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DIY Home Organization: Garage Hacks

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By Gretchen Pille, Storage.com

Here at Storage.com, we want to help people get their homes organized and clean, whether through the use of self-storage or helpful online tips and hacks that you can try yourself.

There’s a lot of stuff competing for space in your garage, and sometimes the car doesn’t even make the cut. It’s easy for your garage to get out of control and it can be an intimidating part of any home to tackle. Getting started doesn’t have to be hard. Whether you’re a DIY wizard or simply a novice looking to maximize your space, these projects will help you conquer your cluttered garage once and for all.

1. A DIY TO GET YOUR RECYCLABLES OFF THE FLOOR.

One of the easiest ways to free up space in a small area like a garage is to get things off the floor. A DIY mountable recycling bin makes going green easier than ever by making the sorting process a snap. If you know your way around a miter saw and power drill (or know someone who does), this project is a quick and inexpensive way to make room in a tight space. This project comes from The Family Handyman, a great resource for home improvement DIY ideas.

man hanging bins
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2.  STASH THE SMALL STUFF WITH A DIY SKINNY OBJECT HOLDER.

Ever notice how the smaller items that you keep in your garage (pencils, zip ties, scissors, etc) tend to disappear into the abyss of your garage the moment you set them down? Try making a DIY skinny object holder so you can find them quickly and easily every time you need them. Using PVC pipe and a power drill, this simple DIY project will make maintaining an organized garage of any size possible.

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3. A DIY TO PUT BALLS TO THE WALL.

Your garage has an amassed collection of balls that only a sporting goods store could rival, and now it’s time to find a storage solution that works with DIY ball storage. A bit of scrap wood and dollar-store bungee chords might be the best thing that ever happened to that unused corner of your garage. Free up some floor space by putting all your balls in one easy-to-use spot. Tutorials for the project and many other easy DIY organizational hacks come from 100 Things 2 Do.

ball rack on wall
via 100 Things 2 Do

4. PIPE UP WITH A DIY GARDEN TOOL HOLDER.

Does your garage double as a shed for your gardening tools? Use PVC pipe in this DIY garden tool holder to get your rakes and shovels standing at attention and out of the way. Now your car and your tools can cohabitate comfortably in one small space. For more tips on organizing your gardening supplies, check out Living the Country Life.

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via Living the Country Life

5. BIKE STORAGE NIGHTMARES? HANG IN THERE WITH THIS DIY BIKE RACK.

Finding space for bikes can be a constant struggle. There never seems to be a good spot for them besides awkwardly leaning them against the wall. But have you considered hanging them from coat hooks? Bike racks can cost anywhere between $200-$500 in a store. But the cost of supplies for this DIY bike rack from The Mountain Bike Life are minimal and easy to use.

bikes hanging near wall
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6. GAIN GARAGE SPACE WITH THIS DIY PALLET UPCYCLE.

Create a harbor for items that fall over easily, like brooms and rakes. A pallet will keep your stuff upright and flat against the wall. Upcycling a pallet requires no power tools, and when done correctly costs nothing. Ask around local businesses for pallets they may be pitching in their trash soon. Most stores are willing to give them away. More tips on obtaining free pallets can be found at Old World Garden Farms. Check out the tutorial for this DIY pallet upcycle courtesy of Unexpected Elegance.

pallet with garden tools
via Unexpected Elegance

7. CAUSE A CHAIN REACTION WITH THIS DIY CHAIN AND COAT HANGER.

It’s tough enough to get electric chords and hoses coiled up, and even tougher to keep them that way. A Family Handyman pro-tip is to use a DIY chain and coat hook hanger. This hack is low-cost, low-effort, and a definite game-changer in the effort to take back some space in you garage.

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8. THIS DIY PORTABLE TOOL CADDY IS THE WHEEL DEAL.

Because of their versatility, peg boards are a popular method of organization, especially in a garage. Jessica of Mom 4 Real took that versatility and put it on wheels! In her easy-to-follow-tutorial, she shows us how to make a DIY portable tool caddy that you can roll out when you need it and roll it away when you’re finished.

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9. NAILING IT WITH THIS DIY PEANUT BUTTER JAR STORAGE.

Screws and nails are easy to lose and can even be dangerous if they get scattered around a cluttered garage floor. Start collecting your peanut butter jars to create special storage for these little guys that will get them out of the way and easy to find. Make this simple DIY peanut butter jar storage with a tutorial from Chez Larsson.

