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26 Ridiculously Clever Storage Ideas For Your Garage

Store fishing poles on your garage doors, lock up chemicals in a sturdy cabinet, loft stuff you don't use every day, and more tips to get your garage more organized than it's ever been before!

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1. First things first, put dangerous chemicals and products in a LOCKABLE cabinet that'll keep out kids and pets, and label everything inside with contents and dates.

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This sturdy 30-1/4" wall storage cabinet has double-wall resin construction, one steel-reinforced shelf, lockable doors, and holds up to 75 lbs.!

Promising review: "We bought three of these for the garage. They're surprisingly sturdy and gave us much needed floor space by getting rid of a couple of sets of shelves." —TheCraftyWench

Get the cabinet from Amazon or Walmart for $85.99 and label maker from Amazon for $28.49

2. Make your doors moonlight as fishing buddies with these garage door racks that can hold fishing rods, lawn tools, and other long, skinny items you need on hand, but out of the way.

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Hardware included for easy, no tool installation on standard garage doors. If the door is a hard insulated or wood door, self tapping screws are not included but can be shipped at no cost. Can also be installed on walls and ceilings.

Promising review: "I love these racks. They work just like they say. I have two sets with all of my best poles. It works with my surf rods and with my casting rods wonderfully. I did have to move my hurricane braces down a couple of inches from the top edge of the panels. That was my door installer's fault for trying to save on screws. I have no problems with mine falling out and I use my garage like a front door." —amo

Get them from Amazon for $35 (available in two sizes), Walmart for $34.99 (one size), or The Home Depot for $34.69 (one size).

3. Do your part with a trio of stacking recycling bins that won't hog precious floor space.

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Plus, color coding will make it easier for kids to follow the recycling organizational rules!

Promising review: "My recycling truck comes only twice a month and these are a great help with sorting. They are pretty big." —Lexi

Get them from Target for $39.99 or The Home Depot for $47.81.

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4. Set aside a spot for this ELFA system built to hold all your gardening tools. You've gotta put that stuff somewhere!

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Promising review: "I have a small villa with a one-car garage and wanted my gardening 'stuff' contained to a specific area. This fit the bill exactly. I have a separate potting bench within reach. I've been using the ELFA system in various homes since it first came out and I will use no other shelving. Even the installer was impressed." —Mish

Get it from The Container Store for $224.22.

5. Mount magnetic strips as a designated spot for your hand tools so you can quickly find the right size wrench for the job.

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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 three 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 $32.99.

6. Get scrappy with a tiny amount of wall space thanks to this hand tool organizer.

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This easy-to-mount organizer has 103 slots total, including 61 for a variety of hand tools, 2 large round slots for hammers, 14 medium size slots for wider tools, 13 hanging hooks perfect for boxed end wrenches, and 13 larger oval slots for awkward Items. Installation directly to wall studs is recommended.

Get it from Amazon for $11.99 or Walmart for $13.10.

7. Turn an unused corner into lawn tool central with a sturdy tool tower that'll hold up to 40 items!!!

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Promising review: "I have a small, 1-car garage and this fit perfectly in the corner. It holds nearly all of my yard tools (1 rake, 2 regular shovels, 1 snow shovel, 1 yard broom. and 1 weed whacker). I like that there is extra storage on the bottom for the weed whacker line and dustpans. I even have some of my small gardening tools inserted into the holes on the top shelf." —Obsidian

Get it from Amazon for $39.59, Walmart for $39.59, Hayneedle for $40.15, or Jet for $45.14.

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8. Stash bottles of cleaning products in unused space thanks to this slide-out storage tower that's so clever you'll wonder why you didn't think of it!

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Promising review: "Great little slide-in storage for small spaces. I use mine in between the wall and cabinet to store small items out of sight. I also bought one for the garage to store my cleaning supplies. It makes it easy to keep spray bottles all in one place." —Hpykirk

Get it from Amazon for $24.99 or a similar one from Walmart for $23.99.

9. Stow away large hand tools like rakes and shovels on a wall-mount organizer so you won't step on a rake and hit yourself in the forehead. Again.

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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 de-clutter your garage or broom closet!" —Heather Sosa

Get it from Walmart for $9.99 or Amazon for $11.99.

