12 Tips for Cleaning and Organizing Your Garage

Get Rid of the Clutter

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Like a basement or attic, a garage is notorious for being the place where you stash all of you storage items. Before long, you have a garage that’s pretty messy, and you have no idea where to find anything. Our Exton plumbing and HVAC company knows what it’s like, which is why we’re here to offer you a few cleaning and organizational tips.

Getting Started

Make sure you set aside a full day or an entire weekend to clean out and organize your garage. Try not to plan anything else for that time so you can focus on getting the project done.

As you go through all of the items in your garage, make three separate piles for them – the “keep” pile, the “donate/sell” pile, and the “throw away” pile. Once everything is in a pile, throw away the items you’ve deemed trash and put all of your “donate/sell” items in a box.

Garbage Bag Holder

If you keep your garbage bags in the garage, create a clever way to access them by hanging the roll on a wall-mounted paper towel holder. Just make sure your paper towel holder’s rod is thin enough to fit through the garbage bag roll. Then you can just pull and rip the next time you need a bag.

Tin Cans

Use tin cans to organize your supplies like paint brushes, nails, screws, wrenches, and more. You can peel the original label off and make a new one using masking tape or duct tape and a marker.

Chair Storage

Get your folding chairs and beach chairs up and out of the way by hanging them on your wall. All you need are large nails and a hammer – just make sure you put the nails in studs – chairs can be heavy!

Plastic Bins

Plastic bins are great for garage storage and if you have a lot of them, you can easily create your own sliding storage system. Simply grab a few wooden I-beams and attach them to your ceiling the same width apart as your bins. Then, slide each bin between two beams and you’ll have your very own hanging storage area that saves you space.

Organizion by Category

When you’re trying to figure out how to organize everything, make it simple by grouping your items into categories such as power tools, gardening gear, sporting goods, camping gear, automotive, and more. That way, you’ll know exactly where to find everything.

Ball Bungee Cords

Keep your basket balls, soccer balls, volley balls, and more all in one place with bungee cords. Install two shelves on top of one another (their height depending on how many balls you have – far apart for lots of balls, closer together for a few). Then, drill a few holes in each shelf and stretch bungee cords between the two. This will give you an easy place to store all of your balls without them bouncing all over the place.

Peg Board

Peg boards come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, and are great for storage. Use S-hooks to hang things like rakes, hoses, brooms, gardening tools, watering cans, and more all in one place.

Pallet Bike Rack

If your family loves to ride bikes, make a quick and easy bike rack using wooden pellets. Simply fasten two together in an “L” shape and place each bike’s back or front tire in an empty slot.

Chalkboard Paint

Don’t feel like creating labels for all of your drawers and cabinets? Paint them with chalkboard paint and you can write right on them. The best part is if you decide to add or remove some items, relabeling is as easy as erasing and re-writing.


If you hate looking at all of the miscellaneous stuff in your garage, hide it all behind a few curtains. We don’t mean nice, silk curtains – we mean drop cloths or canvas drapes. Simply attach a few curtain rods to your garage walls and string up some curtains long enough to cover all of your items. When you want to make the garage look presentable, all you’ll have to do is draw the curtains closed.

Muffin Tins

Not sure what to do with all of your nails, screws, bolts, and other small fasteners? Buy a few cheap muffin tins and use them to organize everything. You can even build a small shelving unit to keep all the muffin tins in order.

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