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    32 Ways To Make Your Mess Of A Garage So Much Better

    Yep, we even have ideas for how to store spray paint cans without causing a metallic avalanche.

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    1. Add magnetic garage handles and faux windows that'll bring some serious curb appeal to your home for an EXTREMELY small fraction of the price of getting some carriage-style doors. They're pricey as heck. These magnets are not.

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    Promising review: "I’ve been wanting to upgrade our garage door for a long time and now I have no idea why I waited! The magnets are super strong. Purchased two sets but only used one set of 'handles,' I wasn’t a fan of how close I had to place each set next to each other with the narrow spacing on the door itself. Paired with the magnetic 'windows,' it looks like a brand-new door!" —MrsPirate

    Get them from Amazon for $3.50+ (available in several sets and variations).

    2. Prevent drafts, dirt, water, and unwelcome insects from making their way into your garage thanks to a threshold kit.

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    The kit includes a 10' vinyl seal and tube of silicone adhesive.

    Promising review: "I couldn't be more pleased with this product. It installed easily and firmly and stopped rainwater and rodents from entering my garage immediately. There was plenty of adhesive for the job and it worked great. I applied the adhesive to the rubber strip and then my wife helped me turn it over into place." —walleyeslayer

    Get it from Amazon for $27.33.

    3. Annihilate car oil stains from your concrete garage floor with Coke.

    View this video on YouTube

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    See the full instructions on Nifty here.

    Get a 12-pack of Coca-Cola cans from Amazon for $4.88.

    4. Or if you'd rather not think about your favorite beverage breaking up stains (understandable), try an oil stain remover capable of annihilating that grease stain that you thought made your garage or driveway a goner.

    A series of customer review photos showing an oil stain being removed from the sidewalk
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    Promising review: "Changed the oil on my girlfriend's car and some oil spilled on my NEW driveway...which I didn't notice 'til four days later. Four spots all about the size of a dollar bill baking in the Arizona sun for four days. Found this searching on Amazon and I thought, whatever. That's one less vodka soda tonight for dinner. Put the stuff on (sits on the stain like pancake batter — don't be afraid to pour liberally) and let it sit from 6 p.m. 'til about 9 a.m. the next day. It dried and the instructions said to just sweep the stuff up (right, like I am not going to need a scraper and wire scrub pad for an hour. HA). Well it broke apart with the broom and the stains were gone, just swept up the powder pieces — took about a minute. I WAS SHOCKED! Something that actually works on oil and it's easy. Absolutely NO sign of anything that was there. My driveway is smooth concrete so I can't vouch for what would happen with a rougher surface but whoever makes this stuff is a genius. If they tried to take on World Peace, Earth would be a better place." —AmazonBob

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

    5. Put down an epoxy garage floor coating to help repel grease and stains from gas, antifreeze, salt, and motor oil, and cracking and peeling. It *is* a bit of a project but wow, it's so much cheaper than hiring out the job if you're willing to put in the work.

    reviewer pic of the garage floor with the gray epoxy coating on it
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    Promising review: "I had a contractor give me a quote for my 595 sq ft plus 90 or so extra sq ft in trim for a ridiculous price of $2,000. I always heard epoxy is expensive, but really they are charging for mostly labor. For $133 bucks, and in total it took me about six hours of work, half in prep and application. Painting the trim took the longest. I chose not to add the paint chips because I like the look of the solid color.

    "I allowed it to dry for 72 hours before I pulled the cars in, and waited a day before bringing stuff back in, but in the end it's totally worth it. The garage looks and feels great. Epoxy is supposed to resist stains, dirt, oil, grease, etc., but I'll have to test it over time to see how it'll hold up, but for now it looks amazing. I would recommend this to anyone with a garage." —Brian Piccolo

    Get it from Amazon for $72.21+ (available in four colors and two size areas).

    Also check out some metallic and pearlescent garage floor covering kits 

    6. Get as much stuff as possible off the floor with ceiling-mount shelves for stuff you don't use every day.

    reviewer pic of the lofted storage racks hanging from a garage ceiling
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    This shelf model has an adjustable 18"–33" ceiling drop, holds 600 lbs., and has a limited lifetime warranty.

    Promising review: "This fits our garage perfectly. We have 24" of clearance from our ceiling to the top of our garage door track. We set ours at 19" and still have room. We bought the 18"–33" version and had some confusion with the product description stating 25"–45" of drop down, but it fit perfectly with a little room to spare. If you need extra storage space and to declutter your garage floor, I would highly recommend these racks." —Alyssa Gibson

    Get it from Amazon $269.98+ each (available in two sizes).

