Garage Organization for Real Families

Garage Organization For Real Families

To tell you the truth, I had a hard time sharing my garage pictures with you, so I’ve been procrastinating it. Then, I had a “heart to heart” with myself and said to myself “Mary, there is nothing wrong with your garage. Everything is not match-matchy or magazine-beautiful, but it is organized and it really works for your family, so share it with the people and get over yourself already.” Dang, I can be so direct sometimes that it hurts a little. But I decided to take my own advice — So here you go, an organized garage, used and loved by a real family … not imaginary magazine people.

Organizing a garage for a real family not a magazine

The wall of “hooks”. I use the Rubbermaid FastTrack that I found at Lowe’s. I am not being compensated for this opinion, I just really like how it works for us. All of these hooks float around seamlessly all over the tracks. When our stuff changes, I can change the hooks super easily.

Organize Sports and Recreation Equipment for Easy Access

I love these hooks that hold the scooters up. It makes the scooters look so neat! The bikes are not pictured here because kids were riding them at the time. But, I haven’t found a good solution for the bikes yet (that the kids can put away themselves and they can’t lift the bikes easily), so you can imagine them just all over the floor on the left side of the garage. At least the scooters look nice!!

Scooter Hooks

I love this basket that hooks onto the tracks. Having the helmets right by the bikes and scooters make them so much more likely to be worn and also not end up all over the garage floor.

Basket for Helmets near scooters and bikes

Here are our camping/sports chairs for easy access.

Make it easy to bring your own chair

The random equipment easily organizes on the adjustable hooks.

All the misc equipment stores seamlessly on hooks

Tell me this isn’t the coolest way you’ve seen balls stored! I wish is was just a touch wider, but it still makes me happy just to look at.

The best way to store balls ever

The folding tables and camping cot are stored up against the wall in the corner. These are a pain to store, but we just keep needing to use them, so I’ll just keep storing them.

Folding tables and camping cots leaned against wall

Here are my shelves in the garage. I prefer open shelves so you can find stuff easily. It does not look as pretty as cabinets, but it is very functional to use. I don’t want to admit how many of those containers are empty. If I was ever accused of hoarding anything, it would be empty containers. I try my best to keep it to a minimum, but they are my weakness.

Real Garage Organization not prettied up for the blog

We keep these wreaths up so we can celebrate the seasons all year round in the garage … or it just makes switching out the door wreath really easy for the seasons. Tom-A-toes, Tom-a-toes.  :)

Celebrate different seasons all year round in your garage

My kids hang their swim towels up here so I don’t have to wash them every day after we come home from the pool.

Hooks on the side of the freezer for swim towels

Are the asymmetrical hooks making you twitch or want to claw at the computer screen? I ran out of hooks that matched. I do my best not to look at the hooks when I walk by them. This must be remedied soon.

Is the asymmetrical hooks making you twitch

This sink comes in handy for dirty jobs! (With my husband’s “yard-work tennis shoes” tucked underneath.) That is a our broken-but-duck-taped stool for the kids to reach the sink.

This sink comes in handy for dirty jobs

Here are the hooks up on the other side of the garage. I have the recreation equipment separated on the other side from the “boring” stuff on this side.

More easy and practical garage organization

My donation station! Wahoo!! Read more about that HERE.

Donation Station that is awesome for tax deductible donations

My cutie-pie photo-bombed this picture of the garage. I think she really improved the picture.

Someone cute photo-bombed the garage

Here is the front of my garage. Ta-da!!

Garage front

 

Do you want to see how my garage changed in the last year? Here is the garage post from last year.

Well, I guess that wasn’t as painful as I thought. I wonder what my garage will look like next year?!

 

In love with my blue garage floor,

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Comments

  1. Love this! Thanks for sharing.

  2. This is a great post! Thank you for posting a garage with REAL contents.

  3. stephanie says:

    I think your garage looks great! Neat and functional, just like a garage should be. I am so jealous. We live in Florida and have no attics or basements so Christmas decorations (and any other kinds of things typically stored in basements or attics either have to be stored inside in closets or in the garage (anything that could mildew has to be stored inside). trying hard to get my garage contents reduced down to a reasonable amount!

  4. Looks amazing! Where did you get the ball storage basket? That is awesome! And where do you keep bicycles and the lawn mower? I love the pool towel idea. The pool towels have been driving me crazy!

    • The ball storage basket is a part of the FastTrack system. I’ve seen them for sale at Lowe’s, but I imagine you could order it online too.

  5. I’m curious about the blue floors? We need to refinish ours soon!

    • It is called epoxy paint! You’ll find it wherever they sell paint. I love the way it makes the garage feel more like a room!

  6. Janycet says:

    Thank you for sharing this what an inspiration for us Mary very thoughtful of u : ) I’ll be subscribing to u.

  7. christen says:

    Thank you so much for sharing!! I’ve been searching for a way to organize and tidy up our garage and this really helps — practical and it looks great! Glad you told where you got the hooks. And, those are some fun looking scooters (love the colors!)

  8. Hi! Can you please tell me where you got your shelves? I’m looking for something similar. Thanks!

  9. I used the same Rubermaid system on my garage as well. Don’t you just love it? I am so motivated to Epoxy my floors now but how well does it hold up when a car is driven on and off of it (ie parking) Here’s a link to my garage makeover there are lots of similarities in our garages! lol http://chaoticallycreative.com/2012/06/18/garage-organization-part-1/

    • The epoxy is two years old and is starting to come off in the most used tire places. I think I will probably do a touch up in a year or so. The great thing about the flecks is that when I patch it, the flecks will make it all blend together. Loved your garage post – thanks for sharing!

  10. I just found your site and I LOVE it! I feel like your ideas are real and doable. Thanks so much and I look forward to spending more time on the site!

  11. Your garage looks great! Right now my excuse is that it’s too cold, but I’ll get to organizing mine some day. :)

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