If you're lucky enough to have a garage, you probably want to make the most out of it. Not only does it need to protect your car, but you probably have to store a million other things in there as well. And of course, not only should it be functional but you want it to look nice, too.
So basically your garage is a workhorse and so you should spend some time making it functional and well organized. Plus, an expertly organized space will give you even more room for storing cars or transforming part of it into a home gym.
Click through for inspiration on reducing your garage clutter and creating a beautiful and practical garage space.
Organizing a garage is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Depending on the size and shape of your space, you may only have room to add storage up above. Here, a suspended shelving system adds extra storage and reduces clutter down below.
Create an Overflow Pantry
So, we all wish we could have an oversized pantry to fit every odd and end from our kitchen, but sometimes that's not practical. Instead, decor your garage to be multi-purpose and add a storage unit for your pantry items.
If your garage is not climate controlled, only store shelf-stable items or paper goods outside where they can't parish.
Keep Garage Knick Knacks in Order
One of the fastest ways to make a garage look untidy is by having a bunch of random knick-knacks laying around. Invest in stackable storage bins to keep everything in order and easily accessible.
Opt for Clear Bins
A well-organized space is only as good as its functionality. If you are constantly digging through your garage storage, invest in clear bins instead of opaque ones. This way it's easier to find exactly what you need without ruining your organizational system.
Make a Plant Station
Even if you don't have a green thumb, there are many houseplants you can add to your home to brighten up the space and bring life to every room. Create a plant station in your garage to store all of your plant must-haves.
Utilize the Wall Space
If you don't have the space required to add a lot of extra shelving units, look to the wall instead. Add hooks and install bins directly on the wall to give yourself extra storage space to keep everything in order.
Design a Mud Room
No mudroom? No problem. Create a landing pad outside of your garage door to give yourself a place to store muddy boots, soggy coats, and more.
Though you can create a mudroom in any garage, you may want to invest in adding climate control to make it more comfortable.
Store Off-Season Clothes
Keep your closet organized by swapping out off-season clothes every quarter. Just be sure to invest in airtight storage totes to avoid mold or mites in your clothes.
Keep Sports Equipment in Line
Loose sports equipment not only adds unnecessary clutter to your garage but can also become a trip hazard. Place an open storage container in your garage for easy access to basketballs and footballs while also saving space (and your ankle).
Carve Out a Workbench
A workbench is a must for anyone who likes to tackle a lot of DIY projects. Instead of lugging your tools inside or to the driveway every time, carve out space to create a workbench in your garage.
For easy access to your tools, install a magnetic strip so you can hang them at eye-level.
You probably store a whole lot of random extras in your garage, so make it easier on yourself when you are looking for that drop cloth by ensuring everything is nicely organized. Bonus point: Make a list of every item in each bin before you pack it away.
Finding a place to store luggage in your home can be near impossible, so instead hang shelves in your garage and place it there. Just be sure it's high enough up that it won't get ruined by moisture or pests.
Instead of bins that are clunky and hard to reach, consider installing pull-out drawers. This is a great idea if the stuff you're storing in your garage is stuff you'll need to access frequently.
Decorate With Baskets
Who says garage storage has to be ugly? Swap out plastic bins for aesthetically pleasing baskets and place them right before you enter your home. This is a great way to store cold-weather gear or rain gear right where you need it.
When it comes to organizing your home, pegboard is one of the most versatile materials you can buy. Not only is it pretty to look at, but it's perfect for hanging up a variety of tools and must-haves.
Install an extra large sheet of pegboard to store all of your rakes and other large-scale items, just be sure it's well secured into the wall.
Hang Garden Tools
Don't let your outdoor equipment pile up in the order of your garage. Instead, install a wall hook to neatly store everything you need to keep your lawn in tip-top shape.
Use a track system to store awkwardly placed items at different heights in your garage.
Dedicate a Whole Wall
If you have the space, why not create a robust storage system across an entire wall. This not only gives you counter space for projects, but you'll also have a variety of storage options for everything you need to keep in your garage.
Keep Tools in Place
Instead of a toolbox, place your tools right where you can easily reach them. This will ensure you always have a home for every one of your tools and they never go missing next time you need to tackle a small house project.
Keep Bikes Upright
Bikes take up so much floor space in your garage. Instead, invest in a storage system to hang them from the wall or your garage ceiling and keep them neat and tidy.
Store Heavy Items on the Bottom
If you decide to add a large storage shelf to your garage, be sure to store the heaviest stuff on the bottom. Place the items you rarely use up top and everything you need to access frequently right at eye-level.
Keep Cords in Order
Don't let messy extension cords trip you up when you're pulling into the garage. Instead, hang them up on the wall and neatly wrap them tightly to avoid any knots.
This is also a great idea for Christmas lights or anything else that gets tangled up in your garage.