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Organized Garage Tour!

Take a tour of our organized garage and get inspiration and ideas for your own garage organization project!

How to Organize a Messy Garage

I never knew I could be so excited about a garage, but friends, I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT A GARAGE! At the beginning of this year, our garage was the WORST.

See Exhibit A:

Messy Garage; "Before" Photo

Bad, right?! Eeek.

I knew we could whip this space into shape, and while it may have taken a while, I’m thrilled to say that it is finally finished, and I couldn’t be happier with the results!

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Let’s jump right into the big reveal!

How to Organize a Garage

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Shelves and bins and labels, oh my! 😉 So many of my favorite organizing things are in this space, so I’ll break it down step by step so that you can see how we got from the oh-so-messy “before” to the super happy “after.”

Organized Garage with IKEA ALGOT Shelving

Outer Garage Wall

There is a lot to talk about with this project, so I will start on the outer wall of the garage and work my way around!

Organized Garage Using IKEA ALGOT Shelves and the Gladiator Track System

Storing Lawn and Garden Tools

The first section of this wall is dedicated to our lawn and garden tools.

Lawn and Garden Supplies in an Organized Garage

Our fold-up lawn mower is a slightly different version of this one.

Since Donnie mows, fertilizes, and uses the weed whacker just about every week when the weather is nice, it was important to have all of these tools in a spot that is easy to reach and within close access to the garage door so he can get everything outside.

We decided to go with the IKEA ALGOT shelving system with metal shelves (you can read about why in this post) to hold smaller items and containers.

[FYI… IKEA recently discontinued their ALGOT system and replaced it with BOAXEL, which is very similar.]

IKEA ALGOT Storage System in an Organized Garage

For larger and more awkwardly shaped items that needed to hang, we used the Gladiator brand track system, which allows us to add various types of hooks to hold all sizes and shapes of items.

Gladiator Track System Holding Lawn and Garden Tools

Creating an Organized Garage Workstation

Donnie had requested a work surface for the space for when he’s working on projects in the garage, so we put in a standard ALGOT shelf on this segment of the wall, with a stool that stores neatly underneath. We also included an IKEA SKADIS pegboard where we can clip up notes for projects we’re working on and hold pens and other small supplies.

Garage Desk and Workstation Using IKEA ALGOT Shelves

Rolling Stool | Aqua Mug

Storage Bins and Labels

This section of shelving also holds many of the boys’ outdoor toys, along with some of our beach and camping supplies. We were sure to keep the boys’ items down low so that they could reach them easily when they go out to play. The items we use less often are up higher.

Organized Garage with IKEA ALGOT Shelves

I found these awesome aqua bins at Target, but I grabbed them right at the end of the season, so sadly, they’re no longer available online. (Some stores may still have a few in stock, so it’s worth a check!) I found these ones that are similar as an alternative as well.

To label the bins, I used my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine and white adhesive vinyl. I have a tutorial about how I make these types of labels here.

Storage Bin Labeled with Vinyl Labels

How to Store Bikes on a Garage Wall

Bikes were one of the things that we knew would be trickier to store since they are awkwardly shaped and take up a lot of room. We needed them to be out of the way but also easy enough to get to that it wouldn’t be a pain when we wanted to use them.

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We decided to go with the Gladiator track again, and they had the perfect attachment that allows us to get the bikes up and down easily.

Bike Storage on Gladiator Track System in an Organized Garage
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Garage Back Wall

Moving on to the back wall of the garage…

Storage for Hockey Equipment

One of my top priorities for our garage organization project was to figure out a way to store ALL of the [smelly] hockey gear that had infiltrated my house!

Organized Garage, Organized Hockey Equipment, IKEA ALGOT Shelving

First, we used wall hooks to hang up the net that we use in the driveway, along with a yellow shooting pad that also acts as the stand-in goalie. We made sure the net was up high enough that the hood of the car would fit under it, but low enough that it was easy to grab. Two more sets of wall hooks hold all of the hockey sticks below the net.

