The garage: the one room in your house that always seems to feel cluttered. Maybe it’s because your garage is the easiest place to shove items like that old toaster that’s technically broken, but you don’t want to get rid of, or that old box of comic books you want to save for your kids. Whatever the reason, it’s time to get organized and give your garage a purpose greater than the garbage dump.

Here are 5 simple garage design ideas to whip your space into shape.

1. Use Chalkboard Paint Instead of Labels

 

Use chalkboard paint to not only add color to your space, but also provide some much-needed functionality. Cabinets, drawers, and even storage shelving can be coated with this paint to make labeling easier. Write directly on the drawer or cabinet door with chalk so you can see what’s inside without ever opening them.

2. Think Outside the Box

 

Literally. Rather than shoving small items like screws, nails, nuts, bolts, sidewalk chalk, or any other outdoor item in a box, repurpose an old muffin tin or use some old soup cans. Spice jars are also an excellent idea, especially when they have clear tops. Attach them to a magnetic strip on your wall where you can easily access them when needed.

3. Outline Hanging Tools

 

This tip might make the empty walls in your garage look like a crime scene, but it’s actually a handy organization strategy. Use paneling to hang tools and other outdoor equipment on your wall, then trace around them so you know exactly where everything goes. With the help of this trick, you can easily identify exactly what’s missing at a glance.

4. One Bucket, Endless Possibilities

 

Have any old buckets lying around your house? Screw the bottom of the bucket to the wall, then wrap electrical cords or hoses around it to prevent tangling. Bonus: use the interior of the bucket to store hose nozzles, smaller electrical cords, outlets, and any other pertinent accessory so they’re all together in one place.

5. Think Higher

 

Once your wall storage is used up, where else can you go? Ceiling mounted storage systems are becoming more popular, and you can even make one yourself. Customizing garage shelving plans like this makes accommodating the items in your own garage that much easier. Build a unit that can hold plastic bins, boxes, even a ladder. When you do it yourself, you can make sure your needs are met.

Take Back Your Garage Now

 

Take the time to consider the garage designs and solutions that will work best in your space, and don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Repurpose items from around your house or purchase pre-built garage storage units–just make sure you create a garage that can accommodate your needs, clutter and all.

Garage Organization