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Do you need to organize your garage?

Your garage can be a valuable space… or it can be a complete dump. It’s all up to how you organize (or don’t organize) your space. There’s nothing worst than a large room full of junk. Which, let’s face it, that’s how most of our garages look. It doesn’t have to be that way. And, since you loved our original garage envy post, we knew you were in need of even more ideas to organize your garage. We’ve found 15 more tips, hacks, and clever ideas to take your garage from messy to miraculous.

Pinterest Pin collage: 15 ideas to organize your garage- photo of locker, assorted jars, and tools

DIY Garage Organization Tips & Hacks

If you are wondering “how to start cleaning out your garage”, you have come to the right place. Sometimes massive clutter can be overwhelming. Instead of tackling the problem, we continue to put it off because we don’t know where to start. In this post, we help you organize your garage with tips and tricks to use your overhead space wisely, genius garage storage ideas, and creative tool storage solutions so your garage stays clean for the long haul. These fifteen garage organization tips and hacks are sure to change your space forever.

1. Garage organization for small tools

I don’t know about you, but I’m always losing the drill bits, screws, and other small tools. It’s hard to tell one drill bit from the next. And, don’t let me have multiple sets or different brands. It’s a never-ending mess and instead of tools being used, they clutter in a ball of metal with other unorganized tools or simply get lost

Nevertheless, I have a simple idea to organize tools in the garage. Gone are the days of mix match tools and their owners. With magnet strips, you can easily keep up with all of the pieces, even the little ones. Install magnetic strips for your drill bits, screwdrivers, and other small tools. How Genius!

Garage shelves- drill, drill bits, trays with tools

Magnetic wall mount for small tools

2. DIY storage containers

You don’t have to always spend more money to get organized. If you’re tired of breaking the bank to free-up a little space here and there, this hack is for you. This organization method keeps your garage organized at no extra cost. Cut the tops off laundry detergent containers, and use them to organize your nails, screws, bolts, and other hardware. It is convenient, and smells amazing!

Who needs plugins when you have detergent containers?

Garage shelves- reused cans with labels

Garage organization tip: keep to separate small screws and drill bits

3. Use hooks to maximize floor space

The best garage organization tips and tricks 101 is to maximize your floor space. By taking advantage of the wall and ceiling space you’re doing just that. If you are limited on floor and wall space, consider getting some heavy-duty clips to hang from your garage door hardware. You’ve just created an instant space for many heavy-duty items, and cleared the way for other much-needed things. Nothing, is more fulfilling than clearing a cluttered space, and this simple hack does just that.

Heavy Duty Items To Hang

  • Bikes
  • Scooters
  • Pool life rings
  • Small boats
  • Ladders
  • Shovels
  • Rakes

 

Garage Bike Rack- Bikes and helmets hanging from racks

Get the bikes stacked and orderly! No more pile of kids stuff!
Organize your Garage with a DIY Bike Rack

4. Garage Organization Systems

Organize for free with shipping pallets. Can you tell that I like “FREE”? Many local businesses are happy to get rid of their old, broken pallets for free. All you have to do is ask! With a little elbow grease and creativity, this DIY system can organize the most cluttered garages.

Here are some store suggestions for free pallets:

  • Furniture stores
  • Bars
  • Liquor stores
  • Nurseries
  • Construction Sites

 

Wood Storage Stand- Rakes, Brooms, and wood panels

DIY Shipping Pallet Storage Container

5. Garage organizing layout ideas

Pegboards are indispensable in the garage. They make it so easy to map out your garage organizing layout ideas. The best part is that you can map it out and implement it all in the same spot. Use them to hang tools, toys, and anything else cluttering up your floors. (See other pegboard storage ideas!). Great for easy access and cute visual displays.

Bonus: If you’re prone to go a little overboard like I am, color coordinating your tools adds a nice visual layer to a clean, organized garage.

Pegboard: Garage tools- saw, drill, drill bits, stepping stool, and hammer

Creative pegboard for garage organization ideas

6. Garage storage containers

Storage containers can be tricky, but not if you know what you’re doing. Consider the amount of stuff that you have and how you would need to categorize those items before you confirm a bin size. Once you’re comfortable with the size, go for it. If organization is what you’re after, bins are a must-have. Your garage won’t survive without them.

