Have you got a garage that’s in serious need of some TLC? Garages are usually the last places that get some decor and planning. Usually used as a place to park your car or used as storage – you’ll be surprised how you can transform your garage into an organized and well used part of the house!

But why not try some of these 38 Genius Hacks To Improve Your Garage! With some clever ideas like how to install a slat wall to hang and organize smaller accessories, use slices of PVC pipe to hold your gardening tools or even repurposing empty coffee cans as miniature recycling centers.

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1. Use a slat wall to hang and organize smaller accessories.

Add as many hooks and baskets as you need.

Learn more at A Beautiful Mess.

2. Or try a pegboard wall one instead.

The most helpful holes in the world. Praise pegboards.

Learn more at Positively Splendid.

3. Keep every tool in its proper place with outlines.

“Honey, stop hanging the wrench on the hammer hook!”

Learn more at Hey, Let’s Make Stuff.

4. Have a spare chest of drawers hanging around? Turn ‘em into a workbench.

This glorious workbench was made using the Rast chests from Ikea: they’re only $34!

Learn more at A Prudent Life.

5. Install a set of old school lockers and assign one to each member of your family.

Where do you find old lockers? Keep an eye on Ebay, Etsy, or Craigslist.

Learn more at 100 Things 2 Do.

6. Create extra space and store bikes vertically.

This is actually an Ikea hack using a Stolmen post.

Learn more at Ikea Hackers.

7. Or hang them from the ceiling.

Just make sure the hooks are secure!

Learn more at C.R.A.F.T.

8. Get some air with a sliding screen door.

Yes—garage screen doors exist! If you spend a lot of time in your garage (or if you live in an area plagued by mosquitos and other bugs), you may want to invest in one.

Learn more at Shanty 2 Chic.

9. Have a “no shoes allowed in the house” policy? Maximize floor space and store them on a rackinstead of the ground.

Ban dirt.

10. Or use a stack of vintage crates.

An old bottle holder is great for storing scarves, hats, and mittens.

Learn more at Finding Home.

11. Repurpose empty coffee cans as miniature recycling centers.

Store them alongside your larger paper, plastic, and glass recycling containers.

Learn more at Lil Blue Boo and here’s some general information about recycling batteries.

12. Garages can be pretty dreary places—add some color and paint the door that goes into your house.

Stencil on a cheery message for good measure.

Learn more at Being Home.

13. Turn a corner of your garage into a mudroom.

Garage glamour.

Learn more at A Bowl Full of Lemons.

14. Conserve space with a fold-up worktable.

This is a great option for people with small spaces *or* those who don’t plan to use their garage as a workshop very frequently.

Learn more at Turtles and Tails.

15. Store screws and nails in old gum containers.

Do *not* throw those handy lidded containers away!

Learn more at The Ugly Duckling House.

16. Use slices of PVC pipe to hold your gardening tools.

Learn more at Ashbee Design (and click here for some tips on cutting PVC pipe).

17. Put a pallet to work as sports equipment storage.

Shoot, score, clutter no more.

Learn more at Clean & Scentsible.

18. Keep sports balls contained with a wire wall basket.

It’s no good to have them rolling around the garage floor and getting under the car.

Learn more at Jenna Burger.

19. Have an athletic family? Build a rolling sports goods storage cart.

Push it out into the yard and play ball!

Learn more at Shanty 2 Chic.

20. Easily move your tools to whatever corner of the garage you’re working in with this DIY caddy.

Of course it’s made from pegboards. Pegboards are the garage MVP.

Learn more at Mom 4 Real.

21. Hang your fishing rods from a ceiling rack to keep them out of the way.

You can buy one here… but if you’re handy with a jigsaw, it would be a cinch to make your own.

22. Store your spraypaint in a shoe organizer.

This shoe organizer is super cheap – get it.

Learn more at Hi Sugarplum.

23. Construct a storage tower to place in a empty corner.

These shelves are the perfect size for keeping tubs on.

Learn more at Bower Power.

24. You don’t need to be an expert handyman to build these simple shelves.

You just need some wood and brackets.

Learn more at Shanty 2 Chic.

25. Install a beam to hang wet jackets and snow-pants on.

They can drip dry in the garage instead of the entryway.

Learn more at One Good Thing by Jillee.

26. Don’t leave bicycles and scooters toppled over in a corner—use a rack to safely park them.

This DIY option even includes hooks for hanging helmets on.

Learn more at Addicted to DIY.

27. Or create designated parking spaces for your children’s vehicles using tape.

They’ll learn how to parallel park at a young age.

Learn more at I’m An Organizing Junkie.

28. If you really want to house your children’s driving toys in style, make them their own mini garage.

This way they’re protected from the elements but not taking up space in your *actual* garage.

Learn more at Mom Endeavors.

29. Hang up a magnetic strip to hold screwdrivers, wrenches, and scissors.

Or paintbrushes—anything with some metal.

Learn more at One Good Thing by Jillee.

30. Utilize the space above your garage door with mounted shelving.

This would be a good place to store holiday decorations and other things you don’t need all that frequently.

Buy them here.

31. Use large metal buckets to store children’s outdoor toys.

If you think the contents of the buckets will change frequently, you could make easily erasable labels using chalk and chalkboard paint.

Learn more at Random Thoughts of a Supermom.

32. Painting a concrete floor makes it easier to clean and helps protects your garage from mildew.

If you stain it, you can paint it again! It’s pretty darn easy.

Learn more at Clean and Scentsible.

33. But if you’re stuck with plain concrete, spruce it up with this miracle cleaner.

You probably already have the ingredients on hand.

Learn more at I Should Be Mopping the Floor.

34. Do a lot of building? Make yourself a lumber cart to organize your supplies.

This way you can easily figure out what you need (or don’t need) before you head off to Home Depot.

Learn more at Shanty 2 Chic.

35. Of course the easiest way to organize scrap wood is to dump it in a bucket.


Learn more at Simply Designing.

36. Consolidate leftover paint into jars.

You’ll have so much more space!

Learn more at Hi Sugarplum.

37. After painting a room, save a swatch of the paint color for future reference.

This way when you need to touch up the walls in your bathroom, you’ll know that you used Rustic Sunset not Orange Glow.

Learn more at Hi Sugarplum.

38. And if you can’t find a place for something, put it in a tub.

Emergency kits, tarps, camping goods, saws: a tub for everything!

Learn more at A Bowl Full of Lemons.

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