How to Store a Hockey Net and Hockey Sticks in the Garage

The next part is my favorite because it holds all of the hockey bags which used to inevitably end up in my dining room or our guest room!

How to Organize Hockey Gear in a Garage

These are still the IKEA ALGOT shelves, with Connor and Caleb’s bags on the lowest shelves so they can get them up and down themselves. Above Caleb’s bag, we installed some hooks where we can hang sweaty gear to air out. (If you have ever smelled sweaty hockey gear, you understand why this was necessary! 😉 )

Storage Ideas for Hockey Equipment

IKEA makes these nifty little baskets that hook right on to the ALGOT rails, so I was able to store a stash of hockey pucks there so the boys can grab them easily.

Storage for Hockey Pucks with IKEA ALGOT System

Donnie uses his hockey gear less often, so it is fine up high; it’s easy for him to grab the ladder to get the bag down when he needs it. We also have a few bins of spare hockey gear that we’re waiting for the boys to grow into.

How to Organize Hockey Gear in the Garage

Storing Fishing Gear

Donnie had been storing his fishing gear in his office, and (much to my chagrin) in our master closet, so we wanted to be sure to give it a better home out here in the garage.

For some reason he didn’t like the idea of storing his fishing gear in cute aqua tubs (I have no idea why!), so we got these gray ones for him, and they are working out well. The rest of the top row of shelves not taken up by his hockey bag holds the remainder of his fishing gear and a few coolers.

Fishing Gear Stored in Bins in an Organized Garage

Storage for Shoes, Boots, and Rollerblades

We keep our day-to-day shoes inside, but our “muddy shoes” and boots are stored in the garage, along with rollerblades for everyone in the family and my ice skates since I don’t keep them in a hockey bag like everyone else. The final section of the shelving on this wall has several shelves for all of the shoes, skates, and blades.

Storage for Shoes, Boots, and Rollerblades in an Organized Garage

PS… If you’re wondering what the hose is doing in the midst of all of our sports/outdoor equipment, we really didn’t have a choice. The hose bib (or spigot if you’re from Pittsburgh 😉 ) was already installed there, and it would have been a massive pain to move it. Fortunately the ALGOT shelving was flexible enough that we were able to work around it. We used a hose reel to keep the hose as contained as possible.

Finally, we have one light duty ladder that we use all the time, so we hung it on a hook on this wall, which is near the entrance to the house so we can easily grab it and use it when we need it.

Door Painted with Sherwin Williams Rainwashed in an Organized Garage

Related: How to Clean and Organize Hockey Equipment

Garage Inner Wall

Moving on to the final wall of the garage…

Organized Mops, Brooms, and Ladders in an Organized Garage

Shelf Storage for Cleaning Supplies

We put a small section of shelves (ALGOT again) above the utility tub to hold some cleaning supplies in my favorite y-weave bins.

Utility Tub and Shelves with Cleaning Supplies

I was way too excited when I discovered that the two bins on the lowest shelves were the perfect size to store a roll of garbage bags! The bags stay neatly tucked away but are still convenient to grab one when I need it, and then the next one sits there, ready and waiting for me. It really is the little things!

How to Store Garbage Bags Neatly

Garage Paint Colors

I love a pretty detail, so I painted the door going into our mudroom my favorite shade of aqua and also painted the steps white with gray treads.

Door from Garage into House Painted Sherwin Williams Rainwashed

And speaking of paint, I should mention that before we hung any of our shelving, we did have someone come in and paint the walls (Behr Marquee Silver City, my favorite gray) and ceiling for us.

(I am typically the painter in our house since Donnie does all of the other handy things, but the ceilings were so high in this space that I was nervous about doing it myself, so we hired it out.)

The walls were previously unfinished drywall, and we made the decision not to mud and finish off the drywall before we painted. It would have taken hours of tedious work, and we knew we were going to cover up the walls with shelving anyway.