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via Chez Larsson

10. PICK A CORNER WITH DIY SPACES.

The best strategy for reclaiming the space in your garage is to start with a plan. Begin by designating one corner or area of the garage to be the center of organization. Check out some of these DIY spaces at Better Homes and Gardens for inspiration.

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11. SHOE IN SOME SPACE WITH THIS DIY REPURPOSED SHOE HANGER.

Are your paint cans and brushes sitting in a box on the floor? Reclaim that space with a hanging shoe holder. These are cheap and can be found at almost any dollar store. This DIY repurposed shoe hanger creates an organized storage system for small objects like spray paint and brushes. For more fun and creative ideas like this, check out hi Sugarplum.

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12. CREATE SPACE OVER YOUR HEAD WITH DIY HARDWARE METHODS.

If you’ve got items eating up huge amounts of space in your garage, consider utilizing your ceiling for storage. Putting in overhead shelves with these DIY hardware methods is a surprisingly simple project. Overhead shelves are ideal storage for seasonal items like Christmas decorations.

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What are some of your DIY garage hacks? Let us know in the comments!

Home Home Organization DIY Organization Ideas The Ultimate Guide to Decluttering & Home Organizing

The Ultimate Guide to Decluttering & Home Organizing

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By Logan Livers, Storage.com

Storage.com is an advocate of a cleaner home, whether through helpful tips for tackling clutter or the use of a storage unit.

Looking to clear clutter at home? It’s amazing how fast a home can get unorganized. Unfortunately, getting back on track isn’t the simplest thing to do. That’s why we’ve compiled some of the absolute best tips from the best home organizing websites out there to help you successfully declutter your home! Enjoy!

A Bowl Full of Lemons

A Bowl Full of Lemons

A Bowl Full of Lemons covers five main categories: organizing, budgeting, cleaning, decorating, and menu planning. For the sake of decluttering, organizing is where you’ll want to start. The website has a really great “Begin Here” section that will get you moving. And there’s no shortage of great advice for removing clutter.

Decluttering Tips:

  • You can’t expect to completely organize your home in one day. With “The 31 Day Purge,” you have a roadmap to getting your home (and life) more organized over the course of a month.
  • The garage is one of the hardest places to keep organized. So what’s the secret? According to this “Garage Organization – Part 1” post, shelving, drawers, labeling, and containers are!
  • Can toy rooms actually be clutter free? Absolutely! Take a look at these step-by-step instructions and great visuals in the “14 Week Organizing Challenge.”

Alejandra.tv

Alejandra Costello

Alejandra.tv is the home of Alejandra Costello, a professional organizer who has a passion to help people get their life organized. Alejandra produces excellent video guides on how to organize everything around your home, from desk drawers to the area underneath your bathroom sink. She also offers a comprehensive organization program that’s designed to help people establish organization as a lifestyle.

Decluttering Tips:

Andrea Dekker

Andrea Dekker

Andrea Dekker is more than just a popular blog and brand! She’s a wife and mother of two who considers herself a “life simplifier,” and that’s exactly what her blog is centered around. Simplify your life with tips for everything—lifestyle, home, food, family, and work. For decluttering tips, her blog posts about cleaning and organizing your home will get you headed down the right track.

Decluttering Tips:

Becoming Minimalist

Becoming Minimalist

As the website title suggests, Becoming Minimalist is dedicated to simplifying life by clearing clutter from your home and your life. Becoming Minimalist is wildly popular and has been featured in CBS Evening News, NPR, The Boston Globe, and The Wall Street Journal.

Decluttering Tips:

Delightful Order

Delightful OrderDelightful Order

Delightful Order is an energetic blog focused on helping readers simplify, create, organize, and decorate. With plenty of organization products, digital documents, free printables, and excellent organization advice, Delightful Order can give you a huge boost in cleaning up and organizing your home.

Decluttering Tips:

  • Children usually aren’t interested in staying organized, so you have to help them. Use these ideas in “Children’s Homework Message Center” as inspiration to help your little ones stay on top of everything.
  • Need some help organizing your pantry? “Peek Inside My Pantry” shows you how to use boxes and bins to stay organized and have a good-looking pantry!
  • Bringing Delightful Order to my Linen Closet” addresses those tricky linen closets and helps you figure out how to organize everything neatly, including those hard-to-fold bed sheets!

