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25 Garage Organization Ideas That'll Free Up a Parking Spot

You'll thank yourself later.

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Annie Selke

Between the ladders, bikes, and golf clubs, there's usually not much room left in the garage for actual cars. And even then, it's an obstacle course of epic proportions to actually exit the garage without hitting anything. But a few smart space tricks are all you need to help you regain some extra square-footage. Get organized (and find the weed killer when you need it) with these ingenious garage storage and organization ideas.

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Annie Selke
Bring in Bins

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The easiest way to gain extra space is with a storage system. Try lockers, a rolling workbench, and plastic bins, like the ones Annie Selke used here.

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Annie Selke
Install Tracks

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Gladiator’s GearTrack Channels turn a wall into an opportunity. It almost makes you want to rake (OK, that one may be going a little far). The neon extension cord in Annie Selke's garage is also a fave.

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Monkey Bars
Mount Bikes

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Leaning them against a wall just won't cut it (even with a kickstand). This steel rack, which comes in sizes big enough for a family, installs in minutes.

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Simon Watson
Prepare for Pets

Make the mudroom work harder, too. In this Nashville house, designer Jeannette Whitso added a soapstone sink for washing the family's dogs, who go in and out through a louvered dog door at the base of the floor-to-ceiling cabinets.

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Tessa Neustadt
Add Laundry Facilities

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If you don't have a laundry room but do have an unused nook in the garage, consider transforming it into a on-site laundry space, like Emily Henderson did here.

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Reid Rolls
Repurpose Vintage Furniture

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Use filing cabinets and vintage work tables to store extra items in style, à la Leanne Ford.

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Step Up a Work Station

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If you do a lot of handy work around the house, set up a work station in the garage with all your power tools.

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Sara Tremp
Slide In Bench

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Take note from the entryway—especially if you don't actually have a mudroom—and install a bench with a shoe bin underneath, like in this space by Jess Bunge of Emily Henderson Design.

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Food52
Hang a Wall Organizer

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No closet, no problem: Hang a canvas wall organizer for all your miscellaneous tools instead.

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Studio Razavi
Install a Coat Rack

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Keep your outerwear in the garage and well-organized with a coat rack and bench station. And if space allows, keep unsightly items tucked behind closed closet doors, as in this streamlined space by Studio Razavi.

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Food52
Designate a Space to Rain Gear

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Keep an umbrella drying rack in the garage so your rain gear is nice and dry for you next time you need it (and so your house stays dry).

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Chuck Willis; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors
Stock a Paint Station

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DIYing doesn't seem so bad when all of the essentials have a dedicated place. This steel pegboard keeps brushes, rollers, and tape close at hand for tackling that paint project.

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Make Sure There's a Trash Bin

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Keep your car clean by making sure there are trash cans and recycling bins in your garage.

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Jonny Valiant
Add Color

Steal Mona Ross Berman's idea from a mudroom: Accenting a wall in a fun color livens up the space, making it a room you actually want to spend time in. And not, you know, race in to grab a hammer and run out.

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Food52
Store Your Garden Tools

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Keep your garden tools nearby and organized to ensure you get that pesky weeding done.

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Trevor Tondro
Convert a Cabinet

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Turn a corner into a mudroom with a freestanding cabinet. Hooks and drawers hold outdoor gear—because no one wants to fumble with hangers in a hurry.

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Rubbermaid
Try a Tool Tower

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Not looking to drill holes in the wall? This free-standing storage unit keeps shovels, brooms, and rakes upright and out of the way.

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Reid Rolls
Repurpose It

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If you don't actually need to use a garage for parking or storage reasons, repurpose it into a useable space. Here, Leanne Ford converted an old garage into a disco-inspired dining room.

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Go Vertical

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When you don't have closed storage and a ton of floor space, you'll need to utilize the walls. Only keep the tools and supplies you really need to keep from overcrowding your walls.

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Rebrilliant
Utilize the Corner

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Sure, you may already have shelves, but wrapping a row of wire racks around a corner maximizes that tricky square footage. Add a big basket for runaway basketballs.

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Amazon
Tackle Your Cleaning Supplies

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The only thing worse than actually cleaning is finding a spot to store all your cleaning supplies. This handy organizer won't do the sweeping for you, but it'll make sure to keep your mops and brooms out of your way.

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Amazon
Go Higher

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No floor space? No problem. Hang storage bins overhead and never trip over your stuff again.

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Amazon
Keep The Dirt Out

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Hang a mesh storage bin on your wall to toss all your dirty jackets and shoes before walking into the house.

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Amazon
Wrangle Your Sports Gear

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Balls rolling around the garage are an ER visit waiting to happen. This sports gear organizer keeps all your balls, rackets, and jackets in one place.

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Amazon
Hang Your Ladder

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Not sure where to store your ladder? Now you are.

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