    7. And park stuff that you need quicker access to on a heavy-duty shelving unit with a weight capacity of 350 lbs. per shelf. Yep, you DO have room for all those Costco finds after all.

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    Promising review: "We purchased these shelves to go into a small pantry where I keep all my small appliances. Some of them are very heavy and were actually warping the wire shelves that were in there when we bought the house. I can fit all of my appliances on these shelves and not only do they easy stand up to the heavy appliances, they look great too!" —vgill

    Get it from Amazon for $40.58+ (available in three sizes and two colors).

    8. Eye which storage tote contains the Christmas lights for your porch much faster thanks to some custom bin labels that are large enough to easily read. And because they're custom you can easily track down whatever the heck you've got stored in your garage. (But that's your business.)

    colorful plastic storage containers with labels on them saying decor, lights, and ornaments on them
    Calli Banana / Etsy

    Calli Banana is a Flemington, New Jersey–based shop that specializes in decals and label stickers to help you organize just about anything. 

    Get it from Calli Banana on Etsy for $3+ each (available in five text heights, a variety of fonts, and the text of your choosing).

    9. Park heavy-duty stuff or leaky vehicles on this equipment mat to prevent moisture, liquid, and rust stains from damaging your now-pristine floor.

    mat with a car packed on top of it
    Wayfair

    The waterproof layer stops motor oil, brake fluid, gasoline, coolant, and prevents these liquids from soaking through.

    Get it from Wayfair for $37.40.

    10. Coil up extension cords and easily hang them where you need them with versatile bungee cords.

    person hanging up a looped extension cord in a bungee cord hanging from a rafter
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    Each bungee cord and nylon hook can hold up to 100' of cord or hose that weighs in as much as 50 lbs.

    Promising review: "These are the handiest little cords for hanging things around the garage. I'm ordering some more. I hang things from my overhead storage racks like my climbing ropes, extension cords, and even things like extra motorcycle tires, backpacks, sawhorses, duffle bags, etc." —Jimbobrian15

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $19.97 (available in two colors).

    11. Hoist up bikes with lifts to prevent mangled wheels and make parking vehicles safer.

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    The system can lift bikes as heavy as 100 lbs. and as high as 12 ft., and has a safety locking mechanism to prevent accidents.

    Promising review: "These bike hoists are great. They have freed up a bunch of space in our garage. I have our two adult bikes lifted to our 13' ceilings, no problem. The rope is plenty long to accommodate that height. Installation was pretty straightforward. The included instructions aren't great, but they work. In total, between making measurements and actually installing everything I probably had both done in about 30 minutes. Once you do the first one, the second is very easy to install." —GrooGrux03

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $31.21.

    12. And pinpoint storage solutions for any other sports gear you have, like these kayak hanger straps.

    reviewer's pic of two kayaks mounted flat against a garage wall with straps
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    Promising review: "The only thing missing is hardware to install them. I suggest using a washer with the screws to keep the head from going through the straps. Once installed, hanging the kayaks is a breeze!" —Barbara Wiley

    Get them from Amazon for $39.

    13. Install a wall guard to prevent car door slams from scuffing up the paint job of either the wall or car.

    strip on wall to block dings from car door
    Amazon

    Promising review: "So simple and useful. I have a two-door car and a small garage. With a two-door car, the door tends to be big. It's a Mini, but still the door can swing wide to get in and out and I didn't like it hitting the wall. Someone said to nail pool noodles to the garage wall. That worked for sure. But it looked like crap. So I bought this and it's just what I needed. Too bad that I didn't level it better; but that's my fault for getting too excited about attaching it to the wall. It definitely looks better than a pool noodle." —Clutter Hater

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    14. Train teenagers (and adults) to park properly — instead of running into organized shelves — with this parking mat.

    wheel parked on the stopper
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Like the title says. I had been using makeshift garage detectors like a golf hole flag and a political sign to tell me where to stop in my garage. These are a game changer. I never have to worry about driving too far forward and hitting the wall anymore! Some people have said they couldn’t feel them at all but mine make an obvious stop — I drive into my garage slowly though. These were super easy to install and I have had no problems with them whatsoever." —Nathan Tamborello

    Get it from Amazon for $15.33.

    15. And drop another hint with this flashing LED sign that spells out S T O P.

    small stop sign
    Amazon

    Height is adjustable up to 53", the weighted base is easy to move (when not in your car), and the lights flash when contact is made with the car.

