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Too Many Bikes and Surfboards in Your Garage? Organize and Clean up the Mess-Storage For Garage

Updated on July 15, 2014

Is your garage so messy that not only could you not park your car in it but you are not sure you could find it if you did? There are storage for garage solutions that will help you clean up and get organized, read on...

Do you need help on how to organize your garage so you can get the most value out of your space?  There are several steps that you can do to improve the usability and storage for your garage.

Before Storage for Garage
Before Storage for Garage

Statistics for why you need Storage for Garage:

82% - of people factor in the garage when buying a home

- of people enter their home through the garage

- of people with two car garages can't get a single car inside

- of people with two car garages can only fit one car inside

If you are looking for a step by step guide to better storage for your garage, here are 6 easy steps that will put you on the road to better organization and use of your garage.

1. Clean up the Mess

The very first step you have to take is "clean up the MESS!" It probably took years for you and your family to get it to this point but cleaning it up can be done much faster. It starts with some basic cleaning:

  • Sweeping
  • Dusting
  • Moping

If you will start here along with any type of cleaning that helps remove dirt and grime that has built up over the years, it soon starts to become easier to realize the type of storage for your garage you will need. Garage organization can only begin once you have a clean slate to work with.

2. Trash it or keep it

One of the hardest steps for most people is throwing away the trash. This does not always mean the obvious like paper and plastic but rather the items that are either broken, no longer used, or kept because you are sure it will come back in style one day. (We all know we are guilty)

You must decide which is just stuff you are storing and which is actually something worth collecting. You may need to bring in a friend or family member for support through this process. It can be very painful, but absolutely necessary.

Once you make complete this step you can see that organizing your garage might actually be possible. If you do come across items that are still usable but just not for you, you can always donate them. Some items that usually fall into this category would be old tools, car parts or equipment, and of course those unused lawn tools. You can possibly benefit with a tax credit and help someone else out in the process.

3. Separate into Groups

Once step two is completed, you will be able to separate what's left into groups or categories. This will allow you to prioritize them into an order that makes the most used, the most accessible and so on.

Here are some basic categories you might use in Storage for Garage:

  • Hand tools
  • Power tools
  • Automotive equipment
  • Lawn Equipment
  • Bikes and Sporting equipment
  • Outdoor gaming equipment
  • Fishing gear

Then you have to decide which you will need the easiest access to for your needs. Some items will be grouped and stored according to their season and these groups might need to be rotated during the year.

4. Determine Type of Storage for Garage

When it comes to garage storage solutions, there are a variety of options available to choose from. You might save a little money by building your own storage shelves or cabinets using wood, metal or plastic. Remember this can be very time consuming and you really need to add all the costs before deciding this is the best route to take. If you are not a skilled craftsman, you could end up spending more (much more) than if you bought storage options ready made.

If money is not an object, you can always go with custom made shelving and storage cabinets. These can look great and be built specifically to your needs. Just remember as time goes by you needs may change and with custom built storage, you might be stuck. Many garage storage options that are pre-made can be added to or rearranged fairly easily as your needs change.Flexibility can be more important than you think.

Here are some different types you might consider when choosing your garage storage:

  • Shelving for larger items to keep off of the floor
  • Drawers for smaller items that need to be kept together
  • Trays or Bins for hardware pieces
  • Cabinets with lockable doors for items you need to restrict access to
  • Racks for bikes, surfboards, skis and so on
  • Tool Racks for Hanging hand tools

These are just some examples of the different storage options that can help you organize your garage for maximum use.

5. Plan for Storage for Garage Organization

Once you have decided which type of storage for your garage, you will need to make a plan for the layout. Then you will also take the different groups you did in step three and come up with a plan on where or how they will fit into their respective storage units. If you will take the time to plan the layout, you will create the best use of your storage space.

6. Organize for Convenience

There are many decisions you have to make when you want to create the best storage for your garage. One of those is also determining what will make this not only about organization but also about adding convenience to your garage space.This basically means by organizing your garage, it should allow you to have quick and easy access to the things you need without having to dig through the mess.

Now that you have worked through this step by step guide on Storage for Your Garage, you can expect your garage to look more like the picture below.

Storage for Garage
Storage for Garage
Garage Storage Solutions
Garage Storage Solutions

Overhead Storage for Garage

When looking for garage storage solutions, overhead storage gives you space you may not realize you had.

It makes use of what many times gets wasted and can be done easily and affordably.

This is just another storage option to help you decrease the clutter and help you get more organized.

Bike Storage for Garage
Bike Storage for Garage

Bike Storage for Garage

If you have bikers in your family, you need a place that will keep your bikes accessible but out of the way.

One of the best solutions to keeping your bike out of harms way but convenient at the same time can be achieved with bike rack storage for your garage.

You may want to go with overhead bike storage like the picture to the right or you might also consider bike storage with wall racks.

Cabinet Storage for Garage
Cabinet Storage for Garage

Wall Storage for Garage

You can help get the clutter off the floor by using various different wall storage units for a garage. Depending on your space, the types of items you need to store and your budget, there is quite a selection of styles.

For example, you might use wall storage garage shelves, peg boards, slat-wall, hooks, racks, cabinets with drawers and shelves and so on.

Finding the right combination of of wall storage for your garage can help you organize, get rid of the clutter and flexibility to grow with you over the years.

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      lucille12 2 years ago

      Anything you do now to put garage organization ideas in place will help reduce the clutter that can accumulate in your garage over the years.

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      MyMastiffPuppies 6 years ago

      Thanks Josh and Lindsey for the bookmark. I am so ready to get started but will have to wait on "mother nature" to cooperate.

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      MyMastiffPuppies 6 years ago

      I feel your pain Darski, I don't have a garage at my place right now. I do have a large storage building and I have to get it in order this spring. That's what gave me the idea. Thanks for the support girl!

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      Josh and Lindsey 6 years ago from Indiana

      Great article. Cleaning out my garage is my March project, so I'll be sure to bookmark this for ten.

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      Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Wow what a differece it makes when it's organized. I wish I had a garage but only have a cas port, but I do have a storage shed. Love this hub, excellent my dear friend, rate up love & peace darski