If your garage is full of unorganized boxes and tools, you most definitely aren’t alone, as this is probably the most common state for garages around the country.
It’s easy to make your garage a dumping ground for stuff that doesn’t belong in the house, and once the pile starts to build, it can be challenging to get started in organizing it.
A great place to start clearing the pile is with new places to put and sort all of your stuff, so here are some of the best solutions that will help you know exactly where everything is at all times.
This is a simple and inexpensive shelving option that will allow you to store your tools on the walls rather than the floor.
Wire basket shelves have the advantage that you can see through the mesh, which means you can see what’s in each, saving you from rummaging around looking for something for hours.
DIY fishing rod holder
If fishing is a hobby for someone in your household, you’ll be familiar with the amount of space multiple rods and tackle takes up.
To get this all organized, try making a holder out of a PVC pipe around 3 inches in diameter and a foam swimming noodle. Install the pipe on one of your garage walls with holes drilled in one side about 4 inches apart for your fishing rods to stand in.
You can then attach the swimming noodle around 4 feet above the pipe with slits carved into it with a knife that the rods’ ends can fit into.
There’s nothing wrong with storing your odds and ends in boxes, but the issue does arise when you have them all stacked up and need to get to the bin at the bottom.
A simple fix for this is to build a storage tower that your containers can be slotted into, which means that you can access all of your boxes without having to dig your way to the bottom bin.
You can find some great options at E-Z Garage Storage.
Add a cabinet for your car care
Car cleaning products and essential maintenance tools will be some of the most common items you’ll need from your garage, so it makes sense to make them simple to access and well-organized.
Try this design for a simple cabinet that can store all of your oils, lubricants, and cleaning products in one place.
Upgrade your wall space
If you’re trying to install shelves directly into your garage’s brick walls, you’re giving yourself far more work than is needed.
Instead of drilling holes directly in the brickwork, try installing a false plywood wall over your original walls, which will make it far easier to screw shelves and other storage solutions to the garage walls.
You can also remove anything hanging to the walls, and move it without worrying about damaging the original walls. If necessary, you can replace the false walls without much effort.
Ceiling track storage
You may be making effective use of your wall space, but are you taking advantage of the room on your garage ceiling?
A great way to make room in your garage is to install 2x2s onto the ceiling just a little wider than the width of your storage bins’ lips, and then nail 1x4s to the bottom of these to create runners that you can slide your bins into.
This is ideal for anything that doesn’t weigh too much that you use a few times a year, such as Christmas decorations and camping gear.
Rather than using boxes, try taking your garage storage to the next level with storage cabinets.
If you regularly use the equipment in your garage, this will be worth the investment, and the cost may be less than you’d think. An 8″ cabinet can cost less than $30, which is less than what you can get pre-made shelves for, making this a desirable solution.
With your walls and ceiling covered, you can think about some more unconventional storage ideas.
For most people, the corners of their garage are wasted space, but you just got yourself a quick and easy storage area with a simple corner shelf. Corner shelves are perfect for storing smaller items like oil, glue, and polishes.
Storage tubes and tool holders
Sometimes, bins and shelves aren’t the best options for storing your longer items like sweeping brushes, rakes, hoes, and even badminton or tennis racquets.
A simple storage solution is to pick up a few concrete-forming tubes, which are inexpensive and when mounted to a wall, are perfect for these items. Another solution is to mount a simple tool holder from lengths of wood around 16 inches long, screwed into the wall at a slight angle, so that your shovels, brushes, and rakes will slide between them.
Monkey bars unit
A great two-in-one storage solution is to mount a shelving unit with bars on the bottom, which you can then hang additional items on.
These are made out of steel to ensure they are sturdy enough to hold a load of boxes on the shelf and anything you decide to hand from the bottom bars.
Sports equipment storage
Balls, helmets, and other sports equipment are common plagues on our garages, so a single unit custom-built to hold them is a must.
A ball coral with bungee bands at the front is ideal for holding balls, and with a few small shelves and hooks on either side, it can be used for smaller balls, helmets, and anything else that needs to be stored away before game time.
If you have a smaller garage or if space is becoming an issue, then sliding shelves may be a good investment.
These cabinets have shelves that pull out from the wall to display everything you have inside, allowing for easy access and can add a significant amount of total storage to your garage.
Lawn chair storage
Another item that often gets thrown in a corner and takes up too much space is the set of lawn chairs that are usually only used for a few months each year.
Create a wall-mounted storage unit for them by taking two lengths of 1×4 lumber and cutting them into brackets that point directly out of the wall at a 45-degree angle, allowing you to hang your chairs in the cold season.