We'll be the first to admit that the idea of garage organization doesn't exactly get our blood pumping or our creativity sparking—it tends to be one of those annual chores that we love to avoid as long as possible. However, the very fact of a major garage cleanout becoming a summertime ritual just points to the fact that you might not be using the space in the most efficient and effective way—if you have organizational systems in place that are really working for you, you won't be faced with a herculean task every August. Want to get your garage whipped into shape once and for all? We're here to help.
As one of those de facto storage spaces (much like its cousin, the basement), garages often become dumping grounds for anything muddy, messy, or bulky that just doesn't fit elsewhere in the home. This comes with pitfalls—it can easily be a space you prefer to avoid, thanks to the chaotic arrangement of lawn chemicals, deflated bike tubes, and half-finished DIY projects. But this also means that if your garage gets a facelift and starts actually *working* for you and your family, there's a good chance it'll make your home life easier throughout the house. (An organized system for tools, for instance, means less reason to put off essential repairs, which can save money and frustration over time.)
No matter what you're looking to store in your garage—from bikes to power tools to gardening supplies—there's a storage and organization system for you. Click through for our favorite space-saving (and sanity-saving) ideas for the most hardworking part of your home—the garage.
Get It Gleaming
Garages have a reputation of being dark, dingy, and not that pleasant to spend time in. So if your laundry setup is situated in the garage, avoiding the garage can end up becoming just one more reason to put off doing this weekly chore. This bright, functional laundry space totally reimagines what we picture when we hear the phrase "laundry in garage", however, thanks to gleaming cabinetry, ample storage and drying space, and even a mini-mudroom in the form of a bench for boots and outdoor gear. Subway tile and a speckled floor covering lends a more "indoor" vibe to the space, making it nothing short of enticing to do your weekly washing.
Organize By Use
Part of the difficulty of organizing a garage is that it's expected to do so many things—hold lawn and garden equipment, keep shoes and boots organized, store seasonal items...the list goes on and on. If this shelf system looks familiar, its probably because you've seen it used indoors or in closets—but it's actually a garage MVP, as well. Large shelves for shoes mingle with hooks for bike helmets and clusters of cubbies for cleaning supplies, weed killer, and more. But the best part is that it holds those essentials that are easy to forget—reusable water bottles, rain boots, and folding chairs. It's basically a landing pad (or launch pad, depending whether you're coming or going) for your home, before you even step inside.
Make Room For Hobbies
Do a double-take: yep, this space is a garage. Tricked out with a workspace and an impressive display case for the homeowner's collection of guitars, it feels more like a cool-kid clubhouse than a place to park dirty bikes and lawnmowers. Bright overhead lights help the space feel crisp and clean, while the glass-front cabinets protect these impressive axes from the elements.
There's no need to rush out and buy a bunch of organizing gizmos to get your garage in check. This space does more with less, making use of everyday bins, shelves, and wall hooks to keep things clutter-free. The difference is in the details, however: Transfers or stickers can be used to label the bins so you don't have to drag them off the top shelf every time you're searching for something. And clear plastic bins equipped with wheels snuggle in right under the shelf to keep basketballs and other sport equipment from rolling underfoot (or under the car).
Make It Feel Like Home
Function and fashion don't need to be in conflict. If you live in a home where you regularly enter through the garage, dress it up a bit to make your first few minutes at home feel welcoming. This oversized entryway bench organizer is backless, allowing it to sit snugly against the wall (and let essential outlets and light switches show through). A durable woven fiber rug cozies up the space while keeping shoes mud-free, and perhaps most essentially, a special stroller hanger helps keep pathways clear until it's time to stroll.
Make A Place For Everything With Pegboard
Pegboard is definitely the unsung hero of any well-organized garage space. Not only does this modular, versatile system make it adaptable for just about anything you need to organize, but it also creates a refreshing and cohesive look when painted, too.
Feeling bold? Try tricking out your pegboard in a dark jewel tone or even matte black paint to make your tools and other necessities really "pop".
Sift Through Your Seasonal Stuff
If you're still storing seasonal items like holiday decorations in your basement or closet, it's time for an intervention. Putting them in the garage (where, chances are, you have more space to spread them out and separate them by time of year) makes much more sense. This shelving system with clear bins makes it easy to see what items are for the holidays and which are for springtime, at a glance.
Tidy Up Your Timber
If you have a woodworker in the family, your storage needs may look a *bit* different than the average home's. Storing planks, dowels, and other cut pieces of wood overhead not only keeps them up off the ground where moisture can warp or damage them., but it prevents the classic clatter of a bunch of planks sliding to the floor suddenly, too—which means fewer accidents during those weekend woodworking projects.
Storing bikes is no easy feat. If you rely on just their kickstand, you run the risk of causing a domino-effect when one starts to tip. But if you store them suspended from the ceiling (as many suggest), it's just one more hurdle between you and taking that spontaneous weekend ride. The solution? Store them vertically. They'll be off the floor and out of the way, but they're easy to pull down if the mood strikes you.
Practice The Laws Of Attraction
The garage hack you didn't know you needed: using industrial strength magnets to put up baskets and shelves in seconds flat. Just attach to your "garage fridge", freezer, or any other metal surface for a super-quick weekend organizational project that you can switch up anytime. (We especially love this idea for baskets of gear you may want to pull off the wall and take on a day trip.)
Start A System
A French Cleat system can be the ultimate way to get your garage organized, no matter what you're trying to store. There are a variety of hooks, shelves and containers that fit into the "cleats" of these wooden or metal backings, so you can re-arrange as needed and make room for new items season after season.