In this post, we show you how to leverage the vertical space in your garage to organize sports equipment and household supplies.  

This is a great Spring or Fall project for the Organize DIYer’s ready to park their cars in the garage to avoid the weather.

The big question is  

If your garage is overflowing with clutter, is it a total loss? Do you need to start over? No, it may just be in need of a little sprucing up.

How do you figure out what’s causing the clutter?

Follow along with us as we reorganize this garage.  We will give you tips and tricks that you can use in your garage organizing project.  

Grab a piece of paper and a pen to make some notes as we teach you how to do a quick assessment of your garage.

Getting organized is an ongoing process and if your garage looks like this one, all is not lost.  This project is a great example of how your organizing needs can change as your life and family needs evolve.

At first glance, this garage appears cluttered, but overall it’s not in bad shape.  When you take a closer look, you will see there are organizing solutions like shelves and cabinets in place, but they just don’t seem to be working as well as they once did.  Time for an assessment!

As you get started with your organizing project, spend a few minutes reviewing your space to see

What is working and What isn’t

Then it’s time to create a plan of action.  That was our first step in bring this garage back into organized splendor.

Garage Storage Goes Vertical Organize DIY


  • Who uses this space?

  • What should this space be used for and how is that different than how we use the space now?

  • What is working in this space?

  • Are there items currently stored here that do not belong? If so, why?


Project Summary

Garage Storage Goes Vertical

Organizer Experience:     Intermediate
Project Time:                     1-2 days once you have all supplies
Supplies Included:            Shelves, Cabinets, Bins & Ceiling Storage


As we asked the homeowner questions about how the family uses the space, what is working in the space, and what is not. We learned that he previously installed shelves and cabinets in this garage. These organizing solutions worked for a while, but over time clutter accumulated on the shelves.

The homeowner already had some supplies since he had previously purchased and installed white laminate cabinets and Closetmaid metal tracks, brackets, and shelves from a home improvement store.

We talked to other family members who use this space and figured out that all family members didn’t have a clear understanding of what types of items should be stored in the garage versus being housed in the basement.  There was confusion, because similar items in were stored in multiple areas around the house rather than consolidating the storage within one location.

In our assessment of the garage, we found:

  • Family members can’t find items easily and quickly
  • Items are being stored in the garage that should “live” in another part of the home or the basement 
  • The client wants items off the floor so that he could easily sweep the floor.
  • There are heavy items such as a Christmas Tree, golf clubs, and a propane tank that need to be accessible periodically throughout the year, but they don’t need to take up prime shelf space.

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Sorting & Grouping

Sorting and grouping your items is one of the important, but difficult, and time consuming of all the steps in the organizing process. The main reason is that it includes taking an inventory of current state of the space.  You are looking at your items to see what you need/want to keep versus what needs to go to donation or give to someone else. In this step of your project, you need to sort & group your belongings into categories.  Once you determine your piles, take action on them. Trash items to the garbage. Donate items to the closes facility. Items that belong to someone else or somewhere else need to be put there, and then you will be left with your Keep pile. These are the items that you want to put back into your space.

This is where even the most experienced organizer can get hung up. We unloaded the space removing all items from the shelves quickly making decisions about each item as we went along. We temporarily stored the items in the garage as we grouped “like items with like items” making piles that would ultimately return to the shelves. These were our Final Keep Items.








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Relocate to Another Person

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Consolidate Like with Like

Once we decided what would remain in the “keep” pile, we consolidated similar items.  These are items that were currently stored in multiple locations around the house. For example, cleaning supplies, summer sports, and paper products.

Assign a Home

Next we had to ddecide where the item(s) should be stored – put simply “we assigned everything a home”.

Don’t under estimate the impact visual clutter can have how you subconsciously feel about your space. We hid everything in plain view. The home owner didn’t need to see all of the cans of cleaner and recycling items to be reminded it was there.


We choose a the Racor PHL-1R Pro HeavyLift 4-by-4-Foot Cable-Lifted Storage Rack because:

  • It could be delivered to the home
  • Could hold up to 250 pounds – We were storing a Christmas tree, golf clubs, and a propane tank.
  • Added sixteen square feet of storage
  • The client could use his drill to raise and lower the unit.

This ceiling unit solution is awesome and the homeowner is pleased. Talk about a VERY COOL DIYer tool!

One important addition to the space was a ceiling storage unit. We needed space and there was tons of it above the cars. There are several types of ceiling storage on the market, but the client wanted to have quick and easy access to the items.

This ceiling unit solution is awesome and the homeowner is pleased. Talk about a VERY COOL DIYer tool!


We are proud of how this project turned out. We’d love to hear from you.  What organizing solutions have you used in your Garage? Please comment below and tell us all about it.

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