Design Sponge

Design Sponge

Design Sponge is a modern and diverse website with advice and inspiration for everything around the house. With blogs about interior design, DIY, food and drink, travel, and much more, you can find exactly what you’re looking for on Design Sponge. Look through rooms with beautiful design, DIY projects, and organization tips for inspiration on how to declutter your living spaces.

Decluttering Tips:

  • When decluttering your home, it’s important to have a plan. Take a look at “Decluttering Tips + Tools: Donate, Drop Off & Make a Difference” to create a plan of action to get your home organized and clean.
  • Getting things off of desktops and up onto the walls can drastically decrease your clutter around the home. “Before & After: Toolbox Wall Organizer” is an awesome DIY project to help you utilize wall space!
  • Keep your daily essentials right by the front door with this nifty DIY “Door Organizer,” which can hold a notepad, phone, pen, or anything else you need before you leave home.

FlyLady

FlyLady.net

FlyLady has been a mentor to women all around the country since 1999, teaching them how to organize their homes and how to love themselves. Her website has helpful programs, blog posts, products, and much more that will help you get organized and stay that way. You can even sign up for FLYmail to receive FLYing lessons every day focused on cleaning and organizing.

Decluttering Tips:

  • If you’re ready to do something about clutter, start by reading “FLYing Lesson: How to Declutter.”
  • Follow FlyLady for great tips on how to tackle an entire home in easy-to-organize zones. Here’s “The Current FLY Zone” for a breakdown of each week’s zones.
  • Tall tasks are easier to complete when you break them down into easy steps along the way. “31 Beginner BabySteps” will help you declutter your home in no time.

Honey We’re Home

Honey We re Home

Honey We’re Home was created by a 37-year-old mother named Megan who talks about a lot of different categories, including home, DIY, organization, holidays, fitness, and fashion. With so many great topics, this is a one-stop destination for mothers everywhere who are looking for some inspiration for their homes and lives. Megan’s organization tips are great for cutting down on clutter around the house and can help you achieve a clean, functional living space.

Decluttering Tips:

  • Childhood artwork can make for incredible keepsakes but can be tough to preserve. Take a look at this “Organizing & Storing Kids Schoolwork & Art” post.
  • Mudrooms often get very dirty, but that doesn’t mean yours has to look like a hurricane just came through. A little free time, cleaning, and Megan’s “Organized Mudroom” post can help!
  • Being fashionable can sometimes lead to difficulty storing all of your clothes and accessories. Try out these “Jewelry Storage Solutions” to organize your collection of accessories.

I Heart Organizing

IHeart Organizing

I Heart Organizing is full of useful information for getting your home organized and keeping it that way. With an abundance of DIY projects, a massive organization project gallery, and a great selection of free printables, you can’t go wrong! For decluttering advice, the best information will be found in the project gallery, which is broken out into groups to make finding what you need easy. Kids and school organizing, living/family room organization, and bathroom organization are just a few of the different categories.

Decluttering Tips:

  • Trying to learn how to declutter your office? Start with “An Organized Studio Desk.” This example not only results in an organized desk, but provides a cool look as well!
  • If you have kids that play sports, you know how hard it is to keep all of their equipment organized. “An Organized Sports Station” is here to make life easier.
  • The bedroom nightstand usually ends up being used for more than you intended. Use “No Nonsense Nightstand!” to make sure your nightstand stays clutter free. One important tip? Essentials only!

I’m An Organizing Junkie

I m an Organizing Junkie

I’m An Organizing Junkie (or OrgJunkie) has an extensive content library featuring advice on home organizing, storage solutions, time management, and menu planning. One of the nicest things about this website is that it’s very organized (go figure). The “Storage Solutions” section is broken down so that you can view solutions for each room in your house, and the “Learn To Organize” section has multiple categories covering basic home organization, how to purge, and controlling clutter.

Decluttering Tips:

Organize with Sandy

Organize With Sandy

Sandy, a professional organizer and mother/stepmother of eight, shares great tips on Organize with Sandy with her partner, Amy. The blog is full of amazing tips for home organization, cleaning, DIY projects, family, and much more. There are two writers on this site. Sandy focuses mostly on organization while Amy lends her expertise on family, cooking, gardening, traveling, and reviews. Whether you’re looking for a DIY project or advice on how to get organized, Organize with Sandy is a great place to begin.

Decluttering Tips:

Organized Home

Organized Home

Organized Home shares tips for cleaning, organizing, cutting clutter, and more. Aside from helpful blog posts with tons of cleaning tips, there are also cleaning challenges that readers can participate in and printable calendars, planners, and other worksheets to help you get your life a little more organized.