(Plus, it’s a GARAGE! It’s not like we’re hanging out here and admiring the walls!) So if you look closely behind the shelving, you can see the drywall seams, but we are totally fine with our decision to leave it that way!

Using a Pegboard to Store Mops and Brooms

For the size of our house, the closets are pretty small, so I struggled to find a great place to store our mops and brooms. We ended up using another SKADIS pegboard with hooks on this small piece of wall, and it has been the perfect solution. There is also a dispenser for holding plastic grocery bags so that we can reuse them.

Brooms and Mops Stored on an IKEA SKADIS Pegboard with Hooks

How to Store Large Ladders

This wall was a bit tricky because it has a bump out that not only limited what we could put on either side of it, but also constrained what we could store on it. Since we wanted to be able to park both of our cars in here, whatever we put on the bump out couldn’t stick out too far or it would be tough to get our car doors open.

Ultimately, this ended up being the perfect spot to store our heavier duty ladders, again using the Gladiator track system with this attachment. The three ladders fit perfectly horizontally, and they aren’t very deep, so bumping the car doors is not a problem.

How to Store Heavy Duty Ladders in an Organized Garage, Gladiator Track System

How to Store Large, Bulky Items Like a Wheelbarrow

The final little corner of the garage holds our garbage can and recycling bin and also provides a spot for another tricky item to store– the wheelbarrow.

Garbage Can, Recycling Bin, and Wheelbarrow Storage

The wheelbarrow is heavy and huge, and though we don’t use it very often, it is something we needed to keep around to use occasionally. We were totally baffled as to the best way to store it until we found this simple wall bracket.

How to Store a Wheelbarrow Easily

The lip of the wheelbarrow simply sits down into the bracket, and the handles help to lock it in place so it’s sturdy, keeping it accessible but still out of the way.

Finally, we used one more set of wall hooks to hold the bike rack attachment that hooks to the hitch on the back of our car. And then we were done!

Bike Rack for Car Hitch

Messy Garage to Organized Garage – Before and After

It took months of working on it off and on, but I am absolutely thrilled with our finished garage space! Let’s take a look at the before and after:

Messy Garage to Organized Garage Before and After

And of course I couldn’t end this post about our organized garage without a photo of both cars parked comfortably inside because I am so excited that we won’t be parking out in the cold Pennsylvania tundra this winter! WOOHOO!

Organized Garage with Two Cars Parked Inside

I may or may not have done a happy dance on the day when we pulled both of the cars in for the first time. (And there happened to be utility guys working on our street at the time, so I’m pretty sure Donnie was totally embarrassed, but I didn’t even care. This was worth celebrating! 🙂 )

I will list all of the garage sources I can come up with below, and if you missed any of our other garage posts I will link those too! Also, don’t forget to grab your Garage Organization Planning Guide (for free!) by clicking this button:

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Sources

IKEA BOAXEL Shelving System

SKADIS Pegboard Over Desk

SKADIS Pegboard for Mops and Brooms

Gladiator Track System

Gladiator Track Hooks

Gladiator Track Bike Attachment

Gladiator Track Attachment for Big Ladders

Aqua Bins Alternative

Gray Storage Bins

Y-Weave Bins for Garbage Bags

Small Y-Weave Bins

Large Y-Weave Bin

Hooks Holding Hockey Net

Hooks Holding Hockey Sticks

Hooks for Airing Out Hockey Gear

Wheelbarrow Wall Bracket

Wall Hooks for Car Hitch Bike Attachment

Hose Reel

Fold Up Lawn Mower

Aqua Mug

Grocery Bags Dispenser

Silhouette Cameo Cutting Machine Used to Make Labels

Adhesive Vinyl

Door Paint Color

Stair Treads Paint Color

Wall Paint Color

Catch the rest of our organized garage + basement posts here:

The Best Storage Systems for Organizing a Garage

A Step by Step Guide to Planning a Garage Organization Project

25+ Best Garage Storage Ideas

Organized Basement Tour

Top 10 Best Tool Storage Systems for an Organized Workshop

How to Organize Paint Supplies

And don’t miss the reveal of our organized mudroom (which is right inside our garage door)!

