Garage Storage Ideas to Make the Most of Every Inch of Space

Yes, you can have a garage that looks this clean and tidy. Start deciding what to do with all that extra space. (Photo: Getty Images)

The best garage storage ideas don’t just clear the way for you to park your car. (Though we know that’s a pretty huge accomplishment in and of itself.) Smart garage organization can actually help you do the things you want to do better and more conveniently, whether it’s maintaining your home and your car, shooting hoops down the driveway or decorating for the holidays.

According to, well, survey after survey of Americans, a lot of people have a garage that is too cluttered with junk to be used for its main purpose – that is, parking your vehicle out of the weather – not to mention additional uses like a personal gym or home workshop. The garage is by far the most cluttered and least used space in our homes. After all, you can just drop the door and ignore the mess. But it doesn’t have to take a lot of time or effort to make it your favorite “room” in the house.

Just like when organizing a closet or pantry, the first step is always to get rid of things you no longer need. Once you’ve set them aside to sell at a yard sale, give them away, or throw them away, it’s time to sweep the floor (or break out the leaf blower). Now pat yourself on the back! When was the last time you saw this much polished concrete?

Then look at what’s left. What does that say about you? Do you want to spend more time gardening or playing with your children? Now is the time to set yourself up to do it. Enter these garage storage systems and solutions. You don’t have to go all out on HGTV. Just sort what you have, then put it away smartly.

Ready to achieve your garage goals? Decide how you want to use your carport and get started with these storage and organization ideas. Or go crazy and mix and match to create the ultimate multipurpose space.

Objective of the organization of the garage: sports center

To master your gang’s gear, give it a boost. Balls, bats, clubs and wheels trap dirt and cobwebs when you leave them on the floor. Raise them and they will stay cleaner. Bonus: you’ll be better able to see the coins you need when you’re ready to play.

Stagger the heights when hanging these grip hooks to allow commercial ends to lay flat on the wall without bumping into each other. If your kids are moving on to another sport, you can donate the equipment and remove the hooks from the wall without any damage.

“Great for the intended use,” says a critic. “Various brooms and the like kept on closet wall, removed and replaced regularly, no problems. Excellent.”

Champion’s mesh sports bags keep sports balls together at home and easy to load into the car for a trip to the park or the beach. They are also lightweight and machine washable. To help keep them clean (and keep balls easily in sight), hang them on wall hooks. Feel free to add mitts, protective pads and other gear.

Bikes are space hogs, and debris likes to hang around their wheels. Keep your vehicle and the floor cleaner by attaching them to the wall. This nifty rack even has hooks for helmets and a shelf where you can line up all your bike maintenance supplies.

Garage Organization Goal: Workshop Wonder

If you’re the type to fix yourself, you owe yourself a command center. It’s below you to search for a Phillips screwdriver in the junk drawer every time you need it, isn’t it? Set up a corner of your garage to neatly organize all your VIP tools and supplies.

This amazing pegboard comes with everything you need to organize all your tools, like a hardware store. To really trick it, trace the outlines of your tools onto the surface in a paint pen. That way, you’ll always know where to put them back and can easily spot missing wrenches and pliers.

You may have seen a utility store desk like this in a warehouse, but you can also have one at home. It is easy to mount on the wall and incredibly practical. Store pencils and permanent markers, project instructions, manuals and contractors invoices inside for all your outdoor projects.

A sturdy five-gallon bucket is essential for emptying the boiler, carrying tools, cleaning the floor and much more. It’s also a great place to store your car wash supplies. The handles of inexpensive models can break or be very uncomfortable to carry. The Huck Performance Bucket is a good investment and/or the perfect gift for Father’s Day. It comes in a rainbow of colors in addition to the original blue.

Garage Organization Goal: Garden District

When you’re well organized, it’s easier to let your green thumb run free. These smart gardening essentials store your tools when not in use and make them easy to transport around the yard.

This sturdy garden hose cart goes with you around the yard and won’t let you down when you roll it up. Plus, it’s easy to roll inside the garage when you’re done – and don’t forget to detach the hose from the faucet, which can help prevent water damage when it’s cold.

“It’s such a lifesaver with our pipe,” says a happy customer. “Having to move the front pipe was a PAIN. With this now we can easily move it from one side of the house to the other. We can also bring it inside for the winter. Highly recommend to everybody.”

A binder filled with clear divider sheets like these, with packet-sized pockets, is the best way to hold your seed collection. You can see them easily and sort them by season, color or preferred sun exposure.

Garage Organization Goal: Party Headquarters

If your closet looks like Santa’s workshop, you might want to move the whole operation to the garage. Save your primo space for items you use every day and give special occasion items a new home.

A high place, like the ceiling, is great for items you only need to access once a year (think that inflatable Santa and his sleigh team). -install the pulley system.

Go ahead, take a look: clear boxes like these allow you to see what’s inside without looking cluttered or messy on the shelf. The holiday color scheme also immediately signals what’s inside. Pro tip: Buy smaller containers so they don’t get too heavy – you’ll be less likely to drop and break your fragile keepsakes.

Your future self will thank you when you spend the holidays decorating, not unraveling. These smart spools for string lights or extension cords help prevent tangles, not to mention make it easy to light up the tree and porch railing. They also help them last longer. Just like your phone charger, they are more likely to fray when wrapped tightly around themselves. The included stuff sack also helps protect contents from dust and wear and tear.

The reviews quoted above reflect the most current versions at the time of publication.

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