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

Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor would be so proud.

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1. Slap on some magnetic accents to fake the look of expensive carriage-style garage doors.

The anti-rust set includes six pieces, which is enough for one door. They easily release with 10 lbs. of pressure, so you can take them with you when you move.

Promising review: "Our garage door was pretty sad and boring looking. I saw the idea for 'faux carriage doors' on Pinterest and came to Amazon to look for the magnetic hardware. I painted on 'windows' with Rust-Oleum gloss black paint and added this magnetic hardware. This hardware looks great and stays in place." --A. Mays

Get them from Amazon for $39.99.

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

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." --Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $27.33.


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

View this video on YouTube

See the full instructions on Nifty here.

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

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

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 $179.95 each.

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

It can hold as much as four times its weight in liquid without damaging flooring underneath, including cement, brick, tile, stone and wood. Aka, it's perfect for your snow blower.

Get it from Wayfair for $42.99. And get a motorcycle mat from Improvements for $79.99.


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

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 for $19.97 (available in two colors).

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

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 straight forward. 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 $22.

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

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 $50 (+$11.99 shipping).

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

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 $6+ (also available in yellow).


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

It comes equipped with reflective tape for easier aiming and adhesive tape so it'll stay put.

Promising review: "I just finished my garage floors with epoxy and wanted to use these to keep my cars from pulling in too close to the wall. Though I didn't want to install them directly on the floor, I used the supplied adhesive tape to attach them to a 1' X 1" rubber mat I got at Lowe's. They work great and remain tightly fixed to it." --G. Merti

Get it from Amazon for $14+ (also available in yellow).

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

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 $12.96.

13. 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.,

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 $27.99.

14. Clean up messes faster with a wall-mounted shop vac -- and make the chore of vacuuming your car a breeze.

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 $47.49.


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

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 Amazon for $11.99.

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

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+.

18. 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.,

This heavy-duty model has a locking lid so the family dog can't have a field day with its contents.

Promising review: "Good garbage can, with a good lid. The wheels make it easier to empty and transport. Large size, but not too wide. I like that it is taller rather than wider, so that it can fit more easily in many kinds of spaces." --Tina the S.

Get it from Amazon for $23.73.


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

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 $39.99.

20. Park your *outdoor* footwear on a sturdy shoe rack before you go inside the houseā€”it'll be a makeshift mudroom.,

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

Promising review: "This makes for a great shoe rack, perfect for any garage. Holds about four pairs of adult shoes on each rack." --Alex

Get it from Amazon for $25.15.

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

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 $19.99 (available in a variety of designs).

Now you'll have the room and ability to do all sorts of Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor-like things in your garage...including whatever he's doing here. (Actually, plz don't do this.)