Have you done a garage organization project recently? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

Have a great day!

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43 Comments

  1. It turned out perfectly, Abby! These are the sorts of spaces that are completely orwhelming to tackle, yet make a world of difference. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Sarah 🙂

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Aw, thanks so much, Sarah! Yes, all the hard work was SO worth it! 🙂 Hope you’re having a great weekend!

      ~Abby =)

    2. Hi! I am not able to find the IKEA ALGOT shelf system. Is there anything comparable? Thank you, Megan

  2. Ellen | Ask Away Blog says:

    You did awesome!! So much room for activities and heck yea you’re gonna need your cars inside bc I heard we’re getting real crappy weather this winter! Yikes!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Ugh, I am so not ready for this weather! The garage will definitely help, though! 🙂 Have a great weekend, Ellen!

      ~Abby =)

  3. Jennifer - ParentSmarterNotHarder says:

    This is beautiful! And that’s not something that you hear said often about a garage 🙂

    I really need to organize mine better (it looks a lot like your before picture) and this is some great inspiration!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      So glad it was helpful for you, Jennifer! A lot of work but so worth it! 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  4. This is super-impressive! I’d love to clone your garage … and I live in Texas, so no hockey 😉
    It’s beautiful and so well-organized and fits your family so perfectly!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks so much, Sandi! I’m very happy with how it turned out! 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  5. Congrats Abbey! Awesome job! Can’t wait to use some of these ideas ?

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks so much, Karen! Have a great weekend! <3

      ~Abby =)

  6. Isabel @ Family Life Blog says:

    I love how your garage turned out. Stunning and extremely organized, as always. I really wish we had IKEA so close to us. We’re in Spokane, WA and the closest IKEA is 4 hours from here in Seattle. I think it’s time for them to bring us one. Haha

    1. justagirlabby says:

      You definitely need one! LOL Or plan a big road trip! 🙂

      ~Abby =)

  7. This is the most beautiful garage I’ve ever seen!!! Great job!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Aw, thank you so much, Miranda! We are definitely loving it! 🙂 Hope you have an awesome week!

      ~Abby =)

  8. Sherry Harris says:

    This article is right on time. My garage is beyond a hot mess! I was really bummed when I saw that the aqua bins were no longer online at Target. However, I will settle for the Blue Aquarium bins instead. The 8 pack, which is 18 gallons each is perfect for all the things I need to store. Thanks so much for helping me to figure out how to have a cute garage. I hate the cement everywhere look!

  9. Hi Abby, glad u posted this was a weeks long project. My question is now that you’ve got ur garage organized, how do you keep it clean??? My garage is a terrible mess made worse by blowing leaves, dust and dirt, and dryer lint!!! Even when I have cleaned and neaten up the garage, as soon as the garage door has opened, in come flying leaves to start the disintigrating process all over again. There are only a few short weeks when the garage is NOT blessed with Fall leaves and Spring time seedlings and the last bits of falling leaves. How do you keep these out of ur garage???

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Hi, Diane! So first, I’ll say that we finished the garage in the fall, so we haven’t been through a full summer of mowing or an entire fall season with it organized yet. I’ll have to update on how that’s going in about a year. 🙂 I will also say that we live in a neighborhood of new builds, so there are no mature trees in our neighborhood yet and leaves are at a minimum. (Nice for keeping leaves out of the garage, but I do miss big, beautiful trees!) Our laundry room is on the top floor of our house, so we don’t have lint from that. I do sweep up occasionally if I notice that we have tracked in grass or whatever, but so far it has stayed pretty tidy.

      ~Abby =)

  10. Christina C Tuohey says:

    Curious the square footage of your garage. We are doing an addition (24×24) and I am trying to see how it would compare.

    Thanks for sharing cant wait to use some of your ideas!

