Here Are 10 Decluttering Garage Storage Ideas

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Source | Advance Auto Parts

The garage is often neglected over the winter months and is due for some major TLC. A thorough spring cleaning will not only prepare your garage for warm-weather automotive projects but tidying and decluttering are great ways to create a relaxing environment to enjoy your hobbies with less stress and better focus.

Need some storage and decluttering inspiration? Here are 10 garage organization ideas to give yourself and your workspace a fresh start:

1.)  Cabinets and tool carts, especially of the rolling variety, are perfect for decluttering the garage by organizing and storing all kinds of accessories and equipment. Examples like the Homak feature 10 drawers and smooth wheels, making the unit easy to move around.

2.)  Magnetic tool holders provide quick access to often-used implements and double as a place to temporarily place a socket or screw while tinkering under the hood.

3.)  What article about garage storage ideas would be complete without storage bins? Grab one with a lid to keep engine oil, brake parts, other maintenance fluids and delicate items out of harm's way.

4.)  Tangled and strewn-about power cords got you down? Here's an unexpectedly easy and inexpensive solution for extension cord storage. Screw in a coat hook to the wall or side of a cabinet, and find some straps with a loop or buckle (a short chain also works). Wrap the cords around one end and then hang them on the hook.

5.)  Bicycles take up a lot of room, but they don't have to. Instead, pick up a gravity stand designed to lean safely against the wall and accommodate up to two bikes via adjustable hooks.

6.)  When real estate on the ground level is running low, invest higher up. For example, adjustable ceiling racks can be mounted above the garage overhead door providing a convenient space to stash boxes, seasonal equipment, recreational gear and stuff used once or twice a year.

7.)  A sturdy shelving unit is a game changer — it truly is amazing how much capacity even a smaller one has, particularly if storage bins are stacked on top of each other. Pro tip: try removing the bottom set of shelves, so you can fit taller items, such as pressure washers, lawnmowers or kids' toys.

8.)  Throwing greasy and grubby mechanic gloves into a toolbox is never a good idea. Instead, create a simple holder by attaching clothespins to a plank of wood, rig up a bit of picture hanging wire and hang it on a nail.

9.)  Don't prop that in-progress bumper or other large car parts against the corner or lay it on the dirty ground. Most portable shop stands are rated to hold up to 500 pounds and fold to stow away easily while not in use.

10.)  This might seem obvious, however, a vinyl boot tray ensures moisture and mud stays off of the floor. Plus, having footwear in one place prevents tripping over a stray shoe and damaging your precious vehicle.

With the help of these 10 garage organization ideas, you can create a relaxing and productive workspace for your hobbies and automotive projects. Roll up your sleeves and give your garage the TLC it deserves!


Have a garage organization hack of your own you'd like to share? Leave a comment below to add to our spring cleaning checklist!

Last updated April 5, 2023