10. Use that empty space above with some ceiling-mount racks perfect for stuff you ocassionally need to access.

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Promising review: "Very nice and sturdy. Not difficult to install, but it is time consuming. Someone wrote they installed it in 40 minutes. That's just not true (unless you have 4 people). It takes at least 2–3 hours as there are about 60 sets of bolts and nuts, plus the time it takes to measure, mark, find studs, and drive the anchors (all above your head on a ladder). Yet, the work pays off. The instructions are fairly easy to follow and well-illustrated, and the final product is sturdy and looks sharp. The shipping was incredibly fast and arrived in perfect shape. I put approximately 400 lbs. of weight on it and it seems to be holding very well with no sagging. It says it can hold up to 600 lbs., which seems about right. I would highly recommend this product." —ChadL

Get it from Amazon for $164.99 (available in white and black) or Walmart for $169.99.

11. Park dirty work boots and other *outdoor* shoes on a tiered shoe rack before you walk in the house to avoid some cleanup. Perhaps.

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Promising review: "Can't beat this for the price. The quality is top rate, and it is nice that it did not wobble one bit. No adjustments needed and it was very easy to put together. I had it set up in my garage for shoes, and when my adult daughter came over, she loved it and begged me for it, since she said she needed one in her own closet, whereas I was using it for the garage. I gave in reluctantly and gave it to her. I highly recommend this!" —Marie

Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (three sizes), Walmart for $29.99, or Jet for $29.99.

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12. Hoist up bikes with an easy-to-install pulley system that can handle bikes up to 45 lbs.!

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Has a solid steel construction with nylon rope, rubber-coated hooks to prevent scratches, and a safety engineered locking mechanism to prevent accidental release.

Promising review: "I have used other bike mounts such as the wall types but have found that they don't work too well and are inconvenient to take down the bike you need. I decided to go with this particular bike mount because of its beam design because I would be able to adjust the pulleys with the stopper. This is much more efficient compared to the other ones that you need to screw the pulleys into the wall individually. The bike mount was able to be pulled up quite easily and held the bike in place. Lowering the bike was just as easy and held the bike level as it descended. This bike mount seems to work great for all the different type of bikes that I have, but also great for anything else that can hook onto the hooks and is in the weight limit." —M Tech

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

13. Organize hardware and other bits in OG clear storage drawers that'll help you find the right wall anchor for that mirror you've been putting off installing for a few months.

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PSSST, these are great for organizing crafts and beauty products, too!

Promising review: "I have several of the StackOn parts organizers in different styles. These are very inexpensive and a great way to clean up your clutter or to save small parts that you would otherwise throw out, only to later wish you had saved them. They do not include dividers for the drawers. I believe they are sold separately. It is possible to mount them onto a wall, but I've not tried this. These are not high-dollar parts bins. If that's what you are after, you should purchase something else. I gave them five stars because I knew that, for the price, these things are a good value. If I break some of the drawers eventually, I'll replace them. They are so cheap, unless you are working out of them all day, every day, you probably do not need a more durable, more expensive product." —Jeffrey Wheeler

Get it from Amazon for $21.98+ (available in five sizes) or Jet for $26.39+ (three sizes).

14. Or, keep it versatile with a mobile toolbox that makes good use of vertical space and comes apart when you need it to.

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Promising review: "Bought this for more organization in the garage. I keep all my screws, nails, nuts, and bolts in the small compartments and my hammers, screw drivers, drills, etc., in the drawers. For the price, it was a great value. The reason the other reviewer probably had a tough time with it is because it's clearly not built for lugging around a 100+ lbs. The more weighed down the drawers are, the harder it's going to be to open them smoothly. I haven't had any issues with the drawers or anything else in the time that I've had it. Good buy." —Hailey

Get it from Amazon, The Home Depot, Walmart, or Jet for $50.38, or Target for $69.99.

15. Transform a blank wall into a display worthy of Tim "The Toolman Taylor" with a galvanized steel pegboard system that'll let you adjust your storage options as your tool collection grows.

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Includes 2 galvanized metal pegboard panels 32"x16" (covers 32"x32" when installed), 12 standard hooks with 3/4 reach, 4 medium hooks with 1-7/8 in. reach, 2 long hooks with 6 in. reach, 2 U-hooks with 3 in. reach, mounting hardware, and instructions.

Promising review: "The board was simple to install and looks really great compared to my old one. The metal appearance and durability really sets off the garage and workbench. I could not be more pleased with it." —Mike

Get it from The Home Depot for $45.42.

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16. Invest in a wall-mounted shop vac because though your one that's on casters and resembles a droid is handy, its meddling ways are not as cute as the same thing in a sci-fi classic.

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This 12 amp vacuum picks up both wet and dry messes and converts to a blower. Has a 4 gallon semi-translucent dirt tank and hose that stretches to 32 feet. Comes with 7 attachments and accessory bag.

