DIY Garage Organization Ideas

We’re currently in the process of de-cluttering our garage. Again. There some stuff that we’ve been storing in the front room (which is now being transformed into the nursery) that’s moving to the garage, and some stuff from the garage that’s going to be sold. Although de-cluttering is always quite the process, in the end it’ll be worth it! Right? RIGHT!

So when RST Brands contacted me regarding publishing their article on garage organization, I knew it was the perfect fit! They’ve got seven fabulous ideas here – check them out!

The garage seems to attract clutter like a moth to light. Without even trying, it can get so messy that your car doesn’t even fit anymore.

It doesn’t have to be this way! Garage organization is achievable, and you don’t have to throw out all your tools and toys or spend thousands on renovations, either.

Here are 7 simple DIY organization ideas that will help you take back your garage and turn it into a space where you’re proud to park your car!

1. Utilize vertical space

To truly organize your garage, you need to think in terms of vertical space. Every inch of wall offers storage possibilities. For example, any items that are used rarely can be stored up high out of reach. If you need quick access to a tool, hang it on the wall at eye level.


2. Take advantage of studs (and the space between studs) for easy storage

Studs present an easy opportunity for organizing your stuff. For example, nail a board between two studs, and all of a sudden you have space to store your shovels or fishing rods. You can even install shelves into the space between the studs to store little odds and ends or toys.

3. Hang bicycles from walls and the ceiling

Tired of tripping over bicycles in your garage? Thankfully, bicycles can easily be stored out of the way by hanging them on the wall. Remember those studs? Install some simple hooks and hang your bicycles up and out of the way. If you’re even more strapped for space, hang them from the ceiling.

4. Install a pegboard or flow wall for easy, customizable organization

Pegboards or flow walls are great ways to take advantage of vertical space. The best part about them is that they’re customizable, so you can create your own system that works for you. Hang your favorite tools where you need them for quick access. Easily put in as many shelves as you need. And if you want to rearrange your system or add something new to the mix, it’s as easy as moving pegs around.

5. Organize with plastic bins and shelves

For many of us, our garages are used almost exclusively as a storage space. If you don’t want your stuff to get permanently lost in the cluttered recesses of your garage, create a system using well-labeled plastic storage bins and shelving stacked to the ceiling. Organize your stuff by function, date, or some other category; finding them months or years later will be a cinch.

6. Build a fold-up work bench

If you use your garage as a workshop, you can save on space by building a fold-up work bench. This easy DIY project enables you to create a workspace that you can move out of the way when you’re not using it.

Garage Interior

7. Magnetic strips for tools

Looking for a cool way to store your tools? Install a magnetic strip along the wall in your garage. Putting your tools away will be as easy as slapping it onto the wall (as long as they’re made of metal).

Organizing your garage doesn’t have to be a pain! Try out some of these DIY garage organization ideas. You’ll be surprised at how much extra space you’ll have–you may even be able to fit your car back in!

Hayden Beck is a freelance writer who contributes content to multiple online publications. He is passionate about interior and exterior design. He has recently worked with Flow Wall to help individuals learn about garage organization tips and products. When Hayden is not writing, he enjoys traveling and doing things outdoors.

Thanks so much to Hayden Beck and RST Brands for the fantastic ideas! A pegboard is definitely on our list now – I know that will be extremely helpful! Tell me, does YOUR garage need any organizing?

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23 thoughts on “DIY Garage Organization Ideas

  1. We need to tackle our garage. As soon as the weather warms up (it snowed this past week even though it’s April), that’s on my list of projects to tackle. We really need to add a magnetic strip!

  2. This sounds really great. I don’t have a garage, but if I did these would be very helpful. I know a few people who are struggling with garage cleaning right now and this will be helpful for them.

  3. My garage needs a lot of help. I will have to try this on the weekend. I plan on having everything organized by Sunday.

  4. Aside from the tips, I love the examples shown here. It’s all very organized. Taking advantage of wall space really helps especially when you have a lot of tools around.

  5. Some wonderful tips to organize the garage & yours looks pretty good. I think it is time I put myself in to cleaning my garage as it has been almost a year since we touched it!

  6. I love the idea of hanging you bikes and using magnetic strips for your tools. Those are 2 really great space savers. Going to recommend the magnetic strip idea to my husband. I’m sure he’ll love it.

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