Storage Hacks for Your Garage

For many homeowners, the garage can be a catch all for messes instead of whatever you would really like to use it for. This can be a dilemma for anyone trying to sell their home. If you garage is not up to par, it will be hard to both sell and pack up your home. Although messes are inevitable, there are somethings that you can do to make your garage easy to organize and more functional. Some of these ideas are for organizing existing space, while others are about making use of the garage you have. These are to help get your garage looking pretty and functional for prospective buyers and to make it easier for you to pack up when it's time to move.


A mudroom can be a great addition to a home, but, unfortunately, they are not a usual part of construction here in Boise or Meridian. Yet, if your home does not have a mudroom, you can easily put together a small and simple one in your garage. You will lose some space in your garage when you do this, but it will make it more attractive, and more functional.

A mudroom is really only made up of 3 parts: a place to sit, a place to put shoes, and a place to hang your coats. That's it. However simple it is though, it can be hard to fit it into the garage so that you don't lose your optimal space. It will all depend on the layout of the garage. Once you have a vision of where you can put it (preferably by the door to the house) you can easily set up a mudroom area by buying a bench to sit on that is at least 4 feet long.

After you have your bench in place you can start looking for a place to put shoes. Now this doesn't have to be where all the shoes in your home end up, but at least the ones that are dirty or you don't wear that often. So, you don't need to worry about storing your dress shoes there. You have several different options when it comes to storing your shoes. This can be done by simply adding bins beneath the bench, or even adding a shoe organizer to the wall - anything will do really. The only rule of thumb is that they can be stored out of the way of your work, parking, or walking areas.

When it comes to hanging your coats, there are several great ideas that you can incorporate. Command hooks, and other adhesive hooks, are the simplest and most cost-effective option for coat hanging, and they can be moved to fit your specific needs. However, you can also buy a normal mounted coat rack or a freestanding coat rack to put your coats on as well. Just be sure to make it so that if any moisture falls off the coats it can be collected or redirected so it doesn't hurt the walls of you garage or the bench the you and your guests sit on.

Storing Landscaping Tools Landscaping tools: shovels, hoes, rakes, etc, are regular garage occupants, but storing them can be not only difficult, but sometimes downright painful. Due to how tall they are, landscaping tools can be difficult to store effectively, but here are some ideas that may be able to help fix that problem.

One idea is to use PVC pipes as sheaths to hold them up. The way it works is you buy several feet of 5 to 6 inch pipe and have it cut into 4 to 5 inch length couplings (one for each tool you have). You then want to attach each coupling (CAREFULLY) to a section of wall at about waist height (this can be done with screws). Once they are all attached you can slide the tool down through the coupling and it will stand in place and will be well out of the way.

Another idea is to buy a piece of plywood that is at least 2 feet high and 3 feet long. What you will do next is to cut slots in the plywood for your tools to slide into and hang from. These slots will need to be at least 3 to 4 inches wide and spaced 4 inches apart. The slots should extend from one side of the plywood 2/3 of the way through the board. So if your board is 2 feet high, then the 4 inch slots should go no farther than 16 inches from one side to the other. Now, all you need to do is mount this piece of plywood (perpendicular to the wall) so that the slots face away from the wall. Once that is secure you can slide your tools into each slot so they hang above the ground and will not be in the way. You can also hang these tools two or three deep if you want too, assuming that you have enough space and the board can hold the weight.

Storing Hand Tools

Hand tools are another regular thing that you find in garages, and when they are not properly stored, can also be a detriment to the look and functionality of it. So, it is vital that you garage can store and make use of the smaller hand tools you have.

One of the easiest things you can do is to get a standing tool chest. These can be expensive, but very useful. They will have enough space to store almost all of your hand tools, and they will be easy to access. If that is not possible for you, then you can always go with a few classic tool boxes. These can also work, but won't look as nice or be as functional in your garage.

Another idea for storing your hand tools is the use of a pegboard. Pegboards are customizable, classy, and allow you to see all the tools that you have at your disposal. You can either mount your pegboard on the wall, or you can mount it on wheels so it is portable. Not to mention they are inexpensive. A decent sized pegboard will only cost you about 25 dollars, depending on the size and usually it will come with hooks for you as well.