard tools isn’t in the cards, use a wood pallet to keep everything contained against a wall! Wood pallets are extremely durable and may require just an anchor or two to ensure your tools are always upright and ready for use.

Use Coat Racks to Hang Up Garden Tools

Garden Tools Hanging from Coat Racks in Garage. Photo by Instagram user @vintageestatehomes
Photo via @vintageestatehomes

Old coat racks are perfect for hanging your garden tools up for easy grab-and-go work! With hooks already on them, the only work left for you is to hang the rack up and add your tools.

Get Every Item Off of Your Garage Floor

Gardening Tools Hung on Walls and Garage Work Bench. Photo by Instagram user @thecontainerstore
Photo via @thecontainerstore

Use the vertical space of your garage to get items out of the way of your cars and off your garage floor! By raising shelves a few feet off of the ground, you’ll have more space to pull larger vehicles forward.

Hang Ladders from Raised Shelving

Ladders Hung From Raised Shelving in Garage. Photo by Instagram user @beeneat_and_organized
Photo via @beeneat_and_organized

Don’t prop a ladder up against the wall or lay it down along the garage floor. Make it easier to grab by hanging it on the wall. You can go vertical or horizontal, depending on your available space!

FIND YOUR STORE

Use Overhead Storage

Items Stored on the Ceiling on a Garage. Photo by Instagram user @equalopportunityobjectifier
Photo via @equalopportunityobjectifier

If you’re storing items like seasonal decorations that don’t get much use in your garage, you can get back valuable floor and wall space by placing items in overhead storage!

Move Bikes to Overhead Storage Racks

Bikes Hung From Storage Racks in Garage. Photo by Instagram user @lbagley1
Photo via @lbagley1

Bikes can take up a lot of floor space if you’re not careful. An easy way to avoid that is to get them up in an overhead storage rack! This is a great option for casual cyclists who don’t need frequent bike access.

Install a Vertical Bike Rack

Bikes Stored Vertically in Garage. Photo by Instagram user @megantrinh_12
Photo via @megantrinh_12

For more avid cyclists, a vertical bike rack is great for keeping bikes organized while still accessible. You can add hooks to an already installed slat wall or add a custom bike mount designed specifically for lifting your bike off the ground.

Leave Room for Garbage Cans & Recycling Bins

Garbage Cans Stored in Garage. Photo by Instagram user @simpleoverheaddoors
Photo via @simpleoverheaddoors

Be sure to leave space for your garbage cans and recycling bins! As more cities switch to larger 30-gallon options, you’ll need to leave enough room to easily take cans and bins in and out.

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If you have items that don’t fit in your garage that you still need to keep, you can always move items to a storage unit! Find a storage unit near you with Extra Space Storage today!

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