Maintaining a clean and organized garage is an ongoing task. Ideally, you can use the space for storing your belongings and your vehicles. To make the most of the available space, here are a few must-have items for garage organization.

Useful Items for Garage Organization

Plastic Bins

Plastic storage bins with lids are perfect for keeping things safe in the garage. These bins are sturdy and keep your belongings safe from water and pests. In a damp or humid garage, cardboard boxes may deteriorate and be damaged by rodents. Plastic storage boxes come in various sizes and colors to help you stay organized. Purchase clear bins or use a labeling system to mark what’s inside.


No matter the size of your garage, installing shelving will increase your storage space. Add shelves to the walls and even the corners. You can purchase stand-alone shelving that is sturdy and great for organizing your belongings. Choose heavy-duty plastic or metal shelves to store heavier items and boxes of your belongings.

Overhead Storage for Garage Organization

Items you don’t need often can be stored overhead and out of the way, including out-of-season clothing, kayaks, and holiday decorations. Build shelving or purchase a system for storing things in the rafters. Some overhead storage units have tracks to slide plastic bins into for safekeeping.


Pegboard is a perfect solution for garage storage. Items are easy to see, as they are displayed on the pegboard. Purchase hooks, baskets, and shelves to attach to the board and store a variety of items. Your pegboard is simple to customize for organizing garden tools, art supplies, car care materials, and household tools and fasteners.

Tool hangers

There are many different systems to store tools. One of the simplest is to install a row of clips to hold long-handled tools. These clips are screwed or bolted to the wall and open and close to grasp the handle of the tool you’re hanging.

Tool clips are inexpensive and easy to use. There are metal and plastic versions and some types have rollers that allow the handle to slide easily into the clip. Use these hangers to hold rakes, brooms, shovels, paint rollers, and mops.

Garage Organization for Sports Equipment

If your family is active, you may have various equipment like balls, shoes, safety pads, and other gear. The garage is a good place to keep sporting equipment organized and out of the way. A ball corral is a wooden, metal, or plastic frame with stretchy cords that keep volleyballs, footballs, soccer balls, and basketballs contained.

You can purchase wall or ceiling mountable bicycle storage racks. Use large plastic bins to hold football pads and jerseys, rollerskates and helmets, and martial arts sparring gear and striking pads.


Cabinets hold your belongings neatly behind a closed door. Mount cabinets to the walls or purchase free-standing cabinet systems. If you’re storing hazardous materials, like paints, household cleaners, car care products, and lawn chemicals, choose a cabinet with a lock to keep these products out of the reach of children and pets.

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