It’s the one part of the house that my family tends to let go. We toss our dirty shoes in there, pile our yard tools on top of each other, randomly stack shelves with odds and ends, and have about a dozen junk drawers. And, if you’re anything like me, you don’t want to go in there!
It really is hard to get motivated when you’re garage looks like a dump. The last thing I want to do is spend 20 minutes looking for the rake. Fortunately, with a few simple storage ideas and clever tips, you can keep your garage clean and organized. I’ve rounded up a few cheap, easy and downright brilliant garage organization ideas that will make your visit to the garage, well, not so overwhelming.
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1. Magnetic Tool Holder
This magnetic tool bar reminds me of the magnetic knife holder used in kitchens; why not use one in the garage?! Instead of digging through a drawer, keep all of those tools (drill bits, screws, wrenches, nails, etc.) at an arm’s reach. No more digging through a drawer to find what you need!
2. Create Recycle Bin Hangers
With just a few pieces of scrap wood you can keep your recycle bins from taking up valuable floor space with inexpensive materials you probably already have laying around in the garage. This also makes each one easy to access and remove, as opposed to having them stacked on top of each other. Check out the detailed instructions over at Handyman.
3. Repurposed Paper Towel Holder
This is one of those clever “Why didn’t I think of that?” ideas. So simple, too! Use a sturdy kitchen paper towel holder (like this one shown in the picture) for your garbage bags in the garage. Because garbage bags are considerably heavier than paper towels, you’ll want to make sure the towel holder is secured well to the wall. You would also need a skinny rod to ensure that it will fit through the small opening in the center of the garbage bags.