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October 18, 2018  —  Written by Chris 

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This post is part of a paid partnership with Lowe’s

Over the past year we have swapped out our garage doors, garage door openers, and put an epoxy coat on the floor. The saga finally came to a close this week as we finished all the garage organization, and I can’t even express how happy we are about getting this part of our lives organized. We have a true two-car garage, designed to fit two cars and nothing else, but here’s what our garage looks like now:

Garage storage and organization options

The biggest problem with our garage is that it’s so narrow. Four inches from the garage doors to the wall on one side, nine inches on the other. So we knew that whatever we chose, needed to have a small footprint and large impact. After looking at all the options from Lowe’s, we decided to go with the Rubbermaid FastTrack system, which was affordable and versatile.

Rubbermaid FastTrack system

There are a lot of similar systems to this, but the ease of installation and variety of accessories were what sold us. Each rail comes with the support and a cover. Simply level the support and screw it directly into the studs.

Garage storage and organization options

A single rail costs less than $10, and you can do so much with each one.

Garage storage and organization options

On the left side of the above picture, you can see all of the yard tools, as well as a couple shelves above. We used the steel hook attachment for the yard tools, and upright shelving units, shelf supports and wire shelves to hold boxes (paint sprayers, power steamer, buckets, etc.) above. For reference, the total cost for the two shelves was $53.86.

Garage organization

On the right side of our garage is shelving to the max. The steel shelves are perfect for paint cans and their shallow depth means A: nothing gets buried, and B: my truck can still fit in the garage! And the shelves cost less than $30 each. Jules has each can labeled on top, but is going to add a label to the front so we can easily locate touch-up paint. When sharing a sneak peek on Instagram, there were a lot of questions about paint freezing. Our garage is insulated and last year we also added a heater (you can see it in the corner 2 photos up), so it doesn’t get too cold in here.

Our garage all organized

We also used a bunch of the black plastic bins to corral things that don’t sit so well on a shelf. Caulk, painting tools, wall patching materials – all the little things that get cluttered and lost now have a place.

Rubbermaid FastTrack system

Below, we also used the same rails and cooler hooks to hang our extension cords, and the utility hook for longer things like paint poles, sledge hammers and crow bars.

Rubbermaid FastTrack system

Along with this, we also needed a workbench. But how do you turn a flat wall into a work space?

Foldable Work Bench for Small Garages

Pegboards are a great way to get hanging storage in tight spaces. We used a few heavy duty hinges to mount a butcher block below it that folds up and hangs from a chain for use when needed.

(Here’s a photo of it in its usable state from when I was building it.)

Foldable Work Bench for Small Garages

And the last bit of unused space we had was the ceiling. The ceilings in our garage are so tall, so a hanging rack made a lot of sense for things we don’t often use but like to keep on hand (folding tables), as well as scrap lumber.

Scrap wood storage

The hanging racks are adjustable from 6ft wide to 8ft, depending on how your joists sit, and cost only $170. I climbed up into the rafters and added a few supports between joists to get placement where I needed it, and we now have 16 ft of storage in a space that is out of the way and has previously been unusable.

Garage Organization Options

For our most used tools and supplies (hammers, drills, drivers, screws, measuring tape, stud finder, etc.) we have used this tool chest for the last few years. When we epoxied the floor I took the opportunity to rebuild the stairs so they had a smaller footprint, which allowed the tool chest to fit perfectly to the side.

Garage Organization Options

It’s especially convenient because we can grab our most used tools from the landing without stepping too far into the garage usually. It also has power, so all of our battery packs are always ready to go.

A lot of times, renovation progress comes in layers. But we can finally say that our garage is completed, and we could not be happier with it. How is your garage? Do you have any disorganized or unused corners you could turn into something that makes you happy?

Rubbermaid FastTrack Pieces Used:

RailShelf BracketWire Shelf
Steel HookSteel ShelfShelving Upright
Black Plastic BinUtility HookCooler Hook
Multi Purpose Hook

Other Materials Used:

Ceiling StorageGalvanized PegboardButcher Block

What do you think?

  1. Lily Beltran says:

    Love this post! Did you use the Rubbermaid FastTrack Garage Satin Nickel Steel Multipurpose Hook for the ladder storage? Also, has the ladder fallen down while stored? Do I see a bungee cord to secure it? I am asking to make sure the car doesn’t get damaged. Californian here, worried about earthquakes.

  2. G says:

    Can you provide some more details about how you made the butcher block wall mounted worktable? thanks!

