5 Tips to Organize Your Garage Fast!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Rubbermaid®. The opinions and text are all mine
We recently moved into a new home with a 2 car garage located in the country. Our last house was in the city and didn’t have a garage, so I’m really excited to FINALLY have a garage! I spent way too many cold winters outside in my old driveway working on the cars. It’s going to be great working on them indoors for a change!
Unfortunately, the aftermath of moving left my garage full of stuff – inhabitable for our car(s)! I needed to organize my garage so I could fit the cars in it again, and I needed to do it fast!
The leaves are already changing colors here in Southeastern, MA so time is ticking!
The good news is, without having enough time to build shelving or overhead storage, I was able to organize my garage enough to fit both cars inside within only a few hours.
Here are 5 tips to organize your garage fast!
Install a rail storage system like the Rubbermaid® FastTrack® Rail™ (available at Lowe’s in the garage organization aisle).
With just one 12-piece Rubbermaid FastTrack Rail Garage Storage System, I was able to neatly store almost one full wall of stuff! The 12-Piece system came with 3 48″ rails, 2 ladder hooks, 2 multi-purpose hooks, 2 utility hooks, and 3 cooler hooks. The rails are mounted to the garage wall into the studs, and the hooks are clipped onto the rails. This setup gives an unlimited amount of different combinations to fit your individual needs.
Our garage before the organization.
This is the fastest way to organize your garage space. The adjustable and portable system installs quickly and the hooks lock onto the rail easily.
Personally, I love the unlimited adjustability and the locking grippers on accessory hooks, which provide reinforced security when attaching hooks to the rail.
Each hook holds up to 50 lbs. and, each rail is made with steel and holds 1750 pounds.
Hang bikes from the ceiling.
Hang bikes from the ceiling using hooks or a pulley system. Bikes are fairly lightweight, so they are easy to pick up overhead to catch a hook. A pulley system like the one pictured saves you from doing any lifting. Just attach the hooks to the handlebars and the seat, and pull down on the rope to lift the bike up and out of the way. Just make sure you catch a stud when mounting your hook or pulley system.
Utilize garage building features like ledges.
Many garages have features that you can take advantage of for storing items. My garage has a concrete ledge that the walls sit on that gives me about 3 inches of “shelf” space for things like bottles and cans. You might have something similar, maybe even exposed studs or ceiling joists. You can hang things from ceiling joists like outdoor chairs or strollers. Exposed studs make great built-in shelves. Just cut some 1×4 stock to length, and mount them between the studs for some great built-in shelves.
Organize by tool/equipment purpose.
Effective organization will help to find things easily in the future. Store items according to categories. Garden tools, mechanic tools, outdoor furniture, toys, etc. should all be kept together. In the future when you need your garden rake, you’ll know exactly where to go to find it.
Keep as much stuff off the floor as possible. Shelving is an obvious solution. However, there are many other solutions to achieve a clutter free floor. My favorite solution so far has been the Rubbermaid FastTrack Rail Garage Storage System. It’s way easier and faster to install than shelving, and it’s way more customizable. You can even purchase shelf brackets and a wire shelf for the Rubbermaid FastTrack Rail Garage Storage System!
My garage is now clear enough for me to fit both cars inside. I still have a few more things to store up and off the floor. I guess I’ll need to purchase more Rubbermaid FastTrack Rails from Lowe’s to get it done!
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Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
I need to show this to my husband. He’s been talking about organizing the garage for months, and these are great ideas!
robin rue says
You should SEE what our garage looks like right now. We need these tips BADLY!!
Jeni Hawkins says
That FastTrack Rail is exactly what I need right now for my garage! I TOTALLY am going to get one – seems like a snap to use, too!
Melissa Chapman says
That is the cleanest garage even when it was full. Be careful my husband hung up his bike and never took it down 15 years later, but I love that system in your garage.
I could definitely use something like this in my garage. There is such a mess in my garage that it might take a lot more than just these to get it clean.
Great tips. My husband is working on getting our garage more organized. I’ll share these ideas with him.
Claudia Krusch says
I need to organize my garage this weekend. I will have to try these great tips. I like how everything has a spot to go.
Vanessa Delia says
I need those hanging deals! They would open up so much room in my garage.
I’ve got those all through my garage and they’re SO great! Super easy to install and a really terrific way to organize the garage.
YAYYY!! Look at all that room you have now! I installed ours and love how it made things easy to reach.
Oh, we can definitely utilize these great tips! Our garage used to be more organized. You’ve given us ideas and motivation to help us get it that way again. Thanks!
Krsitin Lesney says
Oh these are sio great! My hubby would love this!
My garage is downright embarrassing. I hate it when I open the garage door and a neighbor walks by. Need to try your organization so I can take out the trash without a bag over my head.
Toni | Boulder Locavore says
I really love these ideas! Our garage needs a makeover and I’m definitely using these tips!
I love it, I know the struggles of not having a garage. lol. So hopefully I will be shopping for this in the near future. :)
We don’t have a garage in our condo, but this would be a great birthday present for my dad! It looks so easy to use!
I need to get this system for my garage. It would be nice to park in it this winter.
My garage is a disaster. I would love to have extra space. The bicycles take up so much room.
amanda goodenough says
What great ideas! Totally using them for our shed!
rachel frampton says
I’ve been looking for ways on how to organize my messy garage. Thank you for these tips; I’ll keep in mind to organize everything according to categories. These are great points, but I’m hoping that I’ll be able to find a custom garage storage set.