    Promising review: "Works great. The other driver in my household hasn't hit the tool box since we got this. Forget the silly suspended tennis ball or floor-mounted solutions." —Cranky Curmudgeon

    Get it from Amazon for $23.95.

    16. Organize hand tools by mounting magnetic strips to the wall, a peg board, or workbench so you won't have to rifle through drawers for a combination wrench.

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    Promising review: "This is the best price on the web for 18" magnetic tool strips. They are so good that I just bought six more. One little trick I learned is that if you need to hold really heavy stuff, mount two about 3 inches apart parallel to each other. This will allow you to mount really heavy items like 1/2" extensions that are a little too heavy for just one strip." —NorcalOldGuy

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $39.99.

    17. And use a smaller magnetic tray to keep whatever hand tools and hardware you're using for your current project within reach.

    metal tray with tools sticking to it
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Worked excellent. Kept tools and fasteners in place. I definitely recommend this!" —Lou FXDB

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    18. Find storage solutions specific to the stuff you already have with some hyper-specific items like DeWalt 20V tool holders or a spray paint can organizer.

    STT 3DPRINTSHOP / Etsy, / Etsy

    STT 3DPrintshop is a Turlock, California–based shop that makes a variety of tool organizing helpers for a variety of brands and models.

    LarryBstuff specializes in storage racks for round objects like spray paint cans and caulking tubes.

    Get them from Etsy: 10-pack of 3D-printed DeWalt tool holders from STT 3DPrintshop for $20+ (available in yellow or black) and the 20-can spray paint organizer from LarryBstuff for $79.

    19. Clean up messes faster with a wall-mounted Shop-Vac — and make the chore of vacuuming your car a breeze.

    person using the shop vac to fill up soap water spilled from a bucket
    Amazon

    The set includes a wall-mount bracket, 18' hose for wide cleaning area, three extension wands, 10" wet/dry nozzle, round brush, gulper nozzle, crevice tool, tool bag, collection filter bag, cartridge filter, and retainer.

    Promising review: "Great for those with small spaces. I bought this for the garage, but over the extremely soggy winter, it got pressed in to water removal duty. At one point, it was running semi-continuously for 24 hours, only stopping long enough to empty the water when it filled up, (roughly every 12 minutes). I was stunned it survived that whole experience." —J. Plance

    Get them from Amazon for $88.99.

    20. Store brooms, yard tools, and other long-handled things in this wall mount organizer that'll get things safely off the floor.

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    Promising review: "It mounted easily in my garage, and holds my rakes and heavy weed puller. You simply pull up on the tool to unlock the holder and it slides right out. There are also six little fold-out hooks on each one for hanging smaller items, however, I am hanging my heaviest item on one, my weed eater! That is one strong little hook!! I sometimes use them to hang extension cords when I have them wrapped up and put away. I would definitely recommend these to help declutter your garage or broom closet!" —Heather Sosa

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    21. Keep dangerous chemicals away from pets and kids in a sturdy, lockable cabinet and label everything inside.

    the cabinet mounted on the wall
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    Label everything from half-empty paint cans to Windex to get a solid grasp on shelf life and if/when they should be tossed. But be honest with yourself about if you really need that can of paint. If you choose to toss, check out some ~safe~ disposal tips from This Old House here.

    This wall-mount cabinet has a steel-reinforced shelf, lockable doors, and holds as much as 75 lbs.

    Get them from Amazon: cabinet for $88 and label maker for $13.66+

    22. And while you're at it, label the light switches you always mix up so you can finally tell the porch light from the garage light.

    pic of three light switches with labels for each
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    Get a label maker from Amazon for $13.66.

    23. Put a proper trash can in there so you can easily dump stuff from your car (or other activities) without tracking mud inside the house in pursuit of a trash receptacle.

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    This heavy-duty model is easy to lift for emptying.

    Get it from Amazon for $23.17+ (available in seven colors).

    24. Tidy up your recycling corner with these stackable bins your family can color coordinate for paper, plastic, and glass.

    three bins stacked on top of each other in a garage
    Walmart

    Promising review: "I love that they are stackable because they take up less room! When I'm ready to go to the recycle center I can easily unstack them and place them right in the back of my vehicle; ready to be unloaded! Keeps everything nice and tidy and I just restack them when I get home. They are very sturdy and the bright colors are great for sorting!" —Creed

    Get them from Walmart for $53.

    25. Park your *outdoor* footwear on a sturdy shoe rack before you go inside the house — it'll be a makeshift mudroom.

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    This shelf is sturdy enough to hold shoes or your other lightweight garage essentials.

