We’re always encouraging our fans to keep busy, whether they’re out on the job, out in the garage doing some DIY, or just outdoors! But once you’ve finished for the day, we’re pretty sure the tools are looking less than organised. And once that happens, it’s impossible to find your trusty cordless drill or spanner when you need it! To help you with your organisation, we’ve rounded up of some of the handiest tool and garage storage solutions out there.
1. Magnetic Tool Hanger
This is a great way to store smaller, lightweight tools and equipment, and is an efficient use of space – you can hang tools on the wall, or underneath shelves/cabinets. Here’s a step-by-step guide to installing one in your own garage. You can also purchase magnetic strips to attach to the wall, for holding drill bits and similar sized items. If you get in the habit of immediately hanging up your tools after use, you’ll not only never misplace your screwdriver again, but you’ll also keep the house a tidier and safer place.
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2. Labelled Containers
This is essential for any professional or DIY hobbyist. Plastic containers of different sizes can be arranged on a shelf or rack to hold those smaller materials that can so easily roll around and get lost, never to be seen again. Murphy’s law – this will happen just when you need whatever item has gone missing! Make sure to label the containers clearly, for easy reference. These nifty drawers will save you infinite amounts of time and stress!
3. Pallet Storage
Pallets are excellent for repurposing into tool storage, particularly for larger garden equipment. Simply lift them onto their side and prop them up against a wall, you’ll then find you can slip your rakes, spades and brooms just inside the space created. It’s a fantastically resourceful and cheap way of keeping your long-handled friends safe and in one place, plus it looks authentic and a little bit trendy.
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4. Hanging Tools
Floor space is usually quite limited in a garage or workspace, while wall space is usually left under-utilised. Rectify this by adding hooks, handles or pegs to the wall, on which you can then hang some of your equipment. If there are kids around, ensure your tools are hanging out of reach of curious hands.
5. Ceiling storage
Do you have items that need to be packed away, or only get used once a year? Then consider making use of the ceiling – yes, you heard us correctly. Family Handyman has a simple guide for installing ceiling storage with large plastic containers.
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6. Under shelf jars
Another way to store screws, nails and other small items is to keep them in plastic jars, which are then mounted underneath your shelves. A great way to repurpose all those containers you get through, and brilliantly effective. Quick and easy!
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7. Foam insulation for pointy bits
Glue a 2-inch thick slab of foam insulation to plywood sized an inch wider than the foam (careful- the adhesive should be compatible with foam!). Press the foam into place and let it dry for a couple of hours. Once ready, use a drill to embed holes into the foam at a slight angle, after which you are ready to hang the contraption onto your garage wall and use the drill holes to store all those pesky little tool bits that you need to hand.
8. Clay pots to hold gardening tools
If you have any spare clay pots lying around the house or garden, you can fill them up with sand and prop your gardening tools into them. The sand is strong and thick enough to secure them where they stand, and, instead of lurking at the back of the shed, they remain easily accessible.
9. Coat hangers for the garden hose
Never get your garden hose in a tangle again. Simply erect a coat hanger on your garage wall and wrap the body of the hose around it, so that it unfurls neatly and knot-free.