i should be mopping the floor: Garage Organization Tips and Ideas

Monday, August 22, 2016

Garage Organization Tips and Ideas

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I've got some fun garage organization tips and ideas today. 
Our garage went from gross to great in a weekend. 
It's such a nice place to come home to now.

Garage Organization Tips and Ideas | Tackle your messiest space in one weekend with these ideas.
The garage, well, at least in our house, is the final frontier. You know what I mean, right? Every other room in the house gets prettified before the garage...it's always the last on the list since it's not as much of a heavy traffic zone. Since we moved in here in March, the garage has become a catch-all. It was where empty boxes landed...furniture with no home...drop cloths, tools, and everything else ended up in the garage. It was beginning to be a hot mess, y'all. 


But back to the heavy traffic thing...this house is different. It's set back from the road a bit and the garage is on the side toward the backyard. And the driveway is long and winding. So, guess where all of our friends come in? The garage. It's easy for folks to park in the driveway since it is so long. Most people enter our house through the garage and it's probably never going to change (back door guests are best, right?).



However, when your garage is an absolute disaster, having all of those people trotting through it on a regular basis is, well, mortifying.




Garage Organization Tips and Ideas | Tackle your messiest space in one weekend with these ideas.
This is a much better scenario than what I described above.
We're ready to welcome the masses now. And park a car or two.
Below are some of my tips on how this space came together. 


Garage Organization Tips and Ideas | Tackle your messiest space in one weekend with these ideas.
1. SORTING AND CULLING DOWN
Technically, we could always park one car in here, but both were out of the question. Actually, before a good ol' Texas hail storm earlier this summer, we shoved as much of our stuff in one of the garage closets (that was a nightmare) and brought in my husband's large SUV in, too...he literally had to crawl out the back, though, to get out. 
This space was a mess. Bikes, scooters, skateboards, extra furniture...you name it, we had it. We did do a lot of "getting rid of" and "this doesn't even belong in here" sorting. 

Garage Organization Tips and Ideas | Tackle your messiest space in one weekend with these ideas.
2. REPAIR AND REPAINT
I'm not going to lie...we may have gone too far with this, ha! We pulled the random 1x2 off of the wall (I'm thinking it was there since the 70s). We managed to rip several holes in the wall with this little stunt (at which point the "what were we thinkings" started). We patched all of the holes, then sanded. Then, we were finally able to paint. It made a huge visual difference, so we are glad we persevered on through the issues. While our wall was its own little special situation, the normal painting of garages isn't usually as complicated.

Garage Organization Tips and Ideas | Tackle your messiest space in one weekend with these ideas.
3. SYSTEMIZE THE STUFF
We bought the Rubbermaid® FastTrack® Garage Organization System for our garage organization needs. It was at The Home Depot. This system really is awesome, y'all. At the house we sold this summer, we left the garage organization pieces we had in place in that garage for the new owners. They served as selling features while it was on the market. So, we were starting from scratch over here at the new house. Sometimes starting from scratch feels pretty good...the options are a bit more open! 

Our three main pieces were the Rubbermaid® FastTrack® Wall Panels as well as the Rubbermaid® FastTrack® 48" and 84" rails. We also grabbed several sets of the Hardware Packs to help with installation.



Garage Organization Tips and Ideas | Tackle your messiest space in one weekend with these ideas.
The hardware packs made the rails a breeze to install. We did one rail on one side of the door and two rails on the other side, along with three of the wall panels. After this base piece is attached to the wall, the outer piece slides over it. The rail covers provide such a clean and finished look. Then all of the accessories can pop onto it. Each of these rails holds up to 1,750 pounds. This Rubbermaid® FastTrack® rail and accessory system stores so much more by utilizing the space between studs.

Garage Organization Tips and Ideas | Tackle your messiest space in one weekend with these ideas.
The wall panels were simple to install as well. They are perfect for tool storage.

Garage Organization Tips and Ideas | Tackle your messiest space in one weekend with these ideas.
After installation, just slide all of the accessories into place.  

