If you have been following along since we bought our new house, you will know that our garage was beautiful and clean, but devoid of any storage. Today I am going to show you how you can add storage to your garage. This is pretty inexpensive and achievable. You don’t need to invest in one of those super expensive organization systems. But if you have that kind of money, I won’t judge 🙂
When we bought this house, I FULLY INTENDED to park at least ONE of our vehicles in there. But now I am not really sure if this will happen or not. And honestly, I won’t be super disappointed if it doesn’t. Because I love having this space to work on projects and for storage.
If you don’t remember what it looked like just after we moved in, here is a reminder:
I have already completed the following storage/organization areas, The first one that I tackled was my recycling station which is so super easy, and keeps down the recycling clutter. And I love it, recycling makes me happy 🙂 And because a garage is not complete without a work bench, I constructed this Easy DIY workbench.
I’m still working on the shop side of the garage. I plan to add slat wall for tools and I also hope to finish the workbench with a stain (despite objections from Greg) One thing that I would not do again is to use good one side plywood for this. I love the look of it, But it was very expensive, and it hurts me every time it gets a mark on it. And Greg, keeps telling me, as he’s making holes and marks in it, that it is JUST A WORKBENCH. I really should have done separate workbenches…
I set up this area to add storage to the garage and to flank the sides of the workbench, using these cabinets that I purchased at Canadian Tire, but for those of you not in Canada, you can get them here. Notice that there are two cabinets? Notice the little white sticker on the left? You guessed it – One is mine and one is Greg’s 🙂 Happiness is my own personal storage cabinet 🙂
Another way to add storage to your garage is by getting rid of your JUNK! I am still cleaning out all of our clutter. I have sold a few things on our local used.com site. If you aren’t using it, there may be someone out there who really needs what you have sitting in your garage collecting dust, AND they will pay you for it! I have also given away a ton of stuff to charity. I am now at the point where I really need to just organize and clean.
I love using bins to organize. I have one for my car washing supplies, of which I have a lot, as you can see. And I have to tell you that this is my favourite car product in this bin.
In order to maximize my storage potential, I am adding additional storage here to ADD MORE BINS!!
That way I can put away all of the clutter and just organize by section. I already have one for my painting supplies. Here are a few more possible categories:
- Tiling supplies
- Paint – I have a LOT of cans of spray paint
- Cleaning supplies
- Spare parts – All of those little treasures that you just can’t throw away
We also would like to have a second fridge in the garage, to keep all these EXTRAS, which are currently sitting on the credenza, which is temporarily making it’s home in the garage. And I would LOVE to have a Utility Sink in here as well. I just don’t like rinsing out paint trays in the kitchen. And since Greg is a plumber, there is no excuse why this can’t happen.
And don’t forget to take a look around your space for these hidden gems. See this little opening up here on the ceiling of the garage? We recently climbed up to take a look, and there is a LOT of space up there. However, it’s very cold, or hot – depending on the time of year. But it’s nice to know that if we end up needing additional storage space for something else, we can tap into this. We would put in a Pull Down Attic Ladder to access it.
Hopefully this will kick you (and me!) into gear to add storage to your garage. I’ll keep plugging along and provide you with an update soon.
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Your garage is looking good. I love storage and using bins to put everything in their place too. You are cracking me up about your workbench! It does sound like you might need separate workbenches:)
Thanks Miranda, Well, since we’re not parking in the garage, I suppose we could have one workbench on each side 🙂 Then he can drill as many holes as he wants in his. Mine will be the one with bling!
Misty | Simple Organized Lifestyle says
His and hers storage cabinets- love it! This space is really coming together great for your projects and I love what you have done and plan to do with garage space… a project we need to tackle too!