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8 Tips for Organizing Tools in Your Garage

8 Tips for Organizing Tools in Your Garage

Isn’t it frustrating when you go to look for a specific tool in your garage and you just can’t find it? That is one reason why it only makes sense to have your tools in proper order, just like the rest of your house!

Follow the tips below and your space will be looking like an organized custom garage in no time.

  • Begin With The Right Wall Mounting System
  • Keep it Simple with Hooks
  • Use Attachable Baskets and Bins
  • Attach Tool Bars and Racks
  • Mount a Compartment Organizer
  • Store Yard Tools on a Vertical Rack
  • Utilize Corner Space
  • Invest in a Tool Chest

Read on to learn how to organize your collection of tools like a pro!


1. Begin With The Right Wall Mounting System

Logically, a well-organized garage doesn’t just have tools laying around. The best way to utilize space in your garage is to affix your tools to the walls. In order to accomplish this, you have to start with the right wall surface.

In the past, many people used pegboards to hang their tools. However, as This Old House.com points out, pegboard is simply not sturdy enough to hang heavier items upon. Thankfully in the modern garages of today, there are far better options to choose from.

The first and perhaps the best option is PVC Slatwall. This sleek and sturdy material features horizontal grooves, to which a variety of different accessories can be attached to. It can be found in a variety of colors that are both attractive & modern. You'll never have to worry about the pieces falling apart as Slatwall offers superior durability.

Garage Slatwall System

2. Keep It Simple With Hooks

Now that you have your chosen wall components, one of the easiest things you can do is attach some simple hooks to them. These hooks can be used to hang all sorts of things, shovels, rakes, brooms, and weed whackers just to name a few. Don’t forget garden hoses and ladders! You'll be surprised how much floor space magically appears with a little careful planning. At the same time, cleaning your garage floor will be quite a bit easier as well.

3. Use Attachable Baskets and Bins

Next, you can attach baskets and bins to your walls. Baskets can hold items such as car cleaning supplies, sporting goods, and toys, to name a few. The Spruce.com recommends using transparent plastic bins so that you can easily see what items each one contains.

4. Attach Tool Bars and Racks

Do you have specific hand tools that you use more than others? Then perhaps it would be wise to keep them visible and handy, rather than having them neatly tucked away. One way to accomplish this is to attach toolbars and racks to your walls. You may choose to hang several toolbars, or just a few. That's the beauty of hanging them on Slatwall racks. No matter how much you hang, everything looks neat and organized.

Garage Cabinet System

5. Mount a Compartment Organizer

Next, you need something to organize all of those little bits and pieces. Perhaps you have lots of nails, screws, nuts, and bolts that need a good home. A multi-drawer compartment organizer is perfect for accomplishing this task. If you have counter space in your garage, you can place it there, or if you prefer, you can also mount it on the wall. You are sure to appreciate having a catch-all for all of your tiny items that would otherwise become lost or spilled elsewhere.

6. Store Yard Tools on a Vertical Rack

When organizing the tools in your garage, think outside the box so to speak. For example, instead of hanging your yard tools side-by-side and taking up most of a wall, why not stack them vertically? One of the best ways you can save space is to think about how you can organize upwards. Hang a rack that will allow you to stack your yard tools horizontally, on top of one another.

Wire Storage Basket

7. Utilize Corner Space

When it comes to organizing any space in a home, corners are one of the most underutilized areas. Why not maximize the space in your garage by using one or more of the corners? One way to do this is to use a corner tool rack. If you don’t have an overabundance of tools or your garage is small, keeping them on a corner rack might do the trick!

8. Invest in a Tool Chest

Perhaps you're someone who is required to use an overabundance of tools on a daily basis. In this situation, it would only make sense to invest in a lockable chest. Additionally, should there be a break-in in your home, your tools will be well protected.


Final Thoughts

No matter how nicely you organize your tools, if you have too much ‘stuff’ taking over the rest of your garage, it's not going to look as good as it could be. Take the time to donate what you no longer need and then focus on your game plan. Utilize some Slatwall racks, a tool chest, and a couple of hooks and voila, you'll have a garage workshop that will make Tim The Toolman Taylor jealous!

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