Tools, sports equipment, that old lamp you're never going to use again - garages are often a place where 'anything goes'. It's easy to see why - unlike the living room, kitchen or bedroom, other than parking, garages don't have a specific purpose.
Well, today's the day to finally give them one. We're sharing 15 garage organisation ideas to help you completely transform your space. Imagine what you'll be able to do with all that extra space - craft or DIY projects, a games room, or even just being able to park without the assault course.
Sound good? Let's get started.
1. Garage ceiling track storage
Think your garage has room for a car but little else? Think again!
Ceiling track storage will give you a whole other level to use for organising all sorts of things. To make things easier, be strict with what you store in each storage box and label them before putting them up.
2. Corner shelving
Corner shelving is a great addition to any room, and the garage is no exception. No matter how little space you have, you'll be able to purchase or make a corner shelf that squeezes into your space.
Store paint pots, tools, and tape on individual shelves to keep everything in your garage neat and tidy.
3. Wall wheelbarrow storage
Most of us have a wheelbarrow in the garage (whether we actually use them or not!) They can be extremely useful (for that one day a year when you decide to tidy the garden) however they're pretty bulky and take up a lot of space.
Hang your wheelbarrow! All you need are two short planks of wood and some basic DIY skills. Get your wheelbarrow out of the way by following the video above.
4. Garage organisation using a magnetic strip
Magnetic knife racks - how we love them.
Despite the name, magnetic knife racks are not useful in the kitchen alone. They're great for streamline storage in the office, bathroom, and yes, you guessed it, the garage too.
Pop a few up on the wall and you'll be able to create your own garage organisation system. Attach tools, and place smaller items like nails and screws in metal-topped jars and you'll be able to attach those too.
Be sure to check out our other uses for magnetic knife racks too!
5. Workshop bench on wheels
Are you into your DIY? Then what you need in your garage, is a rolling workshop.
A workshop bench on wheels in the ultimate in garage organisation. It gives you a solid surface to work on, plenty of storage for tools, plus, you can push it to one side when not in use.
You can even wheel it outside during the Summer months to enjoy the sunshine whilst knocking up your newest DIY project.
6. Purpose-built tool cabinet
If money is no object, why not invest in a purpose-built tool cabinet?
If you want a garage that really wows, there's no better option when it comes to storage. Purpose-built tool cabinets vary in size (and price!) so you're sure to find something perfect to suit your needs.
Whether you're into carpentry, metalwork or decorating, there's a storage solution out there for you.
7. Tidy car washing supplies
There's one thing most garages have - car washing supplies. Where do you keep yours? Scattered across the floor? Squished into a corner? No idea?
There's only one place you should be keeping them - in a bucket attached to the wall. A simple hook is all you need to keep your car washing supplies clean and out of the way.
Who knew garage organisation could be this simple?
8. Get organised with a pegboard
Pegboards are another hero product we couldn't live without. Our favourite comes from IKEA, thanks to the array of add-ons available.
With buckets, shelves and hooks available to attach to your pegboard, the options really are endless and you'll be able to find a space for all your bits and bobs, big and small.
Knock one up on your wall today and clear that garage clutter for good!
9. How to hang your garden chairs
Leaving garden furniture out all year round will damage it over time. Help it last longer by storing it in the garage.
Worried about space? There's no need.
These wall storage hooks from A Place For Everything are ideal for keeping your patio chairs out of the weather, and the way!
10. Tool tower
Brushes, forks and shovels - they're garage essentials (especially if you're into gardening).
If leaning them against the wall isn't cutting it, try a tool tower. These will keep everything upright and out of the way and prevent them from clattering around.
11. Why you need a bike hook
Into cycling? Whether you're a serious road-cyclist or just have the kids old mountain bikes knocking about, bikes take up room and make your garage look messy.
The solution is easy - hang them.
Bike hooks are surprisingly strong and a cheap and easy bike storage solution.
12. High shelving
Shelving doesn't have to be low down to make it functional. If your car takes up most the room in your garage, using the space up high could really change the way you're able to use your garage.
Line the circumference of your garage walls with high shelving - it doesn't have to be anything fancy. Then, use plastic storage boxes and labels to organise everything from wellies to spare parts. Hang a ladder up on the wall, and you're all set.
13. Ball cage
Many years of sporting activities (plus all that fun in the sun) will have no doubt left you with enough balls to rival the nearest football ground!
Don't let them bounce all over the place - knock up an easy-peasy DIY ball cage to keep them all in one place using 100 Things 2 Do's tutorial. Now the kids will have no excuses for leaving them lying around.
14. Hanging tape
"Has anyone seen the masking tape?" A hanging tape storage solution will mean you'll never lose it again.
A hook and a coat hanger is all you need to get started. Cut the suit hanger where it joins at the edge, then slide your tape rolls on. Use superglue to reseal it, hang on the wall with a hook, and you've got your very own tape dispenser.
15. Upcycle an old palette
Last but not least on our list of garage organisation ideas involves an old palette. If you don't have any hanging around, you can pick them up for free from most warehouses or building sites.
All you need to do is saw off a few of the front planks, and nail your palette to the wall. Now, place your brooms, spades and forks inside. It's also the perfect place to store spare planks of wood.
Who'd have thought it?
How do you organise your garage? Share your ideas with us in the comments below.