How to Organize a Garage Full of Tools

You can organize a garage full of tools by adopting proper storage techniques. When your tools are tidy, it makes you feel motivated to work because the space is clean. You also do not have to spend a lot of time trying to find something since everything is in its space. We have a variety of tools in the garage and organizing them according to size and functionality is always a good idea.

You will be surprised how proper garage organization can be a relaxing and fulfilling experience. The good news is that you do not have to do everything at once. It is a step by step process that involves planning to get the best results.

Steps to organize a garage full of tools

Group your tools into three categories

The first step should be sorting the tools. Sorting the tools in terms of size and functionality will help you to know the best way to group your tools. Organizing your garage tools starts by grouping them accordingly for easy access. Grouping your tools can also help with safety in the garage, especially when you have kids and pets around. Before you start a tool organization, put them into these three categories

  • Seasonal tools – the first category should be tools that you do not use often. For instance, your snow shovel and lawn mower are seasonal tools that you only need after several months. Put them in a separate category away from easy access.
  • Small tools – we also have small tools in the garage. These are tools that are likely to get lost due to their small size, and they should be kept in a safe place to protect them from loss.
  • Power tools – these tools that are dangerous and you need to lock them in case you have kids or pets around. You can also keep them next to the source of power or charging system for easy access.

Adopt a garage wall tool tool storage system

A garage wall tool storage system is always a sight to behold. There are a variety of techniques to organize your garage tools on the walls. Wall organization can help you to save floor space, and it is also a good way to make your garage aesthetically pleasing. Here are some wall organization techniques for tools:

Use a garage pegboard

Using a pegboard is the best way to store small tools. Buying a pegboard is quite affordable, and it is also easy to install a pegboard on the garage wall. The simplest way to use a garage pegboard is using hooks. Since the pegboard has some holes, you can hang small hooks and use them to support your tools. Some of the tools that you can hang on your pegboard include pliers, hammers, hand saws and other small tools. The tools look organized in the garage, and it is easy to find whatever you are looking for at a glance.

Apart from using hooks on the pegboard, you can also use pegboard bins. These are small bins that you can attach to the pegboard. You can use the small pegboard bins to store nails and screws that easily get lost. Garage pegboards are affordable to buy and install. They also do not get a lot of space into your garage.

Read how to arrange tools on a garage pegboard.

garage tool organization on pegboard

Foam tool organizer

A foam tool organizer is also great for the wall. Most people are familiar with foam that is available in toolboxes, but you can use the same kind of foam for tools in your garage. The best thing with a foam tool organizer is the fact that it is easy to work with. You can use a utility knife to cut the right side of the foam board. Sticking foam to the wall is also easy. Using heavy-duty adhesive to attach the foam to the wall is the best way to do it.

A foam tool organizer is used to organize small tools like screwdrivers. You can also use it to store sharp tools. All you have to do is to stick the tools on the foam because it has that spongy feeling. You do not need additional tools like hooks or bins. However, using a foam tool organizer might not be ideal for all types of tools. It is impossible to store and organize heavy tools.

Magnetic tool holder

Using a magnetic tool holder in the garage is also an ideal way to store tools. These are magnetic strips that are attached to the wall. The strips can be used to store small metal tools and keep the place organized. You can only use a magnetic tool holder to organize metallic items.

The small tools should be able to stick to the magnetic tool holder. You can always choose the ideal length for your garage. The only downside of magnetic tool holders is that they can only be used for small tools you will not be able to store heavy items on the magnetic metal strips.

Panel walls

A panel wall is always a good idea for every garage. A good panel should be made using wood panels. Wood panels are the best because you can attach hooks to them to store different tools in the garage. The best thing with a panel wall made of wood is the fact that it adds personality to your wall. It is a good interior design addition to your wall. You can use natural wood, or you can stain the wood depending on your preference.

A panel wall is multipurpose, and there are a variety of ways to use it for tool storage. The simple way to use a garage panel wall is to use hooks. Using the hooks, you can hang items like shovels, hammers and even hand saws. You can also use a wall panel to attach bins to the wall. Attaching plastic bins to the wall keeps your garage organized. The plastic bins are used to store small garage tools that get lost easily.

