17 Garage & Shed Organization Tips

clean organized shed

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Does your shed or garage look like this?

messy disorganized job

And are you wishing for something like this instead?

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A shed or a garage can easily become cluttered. A storage building can become more of a trash & clutter trap than it be what it was designed to be i.e. storage your good and tools in an organized way. But here at Overholt & Sons, we wish for you to experience the joy and freedom of an organized building.

With a few tips on garage and shed organization, your building could be transformed into a much more inviting and enjoyable place. It does not need to be expensive, time-consuming, or difficult. A few simple and cost-free tips can go a long way. All you need is old materials, a few tools, and a little creativity and you are good to go.

The 17 Garage & Shed Organization Tips

1. Hanging Jar Organizers

Do you have a bunch of old plastic peanut butter jars that you are about to throw away? Why not put them to good use. If you have a wooden shelf you are good to go. All you need is a few screws, a screw gun, and a little bit of time. Unscrew the lid from the plastic lid and fasten it with two screws to the underside of a wooden shelf or something similar. Then fill the jar with fasteners or other small items from your shop. Lastly screw the jar back onto the lid. The organizer is then out of the way and there for easy access whenever you need something from the jar. All you need to do is loosen the jar, take out what you want, and then fasten it again.

hanging jar organizers

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2. Lattice Rack Storage

Old or left-over lattice makes a great way to store long items like pipes, rods, smaller pieces of wood, etc. To make use of this great garage organization tip, start by cutting lattice into 2 triangle pieces. Then nail 2x4s in place to frame the lattice. (The optimal place is in the corner of the wall and the rafters or ceiling joists.) After that nail the lattice to the 2×4 frame. The lattice is now ready for pipes and other long materials. It will help keep the garage and shed organized neatly and keep long annoying materials out of the way.

lattice shed organizer

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3. Bucket Hose & Cord Storage

An old…or even a new…bucket can be an awesome way to store hoses and cords. Start by finding an old bucket you longer use. It can be either plastic or tin/steel. Drill two or three holes in the bottom of the bucket. (They should be big enough for a 1/4″ or 3/8″ lag bolt.) Then find a good and solid place on the wall that will support the weight of the bucket. (You may need to nail a 2×8 to the wall between two studs to make for a solid place to lag to or in the case of a drywalled garage you will need to find a stud to lag to.) Finish the project by driving the lag bolt through the holes in the bucket and into the wood on the wall.

This will keep hoses and cord safely and neatly stored and make your storage building more pleasant to work in.

bucket hose storage

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4. Ceiling Storage

If you are really serious about organizing your storage building, ceiling storage might be a great idea. It helps to remove things that you rarely use from precious floor space. While most of the garage and shed organization tips in this list can be done with old or reused materials, this one may require buying storage boxes. To use them cut 3 pieces of wood at about 4′ in length. (A 2×6 and 2 pieces of 3/4″ or 1″ plywood are ideal.) Then nail the 3 pieces of wood together forming an I-beam. Nails these I-beams onto the ceiling at the proper spacing.

The boxes make great storage for less frequently used items. With a simple step ladder you can easily reach the storage boxes and add or remove items. The best part if that it keeps things from cluttering up floor space that you could otherwise use for more important things such as parking cars, ATVs, or lawn equipment.

ceiling storage to organize garage

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5. Bungee Cord Ball Storage

wood Shed walls make a great place to store smaller items. The space between the studs is often unused. One way to use this space is by using it to store balls. What you need is some of your old wood that is laying around and a few unused bungee cords. Build a little frame from 2x4s, or something similar, and nail it inside two wall studs. One should be at the bottom and one about four feet high. Next drill 1/2″ holes into the frame where the bungees need to be fastened. Lastly stretch the bungees from the bottom frame to the top frame. This will keep your balls in one place and also make the easily accessible when you want to use them.

bungee cord ball holder

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6. Hanging Rack 

This is a great way to use an old hanging shoe rack. Simply hang it on the wall of your shed or garage and use it to store paint cans, small tools, and other similar items.