Decluttering Tips:

Organizing Home Life

Organizing Homelife

Organizing Home Life is a fun, energetic website that provides a great variety of organizing tips ranging from home organization to purse organization. The site covers the basics like closet organization, pantry organization, and family room organization, but it also has some unique categories for jewelry organization and recipe organization. In addition, there’s a great selection of free printable sheets to help with your upcoming efforts to get organized and create a less cluttered home!

Decluttering Tips:

  • Organizing a Shared Kids’ Room Closet” will inspire you get your kids’ closet in the best shape ever!
  • Need an easier way to organize earrings? This “Easy Earring Organization” post says to ditch the jewelry box in favor of something much more effective.
  • Is your kitchen pantry a mess? Check out this “Pantry Organization” post. Who knew shoe organizers would make a difference in your pantry!

Organizing Made Fun

Organizing Made Fun

Organizing Made Fun is a spectacular blog that makes cleaning and organizing fun. Created and written by Becky Barnfather, this blog specializes in decluttering, organizing, DIY, and cleaning. Becky understands that many people trying to get organized are on a budget, so she has plenty of affordable tips.

Decluttering Tips:

Real Simple

Real Simple

Real Simple is an incredibly popular website that covers home organizing. “Life Made Easier” is their tagline, and the articles they write help do just that. Beyond home organizing, Real Simple also covers topics like recipes, beauty and fashion, holidays and entertaining, weddings, health, and more.

Decluttering Tips:

Simply Organized

simply organized

Simply Organized is dedicated to home organization, whether it’s in the home, office, or while traveling. Professional organizer Samantha offers amazing tips to help you organize every room in your house and do some DIY home improvement. Click through the organization gallery to view tips for every room imaginable and gain some much needed inspiration to tackle your own projects.

Decluttering Tips:

  • Everyone with a home office or a love of technology probably has more electrical cords than they know what to do with. It’s always difficult deciding if a cord can be tossed or if it’s needed for something around the house. Check out these tips for “Organized Cords.”
  • If you love to watch movies, your DVD collection probably takes up a lot of space. Check out this amazing “DVD Organization” post and get your movie collection under control.
  • Have you tackled DIY projects around your house? Then you probably have a collection of paint cans to show for it. Make it easier to complete touch-up jobs with these “Organized Paint” ideas (that includes printable labels).

Unclutterer

Unclutterer

Unclutterer provides the full decluttering experience. You can find organizing tips and strategies, product reviews, and reader questions answered by the Unclutterer team. Venture to the “Archives” page and you’ll quickly learn that Unclutterer has thousands of posts to choose from, broken down into simple categories. The “Office Organization” category is one we highly recommend visiting.

Decluttering Tips:

  • Speaking of office organization, “Review: ScanSnap iX100” provides great insight into a tool that can make organizing papers a breeze. And the scanner won’t create clutter itself!
  • Clutter can often come in the form of inherited possessions. Fortunately, “Coping with Overwhelming Inherited Possessions” has unique tips for getting rid of things you want to remember but don’t need.
  • Unclutter Your Tech with the Rule of One” discusses the minimalist idea of only owning one of every tech item that you need. If decluttering your technology is something you’re interested in, this post is a great place to start. It even has advice on where to get rid of the things you don’t need anymore.

Zen Habits

zen habits

Zen Habits is a very popular blog created by Leo Babauta that’s centered on clearing clutter in daily life so you can focus on what’s important, like finding happiness. Every week, articles are published about simplicity, health and fitness, motivation, organization, and much more! Zen Habits also has top-notch tips for decluttering your home and will help you live a happier, more fulfilled life.

Decluttering Tips:

 

The Internet is full of great advice for decluttering and organizing a home, but there are always new tips to share. Do you have a favorite website for home organization or a great tip on how to declutter a room? Let us know in the comments section!

  • http://www.besimplyorganized.blogspot.com Samantha

    This is amazing! Thank you for sharing here on your blog!

  • Kat

    I love Flylady (who you listed) and Home Storage Solutions. Flylady is wonderful for helping us get effective routines going us. Home Storage Solutions has specific decluttering challenges that take us through-out our homes to look at everything, so that we aren’t overwhelmed at where to begin in the decluttering. http://www.home-storage-solutions-101.com/storage-solutions-blog.html