Is your garage overrun with “stuff?” From bikes tipping over to deflated basketballs and soccer balls hiding in the corner to a floor littered with loose nails, nuts and bolts, it’s easy for your garage to become disorganized very quickly. If you can’t even fit your car into the garage because of all the clutter, then it’s time to get serious about finding some foolproof storage solutions.
First, get rid of the unnecessary clutter–anything that’s broken or that you no longer use–if it’s in good condition, donate it! Now discover the best ways to store every item in your garage, from bigger items like bikes, shovels, rakes and folding chairs, to smaller stuff like tools and kids’ outdoor toys.
Create a Shelving System
Flexible, functional garage shelving is the best storage option for all types of items, like toys, painting supplies, tools and cleaning supplies. You can buy a traditional garage shelving system, which will hold everything from tools to bikes, or you can DIY your own solution with utility shelving and labeled plastic storage containers.
Use Bungee Cords to Secure Items to the Wall
Is there anything in the world more useful than some bungee cord? You could just toss balls and toys into a bin, but using bungee cords to keep them secure against your garage wall is a much more efficient use of space.
Mount Your Bikes Onto the Wall
An easy way to store your bike (or bikes) is with a simple hook. This idea takes advantage of your garage’s vertical storage space. It also makes it easy to take down one bike at a time, rather than trying to get one out from the bottom of a bike pile (you know they always topple over on each other). If you’re worried that your hook won’t be able to hold a bike’s weight, this hook can hold up to 50 pounds of weight, which should be more than enough for the average bike.
Use PVC Pipe to Store Rakes and Brooms
Storing gardening tools, like rakes, and cleaning equipment, like brooms, is a pain. If you don’t secure them against a wall, they could end up in a pile on the floor, which is both unsafe and ugly. By securing them to the wall with PVC pipes, they’re accessible for when you need them, but out of the way when you don’t.
Install a Slat Wall
No garage workstation is complete without a pegboard or a slat wall. The grid makes is easier to customize your storage space for what you actually use in your garage, and it makes it easy to find what you’re looking for quickly.