Garage Organization Tips

The Mr. is laughing hysterically at the title of this post because if anyone needs garage organization tips it’s me. Apparently I’m not qualified to be doling out advice on this one, but I’m trying!

One corner at a time, I’m getting the mess under control.

This month Ace Hardware paired us up with another Ace Blogger and I was thrilled to work with Julia from Chris Loves Julia. We were challenged to pick an item from Ace Hardware and each use it our own way. Apparently we are both hurting in the garage organization department so we were pretty excited to pick this Gorilla Colossal Shelving Unit/Workbench from Ace.

Garage storage

These shelves are nice and sturdy, easy to put together and hold about a gazillion things. I even added a few tricks to mine to make it work better for our family.

So TIP 1 – Organize your shelves by topic.

I did the top shelf with all gardening equipment (and stuff I don’t want my kids getting into like dirt, fertilizer, sharp pruning shears etc…)

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The next shelf is the Mr.’s ever growing pile of triathlon gear. He seems to pick up a new gadget every time he competes in one, wet suit (I tried to snap a photo of him with this hilarious full body thing on but it was a no go :) ) shoes, tire pump, bike rack. Everything a guy needs to torture himself push himself at a saturday morning race.

Garage storage

Then I did my paint supply shelf, let’s not dwell on how many cans of spray paint I have, when they are all together like this I realize I may have a bit of a problem ahem..

Garage storage

Ok the ball shelf!

Here is TIP 2 – my first little tricked out thing I added to these shelves. I bought 20 ft of this nylon rope (they cut it for me right at my neighborhood Ace Hardware) and strung it thru the holes on the shelving unit to create my very own ball cage. Now the balls that used to just roll around the backyard inevitably floating away in the lake have their very own spot to call home and my kids can easily pop them in and out.

Garage storage

For TIP 3 I bought these $2 metal clips and threaded them thru the holes as well. They make the perfect hooks for my kids to hang their bike helmets on. I love having a spot for them that is easy for my kids to navigate.

Bike Helmet


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The bottom shelf holds all the carwash goodies.

Garage organization

I can’t even tell you how nice it is to have one spot organized and pretty looking in the garage. And I say one spot because well, full disclosure, this is what the rest looks like.


This never ending construction project is kicking my butt this summer! Sigh, hopefully someday we will actually park in here once again, or you know, make it to the door without breaking an ankle…

How about you, is your garage a disaster area? Could you use one of these awesome Gorilla Shelving Units yourself? Lucky for you I’m giving away $100 Ace Hardware Gift Card so you can complete a summer project of your own!

Just enter via the rafflecopter below. The contest is open for 1 week and the winner will be notified via email. Good luck!

Disclosure: I’m a member of the Ace Hardware Blogger Panel. Ace Hardware provided me with products and compensation for this post, but all opinions are 100 percent mine. All opinions and positions here do not necessarily reflect those of Ace Hardware.

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  1. I could really use one of these! My garage is a mess and can’t wait until I can park in there again!!

  2. These shelves look great! Talk about a mess, I will have to clear a spot for this to even start on my garage. I think everything is in my garage but the kitchen sink and I mean this. These shelves would be a dream come true. Thanks for sharing.

  3. With just moving into a new home and having downsized, organization is going to me my new middle name. Thanks for the offer.

  4. I would use this shelving in our basement because we were not lucky enough to get a garage – but my next house will have one. We have straightened out the basement and this would help tremendously. Thank you for offering it.

  5. I have the exact same shelving unit in our garage, I really need to organize like you have, it looks great. Love the idea of the kids helmets on the side….one thing I did do is fasten one of those broom holders onto the side, it’s the length of the side and holds the rake, broom, mop etc. I need to buy some storage buckets to organize the shelves, to put all the kids outdoor sports toys into one (baseball gloves, basketballs etc), our exercise equipment (small things like skipping ropes, small hand weights etc).

    Thanks for the inspiration and motivation to clean our nightmare of a garage.

  6. I don’t know where I would start. I am in an organizing funk right now. I really like the idea of the gorilla rack for the garage. Something like this is exactly what I need to get me started. Love your ideas! So smart!!

  7. This is such a problem area for us as well! We started organizing with shelves still but have yet to “containerize” the mess so all the stuff is still out and visible (and ugly).

  8. Both my mom and mother-in-law have passed away in the last 2 years. I have been given so much of their things. A garage organizer would be a huge blessing for me!

  9. If I win, I will let my husband buy all the bits and bobs with names I do not know that he wants.

  10. I hear ya, girlfriend!! I lovingly refer to my garage as “the black hole”. And I’m single, so no male in the house to clutter it up!! Thanks for the tips and the opportunity to participate in this give-a-way!!

  11. Oh how our garage needs help, it looks like a tornado hit it. Please help me!! Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. I also need garage organization. That shelving unit looks awesome! Thanks for the opportunity!

  13. I have so many projects I could do with this awesome giveaway! I probably would start my own spray paint collection since I have a lot of things to paint. :) Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  14. I need more paint! I’ve got quite a few furniture redos I’d like to get on, but just haven’t gotten around to buying paint for yet.

  15. My hubby already organized our garage this summer with an awesome pegboard system so I would use $100 to ACE for DIY materials once the kiddos are back in school :)

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