These garage organization ideas will keep your tools, bikes, and other items in order.
Group like items—paintbrushes, trays, and rollers, for instance—together for ease of use on your .
—like this gardening tool system—maximizes available space.
After a rainstorm, hang up wet items like umbrellas and coats in your garage.
Conceal clutter-prone craft and project areas with decorative drapes strung up on a wire.
Select a spot that's close to the outdoors—so you don't track soil through the whole garage—and close to a water source. Large units, like this one from , have plenty of room for planters, vases and indoor gardening supplies as well.
Store pet food and potting soil in metal-lidded trash cans, and add casters for easy maneuvering.
Find a to store all your wheels, so it's now easier to get the bikes on and off the rack.
Use a horizontal hook rack to avoid leaving your large gardening tools in a messy pile.
Repurpose cupboards from flea markets or junk shops as potting sheds and tool chests.
Pour leftover paint into labeled plastic containers for touch-ups—just make sure they're kept above freezing.
Take advantage of ceiling space by mounting a heavy duty overhead shelf like this one from .
Keep your most frequently used supplies at an easy reach with a cheap pegboard similar to this .
Custom organizers from conceal clutter. Cover the wall with a designed system to hang all your tools and supplies.
Slip a simple curtain rod into a window frame or between studs to dispense twine and ribbon.
If you're a sports enthusiast, create an area for storing your equipment. Hang your gear and place items in bins on a storage unit, similar to this one from .
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Unify unsightly piles of odds and ends in plastic containers. Stash seldom-used and seasonal stuff up high , and keep everyday items at eye level.
Customize your shelving to fit all the items you need to store with a piece like this one from . Containers with integrated handles are great for toting car-washing soap and wax to the driveway and back.
Use chalkboard labels on your bins so your kids know where their toys go.
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Use wall-mount kitchen knife magnets to hang metal tools or to dry and store paintbrushes.
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Cluttered shelves are an eyesore. This workbench includes a pair of doors with radiator screen inserts in the middle, keeping the contents easily accessible but out of sight. Cabinets replaced open shelving to store odds and ends (boxes of screws, plumbing parts). Besides concealing these items, the doors prevent them from being coated in sawdust when using a miter saw. A rolling cart holds her power tools (drills, a power paint sprayer),making it easy to wheel around the garage for bigger projects.
Handywoman Brittany Bailey, who writes the blog , arranged her tools on pegboard so that the most frequently used items are easily accessible: garden tools near the garage entrance (close to the yard), sports equipment farther in where she loads up the car trunk, and tools within arm's reach of her workbench. "It's so much easier to find something when I need it!"
Using cheap pine and lumber left over from other projects, Brittany constructed a crate for her garden supplies and sports gear and added low shelving to hold paint. She used PVC piping—a steal at about $8 for a 10-foot length—to keep her rakes and spades upright. "Now, my tools don't fall over, and they take up a lot less room," says Brittany. Another great budget tip: Before buying new organizing products, scour a secondhand shop, the returns section of a big-box store and the aisles at a hardware store. You might find something cheaper to do the trick!
Brittany used a $10 sheet of metal air conditioning duct to make a backsplash that holds inspiring images, then turned retired paintbrushes into cabinet door handles. Stumped by a first-time project? Search the web for tutorials. Brittany did just that to install the cabinets using a French cleat system. "I stepped out of my comfort zone and learned something new."