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11 Easy Storage Ideas for Your Garage

The stress of a messy garage can ruin your day every time you go in there. Use these tips to help organize your garage. 

Tools hanging in garage

Have a messy, disorganized garage? It can be almost impossible to complete a DIY project when you have to dig around for your tools and supplies. And having to hunt for sports equipment like it’s buried treasure definitely puts a damper on any fun activities you were planning.

Keeping your garage neat and organized helps you make the most of your storage space. You’ll be able to store more items in your garage, and it’ll be so much easier for you to find what you want when you want it. Got some DIY projects you’ve been hoping to tackle? Garage organization can help you keep the supplies and tools you need for every project close at hand. These garage storage and organization ideas can help you get your garage in order, easily and cheaply.

1. DIY Loft Storage

Do you have an unfinished garage with overhead ceiling joists? If so, it’s easy to add DIY loft storage. Just attach a large piece of half-inch or three-quarter-inch plywood to the ceiling joists to create a DIY loft space that you can access with a ladder. 

2. PVC Pipe Tool Storage

If you’ve got some extra lengths of PVC pipe lying around, you can use them to create cheap and easy storage for large, long-handled garden tools, like shovels, rakes and hoes. Cut the PVC pipe into sections and mount them to a board that you can attach to your garage wall. Make sure the sections of pipe are vertical, so you can put tool handles in them, and hang the board high enough that tools have room to dangle.

3. Bike Hooks

Bike hooks are an easy way to get bikes out of the way and free up storage space on the floor of your garage. Mount them on the overhead joists to hang bikes from the ceiling. Don’t have much ceiling room? Hang bikes vertically up the wall instead.

4. Stud Grabber Hooks

If you have an unfinished garage with exposed studs, stud grabber hooks are an easy and inexpensive way of adding wall storage space. Stud grabber hooks wrap around and dig into the stud, providing a sturdy hook that can be used to hang tools, extension cords or hoses. Line up multiple stud grabber hooks to hang planks of scrap wood or other long items from the wall.

5. Pegboard

Pegboards are a garage organization staple, and for good reason. They’re ideal above a workbench for keeping small tools close at hand. Hang your section of pegboard from the studs and add pegs as needed.

6. DIY Shelves

If you’re handy, it’s easy to build DIY shelves, or you can buy a shelving unit to add storage space in your garage. Use a long level to hang wooden shelves from your wall studs or install wire shelves where you need them. For bonus organization, build your shelves large enough to accommodate plastic storage bins, where you can stow your stuff out of sight.

7. High Cupboards

While you’re making the most of your limited garage space, don’t forget the wall space near the ceilings. Hanging cupboards high on the wall adds storage space for items you don’t use often, like leftover paint, while reserving space on the lower walls for the stuff you reach for more frequently.

8. Ceiling Bin Storage

Have a finished garage with a proper ceiling? Screw wooden flanges to lengths of two-by-four to create overhead hanging storage for plastic bins. Use three-quarter-inch plywood or one-by-fours for the flanges, and attach them to the ceiling so that storage bins can easily slide on and off the racks.

9. Magnetic Tool Hangers

Magnetic tool hangers are the perfect solution for organizing screwdrivers, hammers, wrenches, files and other tools over your workbench or wherever you need to keep them handy.

10. Nail and Screw Storage

Screw the lids of baby food jars, or other small jars, to your exposed studs and use them to store screws, nails, nuts, bolts and other small items. You can also attach the baby food jars to a board and mount the board to the wall or affix them to the underside of your wooden shelves. 

Don’t have any baby food jars handy? Attach hooks to the lids of soda bottles and cut holes in the top or sides of the bottles to make it easy to get screws and nails in and out. Hang the bottles from your pegboard.

11. Over-the-Garage-Door Storage

While you’re making the most of overhead storage space in your garage, don’t forget the garage door. The space above the garage door is the perfect spot for some DIY shelves that will expand your garage storage for items that you don’t use often.

Don’t let a messy garage stress you out. With these easy storage solutions, you’ll actually want  to spend time in your garage — and getting to your tools, sports equipment and other stuff will be so much easier.