10 Garage Storage Hacks to Keep You Organized
Use common household items to help you declutter.
When you don't spend too much time in a room, it's easy to make it a catchall space for all the stuff you don't know where to put. It becomes a giant storage closet with no organization system. The garage is one of the most forgotten and disorganized spaces in the home for most of us. To help organize your tools, follow these simple storage solutions using household items.
DIY Garage Workshop
Combine old dressers and tabletops to create a large workbench on a small budget.
Window Planter Can Holder
Spray paint cans fit perfectly inside plastic window planters. Mount the planters on the wall to save shelf space.
Chain Cord Hanger
Keep extension cords from getting tangled by hanging them on the wall from one-foot sections of chain and a coat hook. Make sure to mount the coat hook on a stud or use wall anchors.
Transform old lockers into a place to hold paints and various chemicals in the garage. Insert scraps of wood inside the lockers for extra shelving to maximize storage space.
Towel Rack Clamp Holder
A wall-mounted rack is a great solution to storing various clamps. Next time you replace a towel bar inside the house, install the old one in the garage for a convenient way to hang clamps.
Toy Bucket Storage
Label galvanized buckets, and place your kids' outdoor toys inside. Place the buckets on low shelves, so kids can grab and put away toys easily.
Golf Bag Garden Tool Holder
An old, sturdy golf bag makes a perfect storage station for gardening tools large and small. Rakes and shovels fit in the top, and the pockets are perfect for gloves, small planters and other hand tools.
Spray Paint Organizer
Use an over-the-door plastic shoe organizer to hold spray paint cans. Label the caps or the pockets, so you can easily find the color you need.
DIY Tool Holder
Save floor space by hanging large items like brooms and mops on the wall. We made this wall-mounted holder from scrap wood and pipe straps.
Make It: DIY Tool Holder
File Cabinet Garden Tool Storage
A filing cabinet is an easy, budget-friendly storage solution. Remove the drawers, flip the cabinet on its side and store large gardening tools inside.
Decluttering Your Garage
The garage is a great storage spot, but don’t let the space become a cluttered catchall. Organizing and cleaning expert Donna Smallin Kuper recommends taking stock of belongings and donating what isn’t needed. “Most of the stuff people store in the garage is stuff they decided they no longer want in their everyday living space,” she says. “So they get it out of their house — out of sight, out of mind — and there it sits.”
While you’re editing your belongings, keep in mind three rules of thumb for appropriate garage storage: Don’t store items that could be damaged by extreme or fluctuating temperatures, belongings that could be ruined by moisture and humidity, or hazardous materials that could damage your home. Click through our list of other items you should keep out of the garage.
Daily Used Items
Lisa Mark, certified professional organizer at The Time Butler in Los Altos, Calif., notes that the garage is best for infrequently used belongings. “Items accessed all the time should be stored in the spaces in which they are used,” she says, “and overflow items like paper towels can be stored on shelves in the garage and moved into the home as existing items are used up.”