Of all places in the house to clean up, garages tend to get put on the bottom of the priority list. However, organizing your garage can increase your efficiency, help to keep everything in order, and allow you to find tools, bikes, and equipment right when you need them.
Group similar items like paintbrushes, trays, and rollers together for quick-finding on a freestanding shelf.
What you'll need: Freestanding shelf ($240, .com)
Corner storage — like this gardening tool system — maximizes available space.
What you'll need: Corner Storage ($27, .com)
After a rainstorm, hang up wet items like umbrellas and coats in your garage.
What you'll need: Hook Rack ($20, .com)
Conceal clutter-prone craft and project areas with decorative drapes strung up on a wire.
What you'll need: Curtains ($19 for 2 panels, .com)
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, have plenty of room for planters, vases, and indoor gardening supplies as well.
What you'll need: Garage Wall Cabinet ($90 for cabinets, closetmaid.com)
Store pet food and potting soil in metal-lidded trash cans, and add casters for easy maneuvering.
What you'll need: Small Metal-Lidded Trash Can ($15, .com)
Find a monkey bar to store all your wheels, so it's now easier to get the bikes on and off the rack.
What you'll need: Monkey Bar Bike Rack ($90, .com)
Use a horizontal hook rack to avoid leaving your large gardening tools in a messy pile.
What you'll need: Hook Racks ($19 for 30 hooks, .com)
Repurpose cupboards from flea markets or junk shops as potting sheds and tool chests.
What you'll need: Sand Paper ($5 for 5 sheets, .com)
Pour leftover paint into labeled plastic containers for touch-ups — just make sure they're kept above freezing.
What you'll need: Labeled Plastic Containers ($30 for 4 quarts, .com)
Take advantage of ceiling space by mounting a heavy duty overhead shelf.
What you'll need: Garage Overhead Storage ($155, .com)
Keep your most frequently used supplies at an easy reach with a cheap pegboard.
What you'll need: Elfa Utility Workshop Organizer Board ($306, containerstore.com)
Custom organizers from California Closets help you 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, ribbon, or tape.
What you'll need: Tension Curtain Rod ($16, .com)
If you and your kids are sports enthusiasts, create an area for storing your equipment. Hang your gear and place items in bins on a storage unit.
What you'll need: Chrome Shelving with Pull-Out Bins ($300, frontgate.com)
Get a cart on wheels to move it around your garage or to store items you use outside, such as snow salt or gardening tools.
What you'll need: Cart on Wheels ($207, .com)
Customize your shelving to fit all the items you need to store with adjustable wall racks.
What you'll need: Adjustable Wall Racks ($19 for 8 shelves, jet.com)
Use wall-mount kitchen knife magnets to hang metal tools or to dry and store paintbrushes.
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What you'll need: Wall-Mount Kitchen Knife Magnet ($19, .com)
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 like boxes of screws and plumbing parts. Besides concealing these items, the doors prevent them from being coated in sawdust when using a miter saw.
What you'll need: Radiator Screen Inserts ($54 for 9 inserts, .com)
Using cheap pine and lumber left over from other projects, handy-woman and blogger Brittany Bailey constructed a crate for her garden supplies and sports gear and added low shelving to hold paint. She used PVC piping to keep her rakes and spades upright. "Now, my tools don't fall over, and they take up a lot less room," Bailey says.
What you'll need: PVC piping ($4, homedepot,com)