The real tip here is to ALWAYS spring for the bins with labels. Plain plastic bins with clearly labeled contents can save your sanity. It’s so simple but so tidy!

Storage Bins- white and clear deep storage bins with labels

Labeled storage bins for organized garage presentation

7. Garage organizing racks

Let’s get organized! This is how to organize a messy garage on a budget. DIY it! A few drill holes in a wooden plaque, and some nails. Voila’, the perfect rack for an organized garage. Such a practical way to hang your power tools. If you’re not into making one yourself, any old coat rack will do. Or, place a quick order from your local big box store for a ready-made rack that you can put up in no time.

Floating storage shelf with hanging tools

Easy tool racks

8. Garage storage tricks

This is awesome! My garage has become a multipurpose space. My garage doubles as a gardening tool dumping ground, kids electric vehicle parking garage/ toy overflow shed, general home storage unit/ anything we can’t find a space for in the house. Finding a way to zone all of its multiple functions can be challenging. If your garage is also home to your gardening tools, as mine does, this pvc pipe storage trick will blow you away. How smart is that? It looks so neat!

Tool Holsters for garage walls- filled with shovel, rake, garden hose, and more

Gardening tools separated by piping

9. Storage lockers

School-style lockers can keep your power tools locked up nice and tight. I can’t get over the nostalgia! No matter when you last used a locker, you have to admit that this garage organization idea brings back memories. Not just for books, or a hot place to gossip in between classes, school-style lockers keep things in place and out of sight.  Helpful if you have small kids who go in and out of the garage! Lockers protect dangerous things and serve as a cool, funky garage organizer.

Storage locker- with lock and key

Locker storage

10. Organizational Jars

There are so many unique ways we can organize. Jars are one of the most convenient organization systems. Organize screws in old jars attached to the bottoms of shelves. Now, you have a foolproof system to house your screws and nails. These clear jars make it really easy to see exactly what’s inside.

Magnetic storage containers hanging from storage shelf

via Chez Larsson

11. Garage Wall Storage Idea

Make a shelf to hold all of your screwdrivers. DIY it, and you can turn a small space into an organized masterpiece in just minutes. Saves a ton of space and organizes your garage quickly. So much easier to find what you need than digging through a toolbox!

DIY Screwdriver Storage- hanging wood shelf with drill holes for screw drivers to hang

via Fresh Crush

12. Use wall space

Our garage walls are full of so much unused space. Clean up some of the floor messes by tacking those items on the wall. If you have folding chairs and a folding table for entertaining, hang them on the wall to save valuable space over stacking them on the floor. Instant clear floors!

Wall Racks- folding chairs hanging from the racks

via House Organization

13. Genius can storage hack

Shoes go in my shoe organizers, how about yours? Well, this genius can storage hack will take loose cans from chaos to cute. Need to organize your garage and clear out the cans? Put spray paint, WD-40, and other cans/small products in a shoe organizer. Shoe organizers typically cost less than $15 each and are so valuable around the house.

hanging Shoe storage repurposed for paint storage

via Hi Sugar Plums

14. Placement Bins

Above all, Location! Location! Location! Make things easy for yourself. Put recycling bins right by the door so it doesn’t pile up in your house, and you have easy access to them. When you only have a few steps to take, you’re more likely to put it in its proper place right away. Proper location leads to a clean home and a clean, organized garage.

White storage containers with black labels

via Clean and Scentsible

15. Hook Boards

Love this idea for storing scooters and skateboards. Another garage organization DIY  to the rescue. You can easily make one yourself using a long, wide board and some hooks or knobs. (Site not in English.) A stylish space saver for many of your garage storage needs.

Diagnal Rack with stakes- hanging scooters, and skateboards

via Flylady

16. Store tape in the garage

In addition, to all the other tips, you can USE the wall or even space under cabinets in the garage with a hangar for extra storage.  Have a big collection of tape? Put it on a suit hanger with a locking pants bar.

Hanger- with printed dump tape rolls hanging from it

via One Good Thing by Jillee

And if you’re looking for car organization ideas or car hacks, we’ve got you covered there, too!

More garage hacks for tidy garages