Your garage is a hardworking space. It's where you keep your sports equipment, your tools, your gardening supplies, your out-of-season decorations. How in the world are you supposed to keep all that stuff organized — and maybe even make room for your car? Here are 23 inspiring ideas.
Above: A workbench with plenty of wall-mounted shelving above, spotted on BHG. In the garage, as in other parts of the house, using the walls is a great way to add the storage you need and contain clutter.
This tutorial from Jay's Custom Creations shows you how to create shelving to add storage above the garage door.
The folks at A Bowl Full of Lemons added storage above their garage door and in between the parking spots.
Also from A Bowl Full of Lemons comes this super-comprehensive wall-mounted system that uses drawers and tubs to hold pretty much anything you can imagine.
And don't neglect your ceiling — this ceiling-mounted storage system from The Family Handyman would be great for lighter items, like sports equipment or holiday decorations.
Marji from Ashbee Designs used PVC pipes to organize tools in her garage.
A wall-mounted pegboard provides a versatile way to store garden tools, as seen on Good Housekeeping. Bins of a shelf above provide storage for loose items.
Or try a slatwall system, as seen on A Beautiful Mess. Slatwall systems have a variety of accessories, like these baskets, that are perfect for smaller items.
You can use scrap wood to make brackets to easily hang lawn chairs up and out of the way. Full instructions on The Family Handyman.
This folding workbench from Bench Solutions is a great way to add a workspace to a garage without a lot of extra space.
If you have a lot of tools to keep straight, try a pegboard wall, like this hardworking one from The Creativity Exchange.
A slatwall system is another great way to organize tools, as spotted on BHG.
Also from BHG, here's a handy solution for keeping track of drill bits.
You can make this tool rack with a DIY from Popular Woodworking.
A shoe holder is great for organizing spray paint, as seen on hi sugarplum!.
From The Family Handyman: use large hooks to hang a ladder on the wall. (Remember to drill into a stud!)
Bungee cords are great for corralling sports equipment, as seen on Designed to Dwell.
From The Family Handyman: use wire shelves to organize fishing poles.
From The Family Handyman, step-by-step instructions for hanging recycling bins to keep them from cluttering up the garage floor.
A folding table makes a perfect potting table, as seen on Mallardville Manor.
Mount a bucket on the wall to store your house, as seen on Martha Stewart.
And finally, a wall-mounted bike storage system spotted on I Heart Organizing.
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