Garage Organization Tips and Ideas | Tackle your messiest space in one weekend with these ideas.
The larger accessories for the rails pop on easily, as well. This is the cooler hook, above.

Garage Organization Tips and Ideas | Tackle your messiest space in one weekend with these ideas.
4. ADD ITEMS TO THE SYSTEM
This is the fun part, y'all. Hanging everything in its designated spot went so quickly. We put our kids' scooters and skateboards lower so they could reach them easily without our help. The bikes are up higher on the larger rail on the Rubbermaid® FastTrack® Vertical Bike Hooks, since they needed more length to hang. In our previous home, we had the bikes hung on the garage ceiling. This is so much better...and no more hitting my head on a bike handlebar when I get out of my vehicle! 


Garage Organization Tips and Ideas | Tackle your messiest space in one weekend with these ideas.
We hung the weed eater and extension cord in the corner area. The lawn mower is housed in the storage closet right next to this corner, so this made the most sense to us. 


Garage Organization Tips and Ideas | Tackle your messiest space in one weekend with these ideas.
5. HAVE FUN WITH IT!
I thought it would be a happy addition to paint the door bright turquoise and add a vinyl "welcome home" to it. After we painted the whole wall, we looked at the door and were like "yuck!". It made sense to paint the door an actual color to help hide a lot of the dirt that surfaces here. Plus, if you're shy about painting your front door a bold color, the garage is a great alternative! It's not as visible to the whole world, but still adds an element of fun to a space.


Garage Organization Tips and Ideas | Tackle your messiest space in one weekend with these ideas.
I grabbed my Rubbermaid® FastTrack® Garage Organization System and its components at The Home Depot in the storage and moving area. My store had a display allowing shoppers to play with the track and see how it worked.

Garage Organization Tips and Ideas | Tackle your messiest space in one weekend with these ideas.
How do you handle garage organization?





12 comments:

  1. This looks amazing! I love how you were able to maximize your vertical space and your door color! #client

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  2. I love this and it is so timely as we just had our garage insulated and sheet rocked. This week we will paint and then begin organizing. I'm showing my husband the organization system you bought. It looks very clean in style and looks like it will be very helpful to us as we need to store a lot of garden tools and other rquipment as we;; as grandchildren outdoor things. Thanks!

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  3. I so miss our garage. We do have two storage sheds that are in desperate need of some organization. I love the hanging system you installed. It seems to take advantage of as much space as possible. We just have our tools kind of stacked on shelves. This would be a great way to make a little extra space in our sheds.

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  4. What a fun, fun DIY project! Such creative ideas and easy to follow along. This was really helpful and broke down the steps so easily. I can't wait to try it out - thanks for sharing!

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  5. Our garage could definitely use an overhaul like this! I would love to paint the walls and even paint the floors. I love that this system can be customized to fit one's needs. Your garage looks fabulous!

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  6. I love the way you organized the garage. I am always amazed at how useful vertical storage can be. When we moved we have utilized a lot of the wall space in our garage. We also took advantage of the ceiling for hanging things like bikes.

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  7. It turned out great. We really need to do this to our garage. It always gets messy during the summer Time to reorganize it for fall and winter. We need to buy these for sure!

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  8. Your garage looks amazing! Ours is in dire need of an overhaul, to say the least. Every time we go to Home Depot I stare at the garage organization and dream of what we could do. You've definitely inspired me!

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  9. Your garage looks so awesome now! I can't wait until I get to do my own DIY and organization projects in my own home! It is going to be so awesome! I know everyone says that, but I think it's true with your first home!

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  10. The type A person in me is loving this post however, the garage is not my jurisdiction! I wish it was though. I NEED to pass this on the my husband as a reminder that HE needs to get this done!

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  11. My garage is a HOT MESS! Its bad. Really really bad! I'm hoping to get the hubs on board with an epic garage clean out, update and organizational weekend! And I LOVE the color of your door! Its so bright and cheery! The perfect way to be greeted at the end of a day!

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  12. Your garage looks so wonderful after your organization and sprucing up! I am always amazed by how much a fresh coat of paint does to make a space look clean and new. What a wonderful organized space for your family to use!

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