5 Easy Ways to Organize a Messy Garage

Dreading the overflowing mess in your garage? Utilize the tips below to help transform your chaotic space into an organized haven. Learn how to tackle decluttering strategies, explore storage solutions, and reveal excellent hacks to maximize space. Get ready to reclaim your garage and finally ditch the frustration of lost tools and overflowing bins. Let's do this!

Cluttered Garage

Tip #1: Declutter with Ease

Start by taking everything out of the garage and sorting through it. Be honest with yourself about what you need and use. Get rid of anything that is broken, unused, or unwanted. When sorting, implement a one-touch rule and establish a "keep," "toss," "sell," and "donate" pile. If you haven't used it in a year (or won't use it next season), it goes in a designated pile for immediate action.

You can also get the family involved. Assign each person a zone and offer rewards for participation. It can be a fun and productive bonding experience. Additionally, avoid creating a "maybe" pile. It becomes a black hole for indecision. If you're unsure, lean toward letting it go.

Deep Clean the Garage

Tip #2: Deep Clean the Space

Once you've decluttered, it's time to give the garage a good cleaning. Sweep the floors, cobwebs, and dust. You may also want to hose down or scrub the floor if it's stained or dirty.

Use Vertical Space

Tip #3: Maximize Vertical Storage Space

Use vertical space and free up counter and floor space while keeping tools organized with pegboards or pre-drilled tool racks. If using hanging containers, label each slot for easy identification and avoid having to dig through a toolbox. Consider a wall-mounted hose reel, or hose pot for storing garden hoses. Another way to create more storage space is to install overhead storage solutions. Hanging shelves or systems near the ceiling are great for storing seasonal items while increasing floor space and getting seasonal items out of the way.

Sunnydaze Garage StorageTip #4: Add Additional Storage

Once you’ve organized, added pegboard storage, and installed wall-mounted shelving consider adding additional cabinetry around the perimeter of the garage for commonly accessed bins, tools, kids’ toys, and lawn care items. Store outdoor pillows and cushions in a deck storage box for patio cushions and pillows. This is also a good time to purchase bins with lids and color-code them according to what’s inside. Assign a specific color bin for different categories like gardening, car care, or sporting equipment. This makes grabbing what you need a breeze and adds a pop of visual interest. You should also invest in clear storage bins whenever possible. This also allows you to see what's inside without having to open every container, saving you time and frustration.

Tip #5: Repurpose Furniture and Boxes for Storage

If there is no room in the budget for additional shelving or bins, repurpose old bookshelves, dressers or kitchen cabinets for storing garage items. This creates an excellent space to store smaller items, paint supplies, or folded camping chairs. If bins are also not in the budget, you can reinforce cardboard boxes for storing holiday decorations or other seasonal items. Just be sure to label them clearly for easy identification.

Bonus Tips: Maintaining an Organized Garage

Maintain the Garage

Tip #1: The One-In, One-Out Rule

For every new item you bring into the garage, get rid of something old. This helps prevent clutter from accumulating over time.

Tip #2: Designate Specific Drop Zones

Create specific areas for commonly used items like sports equipment or beach essentials. This prevents them from being scattered around the garage.

Tip #3: Schedule Regular Decluttering Sessions

Add quick decluttering sessions every few months to your calendar to address any potential new clutter to prevent having to do another long deep cleaning down the road.

By implementing these tips and tailoring them to your specific needs, you can transform your messy garage into a well-organized and functional space. Remember, progress over perfection! Start small, celebrate your achievements, and enjoy the newfound peace of mind a clutter-free garage can bring.

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About the Author

Alicia Bowe
Alicia Bowe
Alicia Bowe is a product specialist with a flair for interior design and outdoor decorating. By day, she actively researches, measures, and writes about all things Sunnydaze. By night, after her two kids are in bed, she spends time relaxing in the hammock swing on the patio with her water fountain running for a calming ambiance.

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