Over time, the garage can become storage central, often looking more like a personal landfill than shelter for your car. Rather than demote the vehicle to driveway or street parking, initiate proper organization with low-cost containers, shelving and other economical or homemade storage solutions.
Budget-wise efficiency doesn't have to look cheap, especially when you give your garage a few stylish twists.
See Things Through
See-through plastic storage bins aren't just inexpensive -- each costing about as little as running your vehicle through a car wash. They're ideal for stashing and, more importantly, finding seasonal sporting gear, holiday decorations, Christmas lights and more.
These stacking, lidded containers often are sturdy enough for heavy items, such as seldom-used tools.
Stack the heaviest bins on the bottom and the rest only as high as you can easily reach, so that they don't topple or cause an injury.
Hang in There
A pegboard is likely one the garage's top-5 must-haves, especially for tool storage. If you [finish it](http://wwwfamilyhandymancom/garage/storage/garage-storage-projects-pegboard-storage-and-bin/view-all) yourself, you'll possibly pay half as much as buying a ready-to-hang unit.
Then, add all the pegs, which include not just hooks but baskets, bins and shelves, for about the price of an average tank of gas. Or, design a similar system [from scratch](https://aulifestyleyahoocom/better-homes-gardens/diy/h/25494424/how-to-make-pegboard-shelving/), using doweling and scraps, such as leftover lumber, [polyvinyl chloride pipe](http://howtomanguidecom/2013/04/home-and-garden/how-to-make-a-pvc-tool-holder/), plywood and trim.
Paint is relatively cheap, so why not make your garage stand out by giving it an accent color? Roll a couple coats of racing-stripe red, yield-light yellow or man-cave burnt orange over pedestrian white or gray brackets that support shelves, any trim and metal shelving systems, using spray paint or high-gloss latex paint.
Up and Away
Upper and lower cupboards aren't just for kitchens; they provide handy storage in garages, too; however, even a few sections can run upward of a mortgage payment or the rent -- the new ones, anyhow. Secondhand cabinets are relatively low-cost and sometimes no-cost:.
- Search for bargains or freebies in classified ads, at used-building-supplies stores and from cabinetry contractors who regularly rip out and cart away old kitchens before installing new ones.
- Plan the garage layout after scavenging for cabinets because, likely, your options are limited.
- Refinish the cupboards with glossy black, dark gray or metallic paint and clunky chrome or iron pulls and oversize hinges, replacing their kitchen homeyness with garage guise. [Hang them](http://www.ehow.com/how_4855783_install-cabinets-garage.html) securely from studs.
Paint the mudroom walls to stand out from rest of the space, and give a concrete floor an attractive solid color or an area rug design for further definition, using painter's tape to create outlines and stencils for patterns.