It’s so easy to fall into the trap of not putting things away properly in your garage. Even if it’s easier to just place the item on a random shelf or lean it up against the wall, remember the lesson we try to teach our kids: everything in its place when you’re finished with it.
By putting everything away properly, you’ll save countless hours searching for a ‘lost’ item when you need it again and you’ll never have to spend an entire weekend clearing out and organizing the garage.
Also, how many paintbrushes or screwdrivers have you collected over time, all because you ran out to buy one when you couldn’t find the one you needed (only to find it hiding on a random shelf after the project was over?)
Here are some easy and time-saving garage organization ideas you can implement in your own garage in just one weekend:
1. Start with a blank canvas and empty everything out of your garage. Yes, this may be a daunting task but you’ll be better able to design an efficient way of storing your items and can easily measure your wall space and plan how everything will go back in. Entice the family to help you organize and group like items together so everything is easier to find when it gets moved back in.
2. Learn how to store chemicals & other hazardous materials. Always store them in their original containers instead of old food containers. Call your local town hall to schedule a hazardous trash pickup or ask when and where you can drop off old paint cans, batteries and other chemical materials. Keep antifreeze, bug spray and other pesticides on shelves away from children and pets.
3. Store ladders on wall hooks horizontally. Ladders standing upright against the wall are unsteady and can fall over very easily, denting your car or worse, hitting your child and causing serious injury.
4. Secure gardening tools vertically on the wall so they are easy to reach but also out of the way of children. Store rakes and shovels with the handle pointing downward so they are easy to reach for without risk of cutting yourself. Use a peg board with smaller hooks to hang smaller garden items.
5. Store bicycles from mounted hooks to free up floor space. Granted, this idea may get tricky depending on how many bikes you have in your family and how big your garage is but you can find bike hooks that mount from the ceiling, which is an easy way to use the vertical space in your garage.
6. Use shelving for small objects and tools. Whether you use free-standing shelves or install metal shelves onto your walls, label each one with a category so only those items end up on that particular shelf.
7. A very clever way to utilize vertical space is to invest in racks that hang above your garage doors. These allow you to store seasonal items off the floor, such as beach items or camping gear in the winter time or winter clothes/boots during the summer time.
8. Use magnetized spice containers to store small nails, bolts or screws. Paint a small strip of wall with magnetic paint or install a metal backer that the spice containers will adhere to. Or, hang them vertically by screwing the caps onto a shelf and simply screw the container into place. This is the perfect solution for when you don’t need every nail in the package.
9. Use labeled bins to store kids’ toys within easy reach. Not only will this prevent the kids’ balls and trucks from finding their way under your car but it will teach the kids to put things back in place and to organize their toys into groups or categories.
10. Stackable recycling bins help keep your recycling neat and out of your kitchen. These stacks usually come with three bins for paper, plastic & glass. Or, you can keep your soda bottles separated if you need to return them to the store to redeem your bottle deposit.
Be creative with your garage storage ideas; you don’t need to invest thousands of dollars into some fancy garage organization system. If you can think of a way to use recycled materials to create storage, then go for it!
- Pieces of lattice can hold long pieces of PVC piping.
- PVC piping cut into smaller pieces and screwed into your wall might be your solution for storing rakes and shovels.
- Try using tall wire mesh baskets to store balls, jump ropes or other loose toys in a corner.
Start by throwing out whatever you don’t need and then look around the house for storage solutions that you already have. Couple those with a few new storage items and you’ll have your garage cleaned out in no time!