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11 Simple Ways to Organize Your Garage

1. Shelves and Bins

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Use open shelves and clear, open or labeled bins so you can see everything you have easily, which means you’ll save time finding the items you need.

2. Go Vertical

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Use peg boards to store lightweight tools and other like items, and add shelves and organizers to group items by function. Build shelves and put hooks beneath the shelves to free up the floor space.

3. Use Bungee Cords to Store balls

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This is way better than crates and totes. You can see every ball and reach between the cords to pull out just the one you need.

4. Old PVC Pipe Is The Perfect Way to Store Shovels, Rakes, Hoes, ETC.

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5. Use a paper towel dispenser for large rolls of black garbage bags

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6. Labels are Key

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How many times have we looked through box after box wondering which one had the Christmas lights.

7. Suspended Shelving

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No matter how big your garage, it just seems like there is never enough space! This is where using the air space above your vehicles comes in handy for holiday decorations, sports equipment, or other seasonal items that only need to be used once or twice a year.

8. Utilize Corners

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Larger items like the lawn mower can be stored in the corners of your garage so they won’t get bumped by your car (and vice versa).

9. Organize Your Garage into Zones

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You likely have multiple uses for your garage and a variety of things to store there. Divide that space into six distinct zones and it’ll be easier to find things and put them away faster. And maybe even have room in your garage for your car.

10. Reuse

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A classic “reuse” is to use an old rake head as hooks. Also, jars with screw-top lids that help organize small items like nails, screws, and other odds and ends. Attach the jar lids to the bottom of a shelf, then screw in the jars to the lids. You now have storage that saves space and keeps everything visible.

11. Start Purging!

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Be ruthless in this step. Try to commit to getting rid of 50% of the stuff in your space. Even if you don’t get rid of that much, making the effort will go a long way. To purge, start by making four piles: keep, donate, trash, recycle. As you purge, place each item into its respective category. Get rid of anything that is broken or things you haven’t used in over a year. Return items that don’t belong to you or belong somewhere else other than the garage. Get rid of duplicates. Remember…you’re trying to organize your garage…how many hammers, screws, brooms, basketballs, bats and rakes do you really need? If you’re having trouble getting rid of stuff remember to ask yourself these questions: Do I love it? Do I use it? Have I used it in the last year? Do I really need it? If not…put them in the donate, trash or recycle piles. Donating items is a wonderful thing because you’re giving someone else the chance to enjoy and appreciate your items.

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