Aug
23
2014

Garage Organization

Garage Organization

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As a household who loves to DIY projects nearly every weekend, it’s a little shameful that our garage has been a disorganized mess lately. Take a look and see for yourself.

unorganized garage
unorganized garage

Calamity. We’ve been putting off addressing the issue until we get the wood paneling out and put in new drywall, but I finally had enough when I kept tripping on things and couldn’t find items I had just purchased. I needed to be able to work and be organized. New drywall would have been great, but I firmly believe in making the most of things as is, right now. So, we took the plunge.

Typically I work in the small storage room in the garage or outside, both of which are equally hot. When thinking of how to revamp our garage to amp up our storage, I knew I wanted storage that didn’t take up floor space, was versatile should our needs change, and held the vast variety of tools and supplies we use. I also wanted to be in the garage in a spot with plenty of natural light. We decided to focus on two storage solutions: slat walls and peg boards. Both of those options offer lots of hooks, baskets and other accessories to make the most of our wall space.

Here’s my new and improved garage space! It’s never looked this good, and although the wood paneling is still in there, the space is definitely brighter and better utilized.

Functional Garage Makeover
tools hanging on peg board

I look forward to easily being able to grab paint brushes when working on projects or painting trim work. Before, I ran around trying to remember where I put them.

hanging paint brushes

All the peg board accessories make it easy to create a custom storage solution as opposed to buying a large, expensive tool chest. You buy what you need knowing you can always buy more later. The accessories will always fit, so it’s an affordable investment for any garage or workshop. My personal favorite are the mini baskets—they hold so much!

hanging screw drivers

Using larger baskets (DIY tip: make sure your slat wall can hold the weight contents of larger baskets by securing the slat wall to studs) can be a great way to hold larger items like power tools. Before we’d constantly be trying to figure out where one of us left the power drill or the jigsaw, and now all these tools have a proper place that makes them accessible.

While we definitely added a lot of storage, sometimes removing things can make a big difference, too. Removing the door to the storage closet makes the space feel more open and brighter. An unexpected perk is that now the corner of the garage isn’t blocked by the door and can be better utilized. We’ll likely add a wall rack for rakes, brooms, etc. soon.

garage closet

Overall, this space will help us be more productive DIY weekend warriors. The desk/work bench is actually an old desk I was going to sell on Craigslist. The height and storage cubbies made it an ideal work bench, so remember to look inside your home for items to use before you buy. This saved us a couple hundred dollars.

work bench

And no space of mine would be finished without a cute Pee Wee photo. It’ll make me smile as I am out in the garage working hard to beautify our home. I hope these garage storage ideas and solutions that can be found at True Value help you tackle your garage. If you can’t add more square feet to your space, using walls is a great way to make the most of every inch. Happy DIY-ing!

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