Garage shelving

Using shelves is effective in organizing your garage. When it comes to garage organization, you can use the shelves to store heavier tools that cannot be hung on the wall. We have heavy-duty metal shelves that can support the heavy tools in the garage.

The best thing with storing garage tools on open shelves is the fact that you can see all your tools. Heavy tools that you use regularly should be placed in a place that is accessible. You can use floating shelves or stand-alone shelves to keep all your tools. Another way to use shelves is to use them with bins. You need to store your tools in the bins and keep them in the garage.

For proper organization, make sure that the bins are properly labeled. Storing garage tools in bins will protect them from dust. Putting labels on the bins will also make it easy for you to identify whatever you are looking for in the shortest time possible. Keep tools on open garage shelves or put them in bins and place the bins on the shelves.

Mason jars

Mason jars are great for storing small tools in the garage. You can buy mason jars made using glass or clear plastic. Mason jars are the best, but you need to handle them correctly. When storing small tools in mason jars, it is advisable to label them. The mason jars can be used to store small tools and screws that are needed for a variety of home projects. These mason jars are great because you can keep them on the garage shelves on locking them in the cabinet. You can also carry them with you in case you are planning to go and work outside the garage. When properly labelled, mason jars look beautiful and organized in the garage.

Utility tool cart

A utility tool cart is a must-have for tool storage. When buying a utility cart, it is advisable to get one that has wheels. A garage utility cart with tools is good storage and organization equipment for the garage because it comes with different compartments for storage of tools.

The best thing with a utility cart is the fact that you can move it to different parts of the garage comfortably. Most of the carts come with wheels that make it comfortable to push the carts to different parts of the garage. Some garage tool carts come with an attached pegboard for proper tool storage.

Garage toolbox

Every garage needs to have a toolbox. A toolbox is not for carrying tools. Even if you do not work outside your garage, it is advisable to have a good and sturdy toolbox. With a toolbox, you can lock all your equipment that you do not want people to access. If you share your garage with other people, your tools are likely to get lost or misplaced. A garage toolbox allows you to keep all the tools in one place without risking loss.

The best thing is that you can carry the toolbox with you whenever you decide to work outside the garage. Garage toolboxes come in a variety of materials and design. The hard plastic is the most common material for garage tools because it is heavy-duty and still light to carry. You can also choose a garage tool with compartments or chest of drawers so that you can keep your tools organized.

garage tools in bins

Tool tray

It is important to invest in a good tool tray. A good tool tray will help you to keep small tools organized, and it will keep your work surface organized. When buying a tool tray, it is advisable to get one that has compartments. You can use the different compartments to keep different screws, nuts and nails.

Storing tools in a tool tray makes it easy to access them whenever you need them. You can find tool trays in a variety of designs and also materials. Most of the toolboxes will come with a tool tray, but you can get a separate toolbox for your garage.

Garage cabinets for tool safety

You can also use garage cabinets to store your tools. Garage cabinets are ideal for storing tools that need to be locked away. If you have some expensive garage tools, leaving them exposed is not always a good idea. Keep them locked in metallic cabinets to keep everything safe. Locking your tools in garage cabinets is also a good way to protect them from damage.

Moisture and dust are likely to cause damage to tools that are not used every day. If you want to keep your tools safe from dust and moisture, keep them locked in the garage cabinets. Garage cabinets are ideal for all types of tools, and it helps you to avoid visual clutter in the garage.

Garage mats for large tools

You will be surprised to know that you can use garage mats to keep your large tools organized. Large tools like lawnmowers in the garage need to be kept on the furthest corner of the garage since they are not used regularly. It is advisable to place them on top of garage oil spill mats. Placing large tools directly into the floor is not advisable because the damp floor might cause rusting of the tools. Using mats is also a good way to avoid oil spills in the garage that might be difficult to clean.

Why you should organize a garage full of tools

Organizing garage tools is very important. It is a good way to prevent loss of your tools. When the garage is organized, you can know the location of everything in the garage. Keeping a garage organized is also necessary for the durability of your tools.

Garage tools are prone to rust and damage. Keeping your tools correctly will prevent damage that is caused by excessive moisture in the garage. It is also possible to reduce accidents in the garage since you can look out the sharp garage tools. You will also enjoy working in a garage that is organized and beautiful.

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