hanging shoe holder for shed organization

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7. Trash Bag Roll Hanger

If you have an old toilet paper holder that needs to be retired, this is a great is a great way to reuse it. Mount it on the wall use it to store your roll of trash bags. (Note: you may need to also put a small rod inside the towel holder rod for added strength because a trash bag roll is much heavier than a roll of toilet paper.) No longer do you need to go hunting for your trash bags everytime, and no longer will they roll all over the place. They will now be at the same place every time and in an organized way.

towel holder as trash bag holder

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8. Pallet Bike Rack

Why pay for a bike rack if you do not need to? And why have your bikes all over the garage or shed? Why not start some shed organization with simply nailing two old pallets together in the corner of your garage or shed? Use the slots between the pallet slats to keep the bike upright. It only takes up a corner of the building to store a number of bikes.

bike pallet for a garage

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9. Pallet Tool Storage 

Set a pallet upright and fasten it to the shed or garage wall. Then use the space to store your lawn and garden tools.

garden tool storage pallet for an organized shed

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10. PVC Garden Tool Organizers

If there are old PVC tools laying around they would make a great way to store tools. Cut the PVC into 6″-10″ pieces. Then fasten the pieces (One a few inches from the garage or shed floor and one about 36″ from the floor) to the wall of the shed. This then makes a great place to store your more bulky garden tools.

PVC tool holders

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11. Wooden Slotted Shovel Rack

If pallets or PVC pipes are not available, a piece of wood with slots also works. Nail a big piece of 1″ or thicker piece of wood to the shed wall. Make sure that it is braced correctly. Then cut slots in to the piece of wood. It is a great way to implement shed organization even with bulky items like garden tools.

wooden tool holder in an organized shed

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12. Garden Tool Racks

Do you have an old piece of slotted material laying around? That will make a great way to hang your long garden tools or store your pipes in a neat fashion.

tool holder in a shed

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13. Pegboard Organizers

Pegboards make a great way to make your shed or garage orderly. Even just a small piece of leftover board can go a long way.

using pegboards for garage organization

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14. Pegboard Plastic Cup Organizers

For a really simple shed organization tip try this plastic cup organizer. Start with some old plastic cups. Drill two holes, 1-2 inches apart, in the back of the cup. Then zip-tie the cup to the pegboard. Bingo you have great storage for all kinds of smaller items.

cups on pegboard for organizing shed

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15. Peg Board Organizing Slides

How about pegboard sliders? Build some slots, with 2x4s underneath your workbench. Then cut out some pegboards to fit into the slots. Hang tools on either side. The result is a lot of tool storage in a compact little area.

pegboard garage organization

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16. Magnetic Tool Holder

If you have some old magnets laying around, you are good to go. Make a slot in a piece of wood. Then glue the magnets into the piece of wood. Fasten the piece of wood to your workbench. Enjoy the simple way of keeping your tools orderly.

magnetic tool holder for organizing garage

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17. Tape Organizer & Dispenser

Are you tired of tape everywhere but really not anywhere? Maybe you see tape but not the tape you want. Try this simple and cheap tape dispenser. The materials you need are: a little wood, a few screws, and an old hack saw blade, or new one if you prefer. With a little time, and a few tools, your workspace can become quite a bit better.

tape dispenser for shed organization

Photo Credits: Popular Woodworking Magazine

Shed and Garage Organization Tips Video

The following video put the above tips in more of a visual form. It also has some additional tips or tips presented in a different way from what is shown above. Your garage or shed can be transformed from a cluttered mess to an organized place to work, to store tools, and to park your car.

40 Awesome Ideas to Organise Your Garage

Getting Started with Organization

Organizing the shed or the garage can be difficult, pricey,  and time-consuming. However, it does not need to be. It can be easy, cheap, and quick.

First of all separate your stuff into three categories. 1) Items to keep, 2) items to sell or send to reuse it, and 3) items to throw away.

Secondly divide your garage or shed into zones. The following picture gives an example.

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Lastly use the tips given above or watch the video for additional tips.

Garage Organization Tips

Now it is all up to you on what you are going to do to make use of these simple and affordable garage and shed organization tips. I takes the first step, continuing and then finishing. It is really that simple. You just need some time and reusable resources and then you are good to go.