The last time you drove into your garage, were you required to open the car door a gingerly crack and to slither through it to avoid banging into bikes, and long-forgotten lacrosse sticks, and camping equipment, and a broken toaster oven you keep meaning to fix, and cans of dried-out house paint, and the extra refrigerator door shelves you never used but are saving just in case?
The best solution—the real, long-term, honest-to-God answer—would be to get rid of all that stuff. Give it away, donate it, sell it on Craig's List. (Except the bikes.) But maybe you aren't ready for that. Speaking as a person whose garage harbors a cardboard box full of Girl Scout memorabilia circa 1973, I understand your hesitancy to part with things you may need 40 years from now.
A short-term fix is what we're after. And that brings me to the subject of storage and organization—starting with sturdy, customizable, and generously sized shelves:
Go out to the garage with a tape measure and a piece of graph paper and a pencil with a nice sharp point, and figure out the layout that will work for you. The MAX modular units are from 15.75 to 16 inches deep and come in varying heights and widths.
Above: A MAX Chrome 4-Drawer Cart With White Top (the top is made of metal) has two locking wheel castors and is $109.95 from Crate & Barrel.
Above: A perforated iron Three by Three Peggy White Board with dimensions of 24-by-18 inches is $39.95 from Crate & Barrel.
Pegboard is my preferred method for storing garden tools; they're easy to find and they dry out faster (and rust less) than if they're stored in a pile inside a tote or a bag.
Above: A Three by Three Peggy Grey Double Hook is $4.95 from Crate & Barrel.
For more of our favorite ideas, see Design Sleuth: Stylish Garage Storage.