    Promising review: "It's a shoe rack. Though I wish it were sturdier, it's doing the job well. Shoes are off the ground. They are neat and my entrance way from the garage now looks hospitable and organize. Company clearly can see that is where their shoes will live and they can use a pair of booties if they desire something on their feet. It holds just what is was designed for. I might gift this to someone." —Duji

    Get it from Amazon for $24.87.

    26. And place a welcome mat on *both* sides of the door that connects your garage to your house to avoid dirty footprints.

    welcome mat that has hello in cursive on it in front of a door
    Amazon

    This one is already pretty dark, so a little — or a lot of — dirt won't show too badly.

    Promising review: "I found it difficult to find a 'fun' welcome mat that wasn't also rude, so I was pleased to find this one. It really livens up our front porch. Our previous mat kept blowing away, but this one is heavy enough that I think it will stay put." —H. Johnsen

    Get it from Amazon for $20.47 (available in 11 color).

    27. Tidy up your "sports" corner with handy lil' golf bag organizer to keep your accessories in check.

    a reviewer's golf bag storage system
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    Promising review: "This was a birthday gift for my husband. It fits perfectly in our garage, with one side just clearing the rail for the garage door. It holds everything perfectly and is right there, ready to be loaded into the trunk of his car. My husband is not a person who enjoys putting things together...but within 15 minutes he was in the garage working on this. It went together quite quickly and he was so happy with it. It was a great purchase at a good price for the quality." —Karen Simonson

    Get it from Amazon for $99.

    28. Blast some tunes with a waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker that's small but mighty. Time to blast The Rugrats Movie soundtrack while you detail your car. (Yes, you still remember the words to "Take Me There.")

    a reviewer's photo of the speaker in blue on their work bench
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    Promising review: "I've been eyeing the Ultimate Ears Boom for years, but it's $300 price tag has always stopped me. I bought the Flip 5 after borrowing my friends Flip 4 while kayaking. It's waterproof, holds a long charge, and good sound quality (4/5-star sound). I use it whenever on the water (be aware it doesn't float, but does have a wrist strap), when working in the garage, or renovating my basement. It's great, and I don't have to think about it. Would be great if was Alexa-enabled, but that feature is only useful if you have internet (duh). For the price I paid, I cannot imagine a better deal!" —Richard

    Get it from Amazon for $119.95 (available in 14 colors).

    29. Keep your stuff secure when not in use thanks to a Genie remote control you can attach to your keys.

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    Promising review: "I have three cars, and my garage door only came with two remotes. I got tired of switching remotes in different cars, so decided to buy this remote. I'm so glad I did. It synced to my garage door in less than five minutes and now I have three working remotes. If you need a replacement or need an additional remote for your garage door, I highly recommend this." —Spencer Davison

    Get it from Amazon for $27.75.

    30. Mount a hand crank extension cord winder to keep that electrical helper in place right where you expect it.

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    Promising review: "Excellent quality, easy to install and works great! I wasn’t trying to spend a fortune on a cord reel. The Wonder Winder was within my price range and the reviews were great so I decided to give it a try. I am not a handy person, but was able to install this in my garage in about 10 minutes. Now I can’t live without this thing! It works as advertised and keeps my extension cord organized. I highly recommend!" —Rob C

    Get it from Amazon for $34.20.

    31. Or consider a retractable 30-foot extension cord you can mount on your ceiling to keep it outta the way.

    a retractable ceiling mounted extension cord
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My garage doesn’t have a lot of plugs, but it does have one on the ceiling for the garage door. I mounted it to the ceiling next to the plug and now I have power anywhere in the garage. It’s also long enough to be pulled outside for my electric smoker. It’s a lot easier than having to roll up an extension cord every time. My only regret is not getting the longer one." —Anthony

    Get it from Amazon for $42.99+ (available in five colors).

    32. If your lighting sitch leaves a lot to be desired, try out mountable industrial lighting that'll brighten up your workspace.

    a reviewer's garage with the lighting in the top
    amazon.com

    My father-in-law installed a set of these for me in our basement and my husband is planning to put another set in our garage. It's unbelievable how bright they make the room! Highly recommend.

    Promising review: "These lights are super bright and let me see everything!! I want to spend more time in my garage just because it’s not dark in there anymore!! Super easy to install, took about 15 minutes for both from opening the box to lights on!! I don’t have any issues with my garage door opener, controls, or Wi-Fi capabilities. You won’t be disappointed!!" —Jesus Torres

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $49.99.

    You to your neighbors once they take a peek at that newly zhuzhed garage:

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