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Feb 24 2015
3 years ago
1:29 PM MDT

NINE Tips to Organize a Messy Garage

Feb 24, 2015 @ 1:29 PM MDT
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Ready to tackle serious garage organization?

Take note of these easy real life tips and strategies to keep your garage space functional and organized. My family tends to accumulate a lot of “stuff” including camping & sporting equipment, tools, bikes, holiday décor items, boxes, deep freezers, and all the other things that come along with an active family. It’s a miracle I can park one car in a tight two car garage, but here’s how I do it..

Yard Sale Hip2Save

1. Host a Yard Sale.

PURGE! Get rid of unused and unwanted items through donation or hold a garage sale. The less you have, the easier it is to organize. 😄

Hanging Garage Organizing System Hip2Save

2. Install hanging overhead racks for bins & large items.

This is a great way to utilize wall and ceiling space and to get as many bins off the floor as possible (I placed all my camping and holiday bins on these racks since I do not need to access the items regularly). I recently installed 7 of these adjustable overhead garage storage systems –  it’s amazing how much more floor space is now available.

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3. Purchase overhead Storage Hangers.

Use these overhead storage hangers (also found at your local home improvement store) to easily hang bikes, cords, scooters, and tools and to get them off the ground.

Adjustable garage shelving Hip2Save

4. Invest in Shelving.

Either build your own shelves or buy easy to assemble shelving for bins, boxes and larger items. Try these adjustable shelving units that can be placed vertically or side by side to create a workbench like I did above.

Labeling Garage Contents Hip2Save

5. Use Labels!

Label bins and boxes to easily identify contents and to help kids know where to put things back.

Pegboard for Tool Organization Hip2Save

6. Add Pegboard(s).

Pegboards and pegboard accessories from Amazon or the hardware store offer great ways to easily organize hand tools and smaller garage items.

Hanging broom & tool organizing Hip2Save

7. Get Tools off the Ground.

Get brooms, mops, and lawn tools off the ground with a hanging organizing system like this one.

Wall Mounted Hooks for hanging latters and tools Hip2Save

8. Hang ladders.

Hang ladders and larger tools with convenient heavy duty wall mounted hangers. I like this inexpensive Everbilt 4 in. Handy Hook from Home Depot.

Scrapwood Organizer above garage door Hip2Save

9. Utilize Space Above Garage Doors.

My husband built a simple overhead organizer to hold extra scrap wood and wood flooring.

Do you have any garage organization tips or ideas? Share with us in the comments!

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime!

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