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Have a messy garage?

Tackling a project like a garage can seem overwhelming! The good news is it’s extremely rewarding to clean and organize with these easy tips, and it’ll make your space so much more functional and efficient. I know this because organizing my own garage has been a struggle until I implemented these tips. My family tends to accumulate a lot of things like tools, sports equipment, holiday decor, etc. Now, we can actually park in our garage, too – yippee!

Here are some REAL LIFE (not staged for Pinterest) easy tips to get your garage back on track!

yard sale tables covered in clothing

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. 😄 Need help with purging? Check out our declutter checklist!


garage hanging storage shelves

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

This is a great way to use 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 don’t need to access the items regularly). I recently installed seven of these adjustable overhead garage storage systems – it’s amazing how much more floor space is now available.


hanging shelves with bikes and tires

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 to get them off the ground.


 organized garage shelves

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 as I did above.


storage buckets marked with contents inside

5. Use labels.

Label bins and boxes to easily identify contents and to help kids (and adults) see where items belong.


tools on a pegboard wall

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.


tools hanging on a garage wall

7. Get tools off the ground.

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


tools hanging from a garage wall alongside a shop vac

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.


storing wood on the ceiling of the garage

9. Use the space above garage doors.

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


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