Do you remember how terribly unorganized our garage was a few months back when we started our DIY garage makeover?
We'd attempted to gather and implement garage organization ideas over the years but kept falling short. Our garage had become a dumping ground. We'd even installed an overhead garage storage system and cabinets but still, everything just ended up in the middle of the garage.
So I set a goal to be able to park my car in the garage last year, and I'm well aware that I'm a few months late on that promise to myself, but I didn't give up. I worked through the garage one small area at a time using my declutter method and now I literally get a smile on my face every time I pull into my driveway, open my garage door, and pull into our (officially) organized garage!
You know you're mature when this sort of thing gets you all sorts of excited right?
How awesome is that?
We now have a place to do our projects and tons of storage for all of our tools and supplies. And the kids can easily grab their bikes and toys.
But the best part? I don't cringe every time I go out here to get something out of the freezer.
Yep. This girl's dreams - well at least one of them, has come true.
Let's take a closer look at some DIY garage organization systems that worked for us...
The Garage Organization Systems We Used
- Garage cabinets: We used basic white cabinets by ClosetMaid
- Track storage system: We used the track system on the walls.
- Overhead garage storage system: We installed this ourselves and were surprised how easy it was.
- Workbenches: We used shelves like these to create these lower work surface areas.
- You can get these with 4 or 5 shelves but be sure that they come with post couplers so you can split them apart for 2 lower units.
- Peg board system: to organize tools
- Heavy duty loft shelf (up to 100 lbs.)
We do a lot of projects and hunting down tools was taking up way too much of our time (and driving me nuts).
To be able to grab small tools quickly and use the vertical space on our garage walls, we attached pieces of white peg board to the wall. Then we used peg board tool hooks for easy to reach tool storage.
We keep larger tools ins storage bins on the shelving units below for more storage space.
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Bike And Toy Storage
We debated on hanging the bikes up on the wall, but our reality is that the bikes go in and out of the garage all day long and we wanted the kids to be able to grab them themselves. So we kept a space on the floor near their sports equipment and toys clear for bike and scooter parking.
For their sports equipment and toys we used a wall mounted track system to keep everything organized and within reach. My absolute favorite thing is this ball basket for sports gear. It makes grabbing what we need on the way to practice or on our way out to the park so easy.
And would you believe that my kids actually put things back here? Which means no more running around when you're already late looking for what they need. #sanity
Ceiling Mounted Racks
Mounting overhead racks in the garage is one of the best garage storage ideas and was one of the first things we did to get the garage under control. We were really surprised how easy these were to install and they're a great place to store our seasonal gear and camping gear.
They definitely clear up a ton of floor space in the garage and are high enough that we can still walk under them without a problem, something I was worried about.
Storing large items in the garage
We continued the track system on this back wall to organize and store larger items like our ladder and the saw horses.
These tracks are also a great for smaller things that we grab and use often like brooms and extension cords.
Cabinets for odds and ends
We used pantry cabinets along the opposite wall which gave us a great place to store all of our paint, paint supplies, car related stuff, and some of my husband's work gear.
We also installed a heavy duty shelf on one end cause we needed a place to store heavy things that my husband uses for his job. This heavy duty garage shelf can hold up to 100 lbs. and was also a simple DIY installation.
DIY Garage Floor Paint
The icing on the cake to this DIY garage makeover is definitely the garage floor paint that kicked off the whole project.
Again, it would have cost us a fortune to have this done professionally and we were really excited to try out Rust-Oleum's garage floor paint.
It was a relatively easy project (besides clearing everything out) but it forced us to go through everything and we finally have an organized garage that I think will finally stay that way!
And the shiny gun metal grey floor makes it so easy to sweep up dust and project messes and looks so good!
If you've been putting off getting your garage under control, I have to say, it is so worth tackling.
I know a crazy messy garage can feel like something you will never be able to get right, believe me I was there. And it took us awhile to go through everything and get organized, but it was absolutely worth the time and effort. #youcandoit
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