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Hi, Christina! Our garage is 21’7″ x 19’7″, so a bit smaller than yours! I hope this helps!

      ~Abby =)

  11. Hey, if my garage looked HALF as nice as yours does, I do the Happy Dance too. And I wouldn’t care WHO saw me. : )

    Seriously, it looks AWESOME. Neat and clean. You guys did a fantastic job. Congrats!

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Thanks so much, Michael! You are too kind!

      ~Abby =)

  12. What is the door color?

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      It is Sherwin Williams Rainwashed! 🙂 LOVE it!

      ~Abby =)

  13. Hi Abby! I love following your projects and am getting inspired to go room by room doing makeovers! I am totally unfamiliar with the machines for making labels – I hear about the Silhouette and the Cricut – If I’m a beginner to these, which do you recommend learning on?

  14. What length of the track system at IKEA did you use? It looks like it comes in multiple lengths.

  15. Ahhhmazing!! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Thanks so much for reading, Lizzie! <3

      ~Abby =)

  16. Marcus Cicero says:

    Just such a great job. You have inspired me out of procrastination and get mine organized. Won’t be nearly as nice, but at least it will be a major upgrade to what I have.
    So glad I found you on Pinterest

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Awesome! So glad it was helpful for you… love to hear that! Happy organizing! 🙂

      ~Abby =)

  17. This is amazing!! Love it!! What size are the metal and plywood racks?? I am having trouble since I only see one size for the metal but multiple for plywood…Thanks so much for posting such a motivating topic!

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Hi, Anita! When we organized our garage, they had the metal shelves in all of the same sizes as the particleboard ones. I know IKEA is transitioning their ALGOT system right now, which is why all of the different sizes may not be showing up on site at the moment. So sorry about that! Hope you’re having a great week!

  18. Did you mount the bike rack attachment to studs? Our studs aren’t that close together. We have the same rack, what a great idea for storing it.

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Our studs aren’t that close together either, so we had to use drywall anchors. Have a great week, Whitney!

  19. Maria Panter says:

    I need to know about your garage sink! Did you have to add plumbing to your garage for that? I would love to add one to my garage and I am wondering if it is a DIY project. If not, I am wondering how much a job like that would cost to hire out. Thanks!

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Hi, Maria! Our house is a new build, so we added the sink to the plan and they put it in while they were building. I’m not sure how difficult it would be to add one after the fact. I’m guessing it depends on how the plumbing runs in the rest of your house. Sorry I’m not more help with this!

  20. Tierney Maehr says:

    Hi Abby,

    My garage is in desperate need of a makeover and organization! I love the depth of the Alcot shelving but it has been discontinued by ikea. 🙁

    Do you have any ideas for a comparable unit/ how we can hack/ outfit the current ikea shelving system with deeper shelves?

    Thanks,
    Tierney

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Gah, that is frustrating! The Container Store’s Elfa system has deeper shelves, though it is more expensive than IKEA’s system, unfortunately. I’m guessing (hoping?!) that IKEA will continue to roll out more options for the BOAXEL system in the future. They’ll often release a basic set of options first and then add on later. Especially since there were so many more options with ALGOT, I’m thinking they’re just not done yet. (And it seems like they’ve had some major setbacks with Covid. I know our local store has tons and tons of empty shelves because of issues and delays.) So it might be worth it to hold tight for a few months to see if they roll out some deeper shelving options for BOAXEL. Sorry I couldn’t be more help!

  21. Try and search “woman garage” nothing on Pinterest except men red and white YUCK ! I use the garage more than my husband and I just looked at your pictures for inspiration. I already had two Gladiator Systems and they are solidly the best. Plus you can easily buy them in stages. Thanks for making this blog. I rotated my winter stuff to the back corner of garage and easy spring access to spring stuff. I used large kitty litter tubs with handles for my fertilizer I’m using now.

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      So glad it was helpful for you, Heather! Yay for more feminine garages! 🙂 Have a great week!

      ~Abby =)

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