Organizing your garage can be a daunting task, but with a systematic approach and some dedication, you can turn it into a well-organized and functional space. In this post, I am sharing some tips to help you get started.
Tips for Organizing Your Garage on a Budget
Make a Plan
- Before you start organizing, create a layout or plan for how you want to use the space. This will help you make the most of the available area.
- Begin by removing everything from your garage. This allows you to start with a clean slate.
- Sort through your items and decide what to keep, donate, recycle, or throw away. Be ruthless in getting rid of items you no longer need or use.
Reuse and Repurpose
- Before buying new storage solutions, look around your home for items that can be repurposed for garage organization. Old shelves, crates, or cabinets can work well in a garage.
DIY Storage Solutions
- Build your own shelving units with inexpensive materials like plywood or 2×4 lumber.
- Create wall-mounted storage using pegboards, which are affordable and versatile.
- Make use of PVC pipes to create storage for items like rakes, shovels, and gardening tools.
I know building your own storage unit sounds a bit daunting, but it was surprisingly easy and yuck. We picked up some plywood and 2x4s from Lowe’s and build an incredibly sturdy and roomy shelving unit for our garage. As you can see from the picture above, it isn’t perfect but I have to say, not too shabby for a few non-carpenters.
- Designate specific areas or zones for different categories of items. For example, you can have a workshop zone, a sports equipment zone, and a gardening zone.
- Use labels or clear containers to identify the contents of each zone.
My kiddos all play a sport, so when making a plan to organize our grange, I knew I needed to have several sport zones. I really like this super affordable bat rack from Amazon to keep all of my son’s baseball equipment organized. We also have at least 12 ball holders attached to our garage wall for keeping the soccer ball, basketballs, footballs, and kickballs out of the way. With all of the riding apparatuses, you can imagine that we have a plethora of helmets.
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Hooks and Hangers
Utilize hooks, nails, or screws to hang items like bicycles, ladders, and gardening tools on the walls. These are often very inexpensive and can free up valuable floor space.
As you can see, I installed a few helmet hooks on our homemade wooden shelving unit for safe helmet storage. I can’t tell you how many helmets have met their demise from my tire after rolling under my car.
Shelving to Maximize Space
- Install shelves, cabinets, and hooks to maximize vertical storage space.
- Wall-mounted storage solutions can help keep items off the floor and create more space.
As a family of 5, with three of those members being little boys under 9 years old, we have no shortage of bikes and skate boards. I have to admit, I have ran over a few bikes recently, which prompted me to begin organizing my garage all together. I love all of the unique storage options that Store Your Board has available for helping to organize your garage!
Pictured below, we store our bikes with Store Your Board’s 2 pack Bike Swivel Storage Mount, and our skateboards with the Trifecta Storage Rack.
Utilize Clear Containers
- Store items in clear, stackable containers so you can easily see what’s inside without having to open each one.
- Label the containers for quick identification.
DIY Nail Organizer
Create a DIY screw/nail organizer using a wooden board and old jars or cans. Screw the lids to the board and store small items like screws, nails, or bolts inside the jars.
Create a Workspace
- If you use your garage as a workshop, designate a specific area for your tools and workbench. Keep it organized and clutter-free.
Invest in Proper Storage Solutions
- Consider investing in storage solutions such as pegboards, tool racks, and wall-mounted organizers to keep tools and small items neatly arranged.
I was very specific in the tool rack that I needed for our garage. I needed something small to fit under my Mr. Greg’s work bench but also something on wheels so we could roll it out when needed. I really like the Teal Triangle Free-Standing Tool Organizer from Store Your Board. Not only is it perfect for tools, but I can use it when washing the cars because it has a bucket holder on the side for my soap and water. We really could use several of these!
Remember that organizing your garage may take time, especially if it’s very cluttered. Be patient and tackle one section at a time. Once you’ve organized your garage, maintaining it will be much easier, and you’ll have a functional space that adds value to your home.
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