Pimp your garage!

Every engineer and hobbyist has a garage workplace where he/she makes all the awesome stuff. A well organized garage reflects the prestige and taste of the owner. It’s the one part of the house that a man’s family tends to let go. They toss their 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.

It really is hard to get motivated when you’re garage looks like a dump. The last thing you 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. Here are some cheap, easy and downright brilliant garage organization ideas that will make your visit to the garage, well, not so overwhelming.

A magnetic tool bar like 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!

Use a sturdy kitchen paper towel holder 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. Use recycled cans to store small items, start saving those tin cans!

Start saving those jars! You can screw the lids to the bottom of a shelf in your garage, and then use them to store nails, screws, bolts and other small parts. This ensures that your jars are always in their place, and not taking up counter space. Use bungee cords to easily store sports balls!

You can use plastic lattice to store those leftover pieces of pipe and trim. No matter how big your garage, it just seems like there is never enough space! This is where using the air space above your vehicles comes in handy for holiday decorations, sports equipment, or other seasonal items that only need to be used once or twice a year. Put your woodworking skills to the test as you hang a plywood base from the ceiling with wood support.

It’s always nice to know exactly where your tools are, and an easy and cheap project will help you do just that. You could even use pieces of scrap wood! Drill a few holes and cut brackets for mounting, and you’re done. Use peg board slides to store your tools vertically under the counter. Make small slits in a piece of trim that lines the top and bottom to keep them in place and sliding smoothly.

Connect large pieces of PVC pipe with screws and use it to hold all of those bulky yard tools. It’s the easiest and cheapest tool slot you’ll ever make! Matching paint is not easy. Label your paint swatches for every room in the house and keep them together on a key ring hung on a hook for quick reference.
So, get down to work and clean up that garage with these easy tips!