12 Genius Garage Organizing and Storage Hacks

Overwhelmed by a messy garage? Get organized with these “Why didn’t I think of that?” ideas for tackling garage clutter.

Photo By: James Angus and Jamie Bolton, The Cavender Diary

Photo By: James Angus and Jamie Bolton, The Cavender Diary

Photo By: James Angus and Jamie Bolton, The Cavender Diary

Photo By: James Angus and Jamie Bolton, The Cavender Diary

Photo By: Elizabeth Joan Designs

Photo By: Darla DeMarrow, HeartWork Organizing

Photo By: Darla DeMarrow, HeartWork Organizing

Photo By: Kenarry Ideas for the Home

Photo By: Tailored Living

Photo By: Tailored Living

Photo By: Tailored Living

Photo By: Tailored Living

New Uses for Old Stuff

James Angus and Jamie Bolton of The Cavender Diary are serial garage hackers who have created the ultimate man cave. Faced with lack of space, they made use of reused and repurposed items found around the house. Here, a red medicine cabinet rescued from a friend’s junk pile is filled with salsa jars that hold hardware.

Pipe Dreams

Install pipes along the ceiling for an all-encompassing storage solution. Angus and Bolton used S-hooks to hold a variety of tools. 

Not Just for the Kitchen

Angus and Bolton used more cabinets from a kitchen renovation to serve as the base for a work station. Knife magnets from Ikea make an ideal solution for drying paint brushes. Soup cans are used to store pens and pencils. 

Floor-to-Ceiling Storage

In the laundry area, Angus and Bolton put leftover cabinets from a kitchen renovation to use. They stacked two over the washer and dryer and left room for plumbing pipe rod to hold loose hangers.

Mobile Tool Caddy

Roll through outdoor or indoor chores with all your cleaning supplies in one place with this single-file turned utility cart. This portable storage solution by Elizabeth Joan Designs is a janitor’s closet on wheels.

Parking Spaces

Darla DeMorrow, a certified professional organizer, used colorful duct tape to create bike parking lanes for kids. Such a simple solution, this gives children an easy, safe and orderly way to store bicycles.

Simple Solutions

DeMorrow believes in keeping garage storage accessible and simple. She recommends hanging a clock so you don’t lose track of time. A paper-towel holder pointing upward holds large rolls of packing tape, a large pop-up bag contains wrapping paper and a gift bag holds smaller gift bags. A wheel guide on the floor, makes for perfect parking to avoid smashing into storage. 

Overhead Compartment

Store children’s vehicles and other portable items on wall-mounted shelves. Kenarry Ideas for the Home used simple 2x4s to construct this storage unit that keeps bulky items off the floor.

Magnetic Touch

Keeping track of small tools is easy with a magnetized strip installed on a slat garage wall.

Wheels on Wall

Using a swivel wall-mounted device, store bicycles anywhere you find space. These can be installed on walls or ceilings. The bike can also be moved out of the way while still mounted.

Garage Gym

Long for a workout space but lack a spare room? Take advantage of a garage wall to install everything you need to stay in shape. This wall-mounted gym installed by Tailored Living consists of a slat-wall storage system that makes it easy to customize.

Cabinet Fever

Store large items that are rarely used, such as snow blowers, beneath cabinets. A pull-out platform makes it easy to retrieve and put equipment away.