If you are like the majority of people with a garage, then you know how easily and quickly things can become disorganized. Most often, you get to working on a project or two and before you know it, things are everywhere. Not only do disorganized garages look terrible but they also make it almost impossible to find anything, which is extremely frustrating. The good news is that you can do a number of things to get your garage in better shape and keep it that way.
First, do not overlook the extra storage space you have above your car. Most often, this space is simply not used, which is too bad considering that there is a lot of space there to work with. Taking angle brackets and a few short pieces of 2x4 lumber, you can build a rack that would be perfect for storing certain items that are long and narrow. Just a few examples would include pipe, molding, mops, brooms, fishing poles, and so on.
Second, wall-mounted shelves are excellent for holding all types of items. You can install the lowest shelf at about 72 inches from the ground, which is plenty of room for people to walk underneath. These shelves would be excellent for storing extra gardening pots, cans of car oil, antifreeze, and other such items. Additionally, wall pegs and hooks are great for attaching things. You can find hooks in all different sizes and shapes so that a variety of items can be stored out of the way. For example, the larger hooks and pegs could easily hold a ladder, bike, snow shovel, garden rake, and so on. For smaller items such as a hammer, screwdriver, and other hand-held tools, you can use Velcro straps or magnetic strips.
Next, slot walls are very popular in that they can take an entire wall and turn it into a storage wall. Typically, these walls are constructed from composition board that is 3/4-inch thick and will have t-shaped, horizontal grooves that can hold shelves, brackets, and hooks. Sold in 4x8-foot sheets, you can cut the slot wall to fit any size or design you need. In addition to varying size, you can also choose from a number of colors and finishes.
Yet another great solution is perforated hardboard, which is also made from composition board and comes in both 1/4-inch and 1/8-inch thicknesses. These hardboards are screwed or nailed into wall studs over a finished wall and then special hooks are used to fit into the perforated holes. These holes are just 1-inch apart, which means you can store many more things. Another benefit of perforated hardboard over slot walls is that they are very affordable.
You can also buy actual shelving units designed just for garage storage. These units come in a number of materials, finishes, and sizes and are excellent for setting up in a corner or a wall that is just wasted space. Although you could store anything you like, the shelves are perfect for cans of paint, tools, and canning materials.