    • Chris says:

      I set the butcher block up on saw horses against the wall and boosted them up to the height I wanted, then put a level on it and made sure it was level. Then I went underneath it and used 7 of these hinges directly in the studs, making sure the butcher block edges were lined up perfectly with 2 studs.

  3. Michelle says:

    This is so freaking awesome! I want a garage so badly…especially now! ;-)

  4. April says:

    Beautiful and useful garage makeover. Well done! Slightly off topic, but how difficult was it to teach your new doggie the double doggie door solution?

    We have a sliding glass door to our backyard, like you all, but a doggie door slider isn’t very pretty and is hard to use given how narrow the entry for humans is. I’m considering a double doggie door (door into garage from house + door from garage to outside) but wondered how hard it was to train your dogs. Also, our dog is a senior dog, so any tips on how nimble the dog has to be to utilize the double door solution is also much appreciated. Just trying to keep a functional, yet pretty home! You all do it so well!

  5. Kristy says:

    What shop vac do you recommend? And do you use an air compressor to blow things off to keep them clean? Would love to know how to upkeep such a clean tidy garage!

  6. Kesha says:

    Wow – what an awesome organization system, and a great job you did!! I know this was a sponsored post, but I’m wondering if you’d be able to share how the total cost of your transformation with the new pieces that you used for this post? Thanks!

    • Chris says:

      Some materials were provided, some purchased by us. If you take into account everything we’ve done (garage doors, openers, epoxy floor, tool chest, mudding etc.) then we’re probably around $5000 total between things provided and things we paid for ourselves.

  7. Jalene says:

    We did a garage project about a year ago. It’s so nice to have some organization isn’t it!?! Your fold down work bench is such a great solution! We did slat walls, which is nice for adding things as we need to. Check it out at http://www.ourcorneroftheworldblog.com/garage-reveal/

  8. Kristin says:

    Your organization is gorgeous but I just can’t get past that amazing fold-up work table! I need this in my life! This whole post will be incredibly helpful when we finally tackle our garage next spring – and I know I’m going to find space for a work table like that!

  9. Leslie Peterson says:

    Would you mind sharing the source for the tool chest please. Your garage looks fantastic…great work!

  10. Laura says:

    Hi, we need to do something like this in our garage. It looks great. My next comment is from a place of caring, not criticism, are you planning on putting railings on the landing and stairs? It may help to prevent an accident of a little kid or an adult hitting that hard floor.

    • Chris says:

      Yes, we’ll be adding a railing. We’ve actually never had it with the previous stairs, but I want to add it for sure.

  11. Cory says:

    What size is your garage?

  12. Tiffany says:

    Can you tell me what kind of heater you have in your garage? We need to add one!

  13. Elise says:

    I love this! Will you guys come and do my garage now?!? We need to store 10 bicycles, tools, refrigerator, random garage stuff and keep a space open to exercise all in our single car garage- HELP!

  14. Lisa says:

    This looks fantastic! Well done! Our garage is a hot mess and I would love to do something like this. As a fellow DIYer, where do you store your large tools like the miter saw, table saw, & wet saw? Those are constantly a struggle for us as well as extra tile.

  15. Akriti says:

    What is the heater that you use in your garage?

  16. Kristin says:

    Where do you store the girls’ bikes, helmets, balls etc?

  17. Meggan says:

    This whole post was so helpful! The garage is typically my husband’s domain, but this even got me excited to clean it up. Thank you so much for sharing!

  18. Elyse says:

    #GarageEnvy! Love the idea for the popup workstation. Ceiling racks were very smart.

    Where do you keep your lawn equipment? Do you have a shed or other storage? We struggle with storing blower, weed trimmer and their battery all in one place (someone please invent storage with built-in charger) and we just end up putting them on the floor which takes up a lot of room.

  19. Cassie says:

    The garage looks great!
    Can you share the source for the heater?

    • Chris says:

      Found on Amazon here. But there are lots of considerations when picking a heater (the size of the space, wattage etc) so make sure to measure your space and calculate it out so it works for ya.

  20. Allie says:

    Where are all the bikes, scooters, helmets, balls, roller blades, etc? That is what KILLS me in our garage! I have fought with the hockey nets alone like a crazy person. We use the fast track stuff to hang the bikes and kids toys up on the side wall as well as a garden stuff. No shed, so we have our lawnmower and snowblower in there too…you must use your shed for a lot of storage? Looks great and organized, I love the power tool storage.

    • Chris says:

      Yeah all the stuff goes in our shed. We have a couple shelf units in the shed so, even though it’s small, it stores a lot of stuff.

  21. Karina says:

    My dream! My ocd house does not match my messy garage. Quick question? Where do you keep your holiday decorations?

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