Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Easy garage organization tips to get things OFF the floor

The epic garage decluttering and organization continues...I'm so close to done! Just waiting on a few more items and I'll be finished. This process of purging and figuring out organization is fun to me. I'm sure many of you would rather poke your eyes out, but this stuff makes me HAPPY. 

Figuring out a solution for a storage problem is like a puzzle to me -- I enjoy researching and figuring out what will work best for us. We have one corner in our garage that wasn't working at all. It was stuffed full of items that had no home, as well as poor storage for the items that did belong there.

I SO wish I had a before photo of this spot! I'm kicking myself because the after is SO beautiful. 😂 As beautiful as garage organization can get anyway. Let's go through some of the items I used, shall we? 

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Before I tackled this spot we had a long, rolling basketball holder that was taking up too much room -- it was way more than we needed. I knew if I could find a better solution for the basketballs, I could open up a lot of space in this spot. (We have a lot of basketballs!)

Enter this awesome skinny basketball holder that was perfect!: 
skinny basketball hanger

It fits perfectly in between the garage doors -- it's SUCH a better use of space. The balls stay put when the doors open too. 

My DIY project for this garage corner is a great way to store outdoor extension cords. We had them all hung on individual hooks before, which was fine...but it looked messy and the wall they were on was full of other stuff too. So half the time they ended up on a hook with a bunch of other ones, just because it was the closest and easiest one. 

We have a lot of these cords -- I use a lot during the holidays. I wanted them streamlined and hung all together. I did some research and found this great do-it-yourself extension cord holder and immediately ran out and got the supplies. 

You'll need a pipe in whatever length you want -- I chose four feet. Get two elbow pieces and two flanges to mount it with:

pipe cord holder

It only took a few minutes to screw them all together. 

You can just attach the flanges to the wall with screws, but I wanted to make sure the whole thing was secured into studs, so I mounted the rod on a scrap piece of wood first:
pipe extension cord holder

And then hung that on the wall into studs. 

You can use the pipe to hang your extension cords however you want -- "S" hooks will work, but I didn't want them flying off when we grabbed a cord. I found these velcro cord holders and decided to use those on the pipe instead: 
DIY extension cord hanger garage

It's perfect! The pipe parts cost me $15:
DIY extension cord hanger

The bonus is that I hung this right above an outlet...so we can plug them in right there and use the cords. And it just looks GOOD! 

All of the garden tools are hung using these units we've had forever: 
garden tool wall storage

They work great -- the garden tool handle catches and stays put so they don't fall, and you can hang things as high or low as you want. This garden tool holder is the same but also has small hooks on the front -- love it! 

We have a few bats other toys that I wanted hung up and easily accessible. I realized after the fact that I could have used one of the tool holders above. Instead I came across metal garden tool holders at the hardware store and they work great!:
using tool hanger for baseball bats

The clamps hold down on the handle perfectly (and even hold wider handles just fine): 
baseball bat storage garage

I used the rest of that scrap wood to mount that one too!

We had random kid stuff like golf and softballs, bubbles and chalk that weren't organized well. I gathered everything in one spot and hung a shelf above the extension cord organizer: 
garage shelf for kid stuff

I used my favorite storage bins for those and the shelf and brackets were from Lowe's. It's high but we can all reach it just fine. If you have little ones who will need to reach these items it would be great down lower as well. 

I thought a lot about items we need to grab on the way out the door, and where it would be best to hang them. I hung our bleacher seats in this corner as well so we can throw them in the trunk on the way out: 
perfect metal garage hooks

I use those metal hooks for all kinds of things in the garage! They're great for just about anything and are easy to hang.  

My mission throughout this garage organization process has been to get things off the floor, but at in an efficient way. When we moved in a few years ago I just threw hooks up on the wall everywhere.

This time I thought carefully about what we use and where I should place them on the wall. The last item I wanted to hang here was my husband's golf bag. It had been on the floor for...well, forever -- and it was a mess. 

This golf bag mount was a bit of a spurge but totally worth it! I love that it's up off the floor and super secure. This thing is awesome: 
golf bag wall hanger

It was easy to install and the bag fits perfectly. 

All of these add up to a perfectly organized corner that holds WAY more than it did before: 
hanging everything on garage walls

And it looks way better than it did before too! 

This is where a before pic would be GREAT, darn it: 
garage corner with hanging storage

I can't believe how much I was able to fit over here! I love this corner! :) 

Here are all of the items I shared in one spot if you are interested. I also linked the fishing rod brackets I still need to hang and the bike hanger we use -- it is a pulley system that hangs from the ceiling. 

GARAGE ORGANIZATON ITEMS: 


I hope to share the full garage makeover next week! 

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2 comments:

  1. You could make the extension cords look even prettier and more compact if you try the slip knot method of "wrapping" them. Google "Contractor's Wrap" and it will show you how to do it. My husband stores his this way and it takes up less space and looks so much nicer!

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  2. Thanks for the great ideas! Currently doing the same thing in our garage. What are your garage walls covered in? Ours is sheetrock and it's a nightmare...going to have to recover in the future.

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