Looking for ways to clean up and organize your garage? We’ve collected some of the best DIY Garage Hacks to help you achieve that goal.
It is far too easy for the garage to become the dumping ground for all things outdoors (and many things that belong indoors). I know this from personal experience, given that I live in a house with a 3 car garage but for MANY years could not even consider fitting a car inside the garage.
A friend of mine once pointed out that we store all of our cheap crap safe and sound inside the garage, which means we have no room to place our (relatively) expensive cars.
Not that I drive anything fancy, but even a decent Mazda is going to coast you more than those 4 bikes that you have been piled up in the corner, which nobody rides because nobody can reach them.
To that end, we have collected some of the best DIY Garage Hacks to help you clean up and organize your garage so that maybe…. just maybe… you can fit a car in there someday. Maybe.
DIY Pegboard Garage Storage Wall
This low-profile pegboard storage wall creates plenty of space to store all of your tools, paint, and other garage accessories without taking up much floor space.
Although the monogrammed letter in the middle isn’t really necessary for storage purposes, it does give a nice, personalized touch. Who says that DIY garage hacks can’t be pretty?
Magnetic Drill Bit Holder as a Quick & Easy DIY Garage Hack
Never deal with the frustrations of having to dig through the tool box to find the right drill bit ever again. This hacked magnetic knife bar works perfectly as a quick and easy way to store drill bits so they are readily available to grab for the next DIY project.
DIY Wood Saw Blade Caddy
Keep your saw blades separated and protected with this simple blade caddy. Best part is that you can easily adjust the plans to add more slots (if needed) to handle more blades (if you have them).
DIY Hanging Bike Rack
This inexpensive bike rack (less than $20 in materials) can help you get the entire family’s bikes off the garage floor and safely stowed away against one wall.
There’s even room for helmets and other biking accessories!
Use Old Jars to Store Leftover Paint
Old paint cans take up a LOT of space in the garage, even if there’s only a tiny bit of paint left. But you always want to hold onto leftover paint for as long as possible just in case you need to touch up a spot somewhere down the line.
By pouring leftover paint into old jars, you can give the paint a nice tightly sealed container with less air inside, which helps the paint last longer AND takes up less space.
Just remember to peel the paint color formula label off the can (if you can) or simply add a label on top to indicate what paint is inside the jar in case you need to have more mixed later.
If you live in a colder climate (where the paint would freeze during the winter), this might not as appropriate as a DIY garage hack, but you can still use this trick to store your paint indoors.
DIY Slip & Slide In Shelves
By creating a set of shelves to hold your individual tools, they can always be easily located and easily put back in their place.
Drill holes in a 1 x 4 piece of wood to house a variety of screwdrivers. Add slide-in slots by cutting grooves into the wood to house wider tools including your chisels.
Smaller pieces of wood can be placed over each other to create slats that will hold larger hand tools such as planes. All you need is a gap at the top to grip the top edge of the plane, and a ledge at the bottom for the plane to rest on.
DIY Plastic Pipe Cord & Hose Holders
This simple DIY garage organization hack uses pieces of 3″ ABS plastic piping to create a rounded holder that is perfect to avoid kinks and damage in your electrical cords and water hoses.
Inexpensive DIY Garage Storage Wall
For less than about $300 in materials, you can build this amazing storage wall to handle ALL your stuff… in less than a day!
I stress the “You” in that equation being “You, who is relatively handy…” It would take me about 2 or 3 days to get this done, but I’m slower than most.
DIY Slatwall Storage Bin System
One of the key advantages of a slatwall storage bin system is that is interchangeable to fit your current storage needs.
Different hooks or pegs, different bins, and entirely different configurations are all possible with these easily adjustable storage systems.
DIY Garage Storage Lazy Susan Shelf
Tucked into the corner of the garage, these rotating Lazy Susan shelves shelves maximum storage while keeping things readily at hand and easy to find.
By mounting the rounded shelves on two Lazy Susan disks, one attached to the bottom and one to the secured wall-shelf at the top, this unit spins nicely without fear of toppling.
And nobody likes a Wobbly Lazy Susan!
DIY Garage Storage Bin System
As featured in our 50 Nifty DIY Storage Ideas article, this handy system uses some basic bins in two sizes (and two colors for a bit more of an aesthetic appeal) that will let you organize everything you need in the garage.
This is certainly not one of our most complicated DIY garage hacks, but it gets the job done!
Overhead Garage Storage Bins
If a wall-mounted storage system won’t work for you for whatever reason, you can get the stuff you don’t use very often up and out of the way with ceiling mounted racks that can hold all of your storage bins.
This is a great place to store seasonal decorations, summer toys (during the winter) or winter toys (during the summer) as well as anything else that you only need once in a blue moon.
Jar Hardware Containers
Jars of various sizes make the perfect storage container for smaller hardware items including nuts, bolts, washers, nails, screws, and more.
Simply nail or screw the lid onto a solid surface and then twist the jar into place.
Stacked Bin Storage Towers
Stacking bins are a great way to store infrequently used items, until you need to get to something that’s in the bottom bin.
This space-saving design allows you to neatly stack the bins, but each can be pulled out and accessed individually.
Plus, this design provides additional hanging storage on each of the sides.