In my ongoing quest to tidy up and organize the house, I thought about garage organization. On one hand, I like the idea of having a decluttered and space saving garage, but when I thought about the actual work that would go into it, considering how bulky and heavy stuff there is and not seeing it (therefore not appreciating it) as much as I would, say, an organized bedroom or decluttered kitchen, I wasn’t feeling too excited.
Thankfully, the wonderful world of Pinterest showed me some pretty creative DIY shelves and storage ideas. And if you already know me by now, I go for 2 criteria: easy to do and easy on the wallet. So, I’m sharing my favorite quick and cheap garage organizing ideas to give that space an overhaul.
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Map it out
First, think about the layout of your garage. Figure out the best placement of the things that you have stored there in terms of zones. That way, you’ll keep like items together, which makes it much easier to find (your below 0 degree freezing butt in the wintertime will thank you for this).
Some things to keep in mind as you are mapping this out:
- Stuff you use more often is closer and within easier reach; the less often you use something the higher up or further away it should be
- Being thematic with zones could mean by purpose (eg. car supplies, gardening tools) or size and shape (stuff with long thin handles or huge, bulky items)
- If you have kids, keep their things within easy reach for them. Conversely, store items that may be a safety concern (eg. power tools), out of their reach.
Let’s see how these points come together with real-life garage organization ideas.
Create a garage mudroom
Near the door that leads into your house is where you should put things you want easy access to when entering and leaving your home. Things like jackets, umbrellas, dog’s leash, and shoes would make perfect sense to have here. You can also add budget home décor elements to make it feel more like home. (via A Bowl Full of Lemons)
Create a kids zone with bins and baskets
Use bins for stuff that you don’t mind being stacked or that you want to keep covered from getting dirty. Baskets are ideal for bulkier items like balls and larger sports equipment. See how easy it is for kids to grab and put them back? (via I Heart Organizing)
Leave no wall space unwasted
If you have unfinished walls with beams of wood that stick out, or stud walls, nail slats horizontally across, and boom, you’ve just created extra storage units. Perfect for brooms, rakes, and hockey sticks. For sports balls, use bungees with hooks to create a pit.
Create small cubbyholes with PVC pipe
Everyone loves a good pegboard idea. Using PVC pipe and a straight hook to hold knick knacks like zipties or screwdrivers is way too genius. (via Family Handyman)
Create a portable tool caddy
If you want the flexibility to bring your tools to where you need them, create this rolling cart to hang all your tools and wheel where needed. (via Mom 4 Real)
Make a great wall of storage bins
For all the other stuff, try putting them in marked bins. When it’s on a shelf like this, it’s so easy to pull what you need when you need it. Christmas décor? Stick it in a bin. Old rags? In the bin they go. Extra cleaning supplies? Bin it is…you get my drift. (via Classy Clutter)
Tell your clutter to take a hike with these cheap, easy garage organization ideas from Pinterest. Hopefully the low level of difficulty and price point to implement these ideas will drive you to keep that garage looking spotlessly clean.