Promising review: "It is a little big but fits nicely in a corner of my garage. My wife and daughter love it also and I've never seen the inside of their cars look cleaner. For a residential garage vacuum, it seems to be high quality. So far, very satisfied and would definitely recommend." —t4528js

Get it from Amazon for $160.89.

18. Switch to a folding workbench as a lightweight sawhorse alternative so your DIY area won't cramp your car's style.

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Made resin and lightweight aluminum legs, has a weight limit of up to 1000 lbs., and folds down to 4.5".

Promising review: "We have a small-ish town house, so there isn't room for a big garage workbench and all that kind of stuff, so this has really helped. The table sets up in a flash, and takes down quite easily. When it's set up properly it is quite sturdy and the two levels are nice so you can have a place to put tools or materials you're not actively using but will need. The included clamps are a nice touch, but are a bit on the cheap side I noticed, I left them out in the rain once and they are now thoroughly rusted, but since they were an add in, I'm not holding that against them. All in all, a handy little piece of equipment if you're on the move or have a shortage of storage space, I highly recommend it." —Andrew Paquette

Get it from Amazon for $69.33.

19. Corral your gear into this golf organizer so you can go in a jiffy when your bud wants to meet at the course.

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Has adjustable feet for leveling.

Promising review: "This is a well-made, easy-to-assemble organizer. I found it well worth the purchase price. I am happy that it has helped me achieve my goal of making my garage less cluttered and I spend less time looking for my gear when getting ready to go out for golf as it's all in one place." —Waneta L. Turner

Get it from Amazon or The Home Depot for $69.19, or Target for $69.99.

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20. Store your wintry sports gear on a ski storage rack where it'll be safe and sound 'til next time you hit the slopes.

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Promising review: "Easy to adjust and install. Eliminated taking up all of my garage space. Coupled the bike rake with the ski rack and I can get even better utilization." —Jeffrey A Jensen

Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (three sizes) or Wayfair for $79.99 (one size).

21. Load your spares onto a sturdy tire rack — or use it for bikes and storage tubs. It's your garage, do what you want! (Within reason, of course.)

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Promising review: "I needed to get four mounted racing rain tires off the ground, and this rack was just the ticket. Easy to install (finding the studs was the hardest task), and easy to use. It's not lightweight aluminum, so have someone help for the extra hands if you cannot hold it up yourself. Once on the wall, I tightened all the fasteners to ensure it didn't rock." —rpmchris

Get it from Walmart or Hayneedle for $39.15.

23. Prevent trips and other scary accidents with an extension cord winder that can store as much as 150 feet of cord!

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Designed for indoor or outdoor use. Stores up to 150 feet of 16/3 cord, 100 feet of 14/3 cord, or 75-Feet of 12/3 cord.

Promising review: "Product is fantastic! Easy to install and set up. Now my power cords are up off the floor out of the way and are easily accessible for use. I just pull out the amount of power cord I need and when done it is an easy task to real the power cord back into the holder bag. Also no more bending over to pick up power cord for my bad back! Am I a happy customer, you betcha!" —JamesR

Get it from Amazon for $24.34.

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24. ~Safely~ contain sports balls in this triple storage bin that'll let you see what's inside when it's time for a game of HORSE.

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Promising review: "I was thrilled with this purchase. I wasn't sure how much it would hold when I saw it in the store, but I was very impressed with the amount each section ended up holding. I was able to get rid of huge bins full of balls in my garage and fit all of them in this. It's made of really sturdy material, and it looks awesome in my garage. I love it so much I ordered a second one to hold nerf guns and other sporting equipment. I would absolutely, hands down recommend this!" —HBMomof5

Get it from The Container Store for $49.

25. Stack items that won't fit nicely on wall mount storage on a steel shelving unit that can hold up to 4,000 lbs.

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Made of industrial-grade steel with Z-beams for strength and rigidity. Holds up to 4,000 lbs. total or 800 lbs. on each shelf. Shelves can be adjusted in 1.5" increments for customized storage space. Assembles in minutes with no nuts or bolts.

Get it from Amazon for $70.58, Walmart for $75.05, or Jet for $75.05.

26. OR if all of these products, won't cut it in organizing your current garage, you can always build a new one with a garage kit that includes nearly everything except the garage door and the folks to do the hard work.

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Hey, people used to order house kits from the Sears catalog. Really!

Get this single-car garage kit from The Home Depot for $4,518.60. Check out different styles here, here, here, here, and here.