Our amazing organized garage {from top to bottom!} reveal from Thrifty Decor Chick Leave a comment

The day is finally here! I’m finally sharing our decluttered, clean and
organized garage after working on it for weeks. I’m pretty sure I’m more
excited about this than you will be…but hang in there. It looks pretty darn
We’ve never had our garage this organized…not even close. I tackled this
space because I was SO tired of stepping over messes or pushing them out of
the way while I was in here cutting wood or working on projects. Or not being
able to find the tool I needed. As I was in and out building
our basement entertainment center, I was thoroughly annoyed with myself that my work space was just not

It hit me that (at least part of) the garage is as much my work space as my
office. I decided then and there to figure out better storage and a set up
that functioned better. I definitely splurged on a few things! But I saved in
a lot of other ways too. I’m SO glad that I spent on the items I did — they
were so worth it! 

Let’s take a tour of some of my favorite spots, shall we? 

Wood shelves with holiday decor bins

And I shared this beautiful organized corner last week: 

Hanging garage tools on walls

I also changed out a rolling basketball cart for this skinny ball holder that
takes up WAY less space: 

skinny basketball holder

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Right down from that corner was where I used to keep my scrap wood: 

wood scrap holder

Don’t look too close at the windows, so gross. #wherebugsgotodie

I thought this was such a brilliant idea for my scraps…at first. I quickly
realized it wasn’t working — I couldn’t get the longer pieces out because of
all the stuff that used to sit on the ground (see the after pic above). There
was also nothing to keep all the little pieces from falling off all. the.

Once I got my workshop side of the garage cleared out, I knew what I wanted to
do for my scraps. I figured out the size of the largest pieces I had and used
that as my back panel on the wall: 

DIY scrap wood holder

You don’t have to have a piece against the wall, but it will protect the

I rarely have wood wider than three feet, since I have it cut down to fit into
my car. I just kind of winged it while building this wood holder — I used
uhhhh…some scrap wood 😂 to start building compartments: 

holder for scrap wood

I could have used a jig to screw it together with hidden screws, but I didn’t
need it to be pretty. I just wanted it to be sturdy. I used 1x2s as brackets
as I built to attach a new section. 

My top section was the highest to hold the long pieces, the middle section was
about two feet high, and the smallest about a foot. I also segmented some of
those for smaller pieces that would have fallen over in the larger

DIY scrap wood holder

It works SO well and I’ve already utilized it a ton! 

Next, it was time to sort through all of the items in here so I could organize
them in a new storage cabinet. I had an obscene amount of spray paint from
past projects and partnerships: 

purging spray paint

I think I counted at least 100 cans — they were taking over the garage! I
saved the colors I knew I would use and donated or gave the rest away to

I purged our garden/outdoor stuff as well, and what had been in two tall
plastic cabinets was downsized into this one metal cabinet: 

black metal Husky cabinet
plastic bins for garden needs

These are easy to slide out and I like that we can see what’s inside. Before
we had everything out and stuffed in the shelves…this has already worked so
much better for us! 

I love that this cabinet has peg hooks on the doors for longer items

black metal cabinet for garage

Before we had plastic cabinets that just didn’t hold up to any kind of weight.
The shelves sagged and the doors never shut completely. I spent almost the
same on those as I did on this one unit that will hold up to just about

My favorite part of this redo is my tool storage. I built a
long workbench into the wall in our old garage, but knew I wanted something I could roll outside instead. (The sawdust gets
out of control!) Shortly after we moved in I built this rolling work bench
with scrap till I figured out what my permanent solution would be: 
DIY rolling work bench

Those cabinets next to the cart were filled with my tools — and no matter how
much I tried to organize them, I could NEVER find what I needed. 

So I looked into options for months and found what may be one of my favorite
purchases EVER: 

Husky black rolling work bench

This is the Husky work bench and it is AWESOME. 

The drawers fully extend, so you can see everything inside:

tool storage drawers

long tool storage drawers

They are soft close too. The bench comes with those drawer mats so items
don’t scoot around when you open and close the drawers. **All of the black
containers here are from the dollar store. Oh, and it has USB ports and
outlets on the side for chargers or tools. 

Gah. I love it so! I cannot believe after DIYing for 20+ years that I’ve
never had anything like this. I feel so grown up and legit! 😄 Some of the
options have all drawers, but I wanted something with a cabinet for my
compressor and deeper drawers for the drills and saws. 

I went through and sorted all of the little stuff like screws and nails and
doodads. I had them all in that organizer you can see under the DIY
workbench above, but it was always getting sawdust inside and some of them
were stuffed full. 

tool hardware storage bins
storage containers for tool hardware

They are a game changer! 

When I got that workbench put together, I held off on putting my saw up
there because I kept using the top to work on projects. Huh. Imagine that!
I’ve worked on the floor or the kitchen island for all this time. It was
wonderful to be able to work and have my tools right there. 

SO my last addition to this space was a rolling work bench just for my saw.
It’s lighter, smaller and easier to roll than the big one, but is the
perfect size for my saw: 

rolling black wood work table

You can crank the height up or down, which is awesome when using a saw. Mine
has always been up too high and I would get shoulder or arm pain when I used
it too much. The length also works well.

I can roll it outside easily and the wheels lock so it won’t go anywhere as
I cut. The garage has already stayed SO much cleaner because of it!

I so wish I had taken more before pics of the whole space, but you can see
some peeks of it in the photos above. It is really night and day!:

organized garage with wood and tool storage

scrap wood storage and tool bench

You know I had to add a fun little DIY project to this space with the TDC
letters. 😉 They are just big cardboard letters and I covered the front with
black and gold wrapping paper: 

tool and wood storage in garage
black and wood rolling tool benches

All of the larger items in here are the Husky brand from Home Depot
(cabinet, rolling work table and rolling work bench). Thankfully I got all
of them during a great sale, but I would buy them again in a heartbeat! They
are perfect for our storage needs. 

Here are some of my thoughts and tips when it comes to garage decluttering
and organization:

  • I used
    the Konmari method
    (as I do every time I go through items) when going through everything in
    this space. Especially when it came to my tools — do I really LOVE or
    USE each item?
  • I moved paint supplies to the basement storage room with the paint. That
    way I’m not gathering items from two different spots every time I paint
  • Some of the items we had in the garage moved to the
    new mud room storage
    I shared last week. Extra light bulbs, extension cords, command hooks,
    batteries, etc., went there instead. It’s stuff we reach for more often,
    so it makes more sense for them to be inside. 
  • I thought a lot about placement and how we use things — the storage
    cabinet is now closer to the garage door since most of the items in
    there are used while we’re outside. Lawn equipment went under the
    windows where the wood storage used to be so they’ll be easier to
  • I dusted or cleaned nearly every surface and item in the garage as I
    went through everything. Some of my tools hadn’t been cleaned for years!
    I cleaned the tops of surfaces, window sills, cobwebs…all of it. I’ll
    probably do this once a year from now on. 

If you are tackling your garage this spring I hope my ideas help you! If
you have any tips for organizing the garage, I’d love to hear them!

You can find many of the items I used to organize our garage

LED garage lights
(These make a HUGE difference in a garage/work space! SO much

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