Take Back Your Garage With These Fast Organizing Fixes

Does your garage look like a disaster zone? Rein in the clutter with 13 quick and easy tips, hacks and DIY storage projects.

Whether used as a parking spot or hobby hub, your garage is valuable real estate. Don't let that extra square footage go to waste! Clear the clutter and take back your space with our expert garage organizing tips and a few super-handy DIY storage hacks you can knock out in a day or less.

GET STARTED: KNOW WHAT NOT TO STORE

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Paintbrush dipped in green paint resting on tin of paint

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With its high humidity level and fluctuating temperatures, the garage is a less-than-friendly storage spot for things like paint, cardboard boxes, food and more. Get the de-cluttering party started by figuring out which items you really shouldn't be storing out there, then toss, sell or relocate them.

MAKE IT YOURS

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Photo by: Evan Joseph Uhlfelder

Evan Joseph Uhlfelder

Organize your garage to suit your needs. Are you an avid gardener? Carve out space for a gardening station. Do you do a lot of DIY projects? Leave room for a hobby bay.

CONSOLIDATE LIKE ITEMS

Wire Garage Shelf for Pet Supply Storage

Wire Garage Shelf for Pet Supply Storage

Storing similar items together, like these shelves for pet supplies in the HGTV Green Home 2011 garage, streamlines household routines.

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2011, HGTV

Keep your garage tidy for the long haul by grouping similar items together on shelves or in storage bins for easy accessibility. You'll thank yourself later when you aren't digging through piles of junk to find that extra bag of cat litter.

SAVE ON STORAGE SYSTEMS

Recycled Pallet Garden Tool Rack

Recycled Pallet Garden Tool Rack

This tool rack uses recycled materials to hold eight long-handled tools and at least ten hand tools with plenty of space left over for small pots, potting soil, gloves and other gardening miscellany.   

Photo by: Photo by Mick Telkamp

Photo by Mick Telkamp

Instead of shelling out hundreds of dollars for a slat wall storage system, make your own for (almost) free by repurposing a shipping pallet into a vertical tool rack. Then take a vacation with all the money you saved.

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MARK IT AND PARK IT

Bike Parking Lanes in Garage

Bike Parking Lanes in Garage

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.

Photo by: Darla DeMarrow, HeartWork Organizing

Darla DeMarrow, HeartWork Organizing

Clear up bike clutter by giving little ones their own "parking spot" in the garage. Make it even more fun by hanging small signs painted with each child's name above the spaces.

HACK IT

Repurposed File Cabinet Garage Storage

Repurposed File Cabinet Garage Storage

Use items from around the house to help you organize. For example, transform an old file cabinet into a storage bin for large yard tools. Add casters to the bottom to make it mobile for busy outdoor days.

Photo by: Haydee Letonja

Haydee Letonja

On a budget? Take a quick look around the house for anything that could be repurposed as garage storage. This old file cabinet was turned on its side and put to much better use as a tool command center.

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CORRAL KID CLUTTER

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Designated toy bins stored on a kid-size shelf make playtime cleanup quick and painless.

STORE BETWEEN THE STUDS

Tips for Organizing your Garage

Tips for Organizing your Garage

Organized shelving and rag storage in the garage.

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Emily Fazio, 2016

If your garage has bare wall studs, take advantage of all that glorious storage space by installing small shelves between the studs. The customization possibilities are endless!

LOOK UP

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Dylan Eastman

If your garage doesn't have bare wall studs, make the most of your vertical storage space with inexpensive pegboard. It's super customizable and easy to install!

INEXPENSIVE CEILING STORAGE

Organized Garage With Red Medicine Cabinet

Organized Garage With Red Medicine Cabinet

Install pipes along the ceiling for an all-encompassing storage solution. James Angus and Jamie Bolton used S-hooks to hold a variety of tools. A red medicine cabinet rescued from a friend’s junk pile is filled with salsa jars that hold hardware.

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

James Angus and Jamie Bolton, The Cavender Diary

Metal pipes installed along the ceiling joists are an easy and inexpensive way to store infrequently-used items in the garage. Simply suspend objects from the pipes by using large S-hooks.

CLEAR IT UP

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Ditch the cardboard boxes and opt instead for clear plastic bins to store seasonal or surplus items. The see-through containers keep stored items dry and safe from pests and make it easier to locate your stuff.

MAKE IT MULTITASK

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If you use the garage as your main entrance, consider creating a mini mudroom next to the door to curb clutter and keep dirty shoes and smelly gym bags out of the house.

CREATIVE HOLIDAY STORAGE

Wrapping Paper Stored in Garment Bag

Wrapping Paper Stored in Garment Bag

Grab a see-through garment bag for this clever storage solution that keeps wrapping paper dust-free and easily accessible. This idea makes you wonder, "Why didn't I think of that?" Good thing The Chic Site with Rachel Hollis did!

Is holiday decor taking up a bulk of your garage space? Save room and money with a few creative and budget-friendly storage solutions for ornaments, string lights, gift wrap and more!

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