Garage Organization Ideas

As winter winds down, it’s time to clear the way for spring. That includes tackling the mess in your garage! Once you’ve got a clean slate, you can decide how to best use the space. If you’re an automotive enthusiast, this is a great time to transform your garage into your own DIY workspace.

Follow these tips to stage your garage spring cleaning this season.

Clean and Clear

To get a good look at the space you have, start by clearing everything out of your garage. Organize your items into piles based on what you want to keep, sell/donate, or throw away. Items in good condition may be worth selling at a rummage sale or perhaps trading for something else you need with someone in your community. Make sure to properly dispose of any items you’re getting rid of (recycling, oil disposal, etc.).

After taking everything out, give your garage floor a good sweep and wash. If you notice any cracks, you can reseal them with a crack sealer or caulk. Use disinfectant spray on any furniture and apply glass cleaner to any windows. Motor oil stains can be removed with some cat litter, dish soap, and a wire scrub brush.

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Now that your space is clear, you can visualize what you want it to look like.

  • Do you want to turn your garage into a workspace for DIYing?
  • Is it going to be a room for you and your guests to hang out in?
  • Do you want enough space to fit a vehicle for an automotive project?
  • Or are you satisfied with it simply being a storage unit?

Figuring this out will help you further narrow down what items to keep and how to arrange them. It’ll also help you decide if you need anything new, like a workbench or storage bins.

Take measurements of any large items you want to put in your garage so you can keep track of how much space you have available as you furnish. It may help to sketch a layout plan for your garage with a pen and paper or on a tablet. If you plan to work on a car in your garage, make sure you have room for a jack and stands.

For serious DIYers, consider coating your floor. Floor coating resists impacts, chemicals, and surface abrasion, so you can work without worrying about leaving behind stains or marks.

Storage Solutions

Bin and wall hooks can help you assign a place for every item and prevent accidents. Pegboards, for example, can hold your garden and power tools where they’re visible but still out of the reach of children. A tire mount is useful to store your winter tires. Tool chests/boxes and shelves can also help you make the most of your space.

If you have a lot of tools, invest in a tool cabinet to keep them safe, like this one from Carlyle. A packout organizer or tool box is handy for the tools you use most frequently. A magnetic strip along the side of a workbench can help you easily access small tools during a project.

Avoid storing items like paint, propane tanks, fresh food, and fridges in your garage.

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Keeping Up With Cleaning

Once you’re happy with your garage setup, follow these tips to keep the space clean and organized all year round:

  • Label storage areas so everyone puts things back properly.
  • Go through your items at least once a year and remove what you don’t need.
  • Keep a broom or vacuum in the garage to clean up after projects.

For tools, equipment, and storage items to add to your garage, check out or visit a NAPA Auto Parts store.

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