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Aug
27

How To Organize Your Garage With Custom Built-In Shelving

I was so tired of walking out to my garage every morning and looking at clutter clutter clutter. I enlisted my dad to help me organize my garage with some custom built-in shelving.

I thought I would share the project here, you know, in case your garage was like mine and looks like an episode of hoarders. It’s amazing what adding some built-in shelves can do for getting you organized.

How To Organize Your Garage With Custom Built-In Shelving

I’m not going to give a step-by-step of what he did because I feel like this project would be custom to your own garage {sizing, etc}…but I will include a materials list and tools list…and a few pictures of him in action.

And before you ask, no you may not adopt my father. :) He’s pretty fantastic, I know…but not up for hire. Or adoption.

Here is what you will need before you begin:

How To Organize Your Garage With Custom Built-In Shelving Tool List

How To Organize Your Garage With Custom Built-In Shelving Materials

One great thing about building in the garage is that it’s just that…a garage.

A place where no one really cares what color you paint the shelves.

And so? I decided they didn’t need any paint or stain.

How To Organize Your Garage With Custom Built-In Shelving

Take that for simplified.

You will need to know how to work a power drill for this project. So ladies, it’s time to get manly.

Or it’s time to enlist your man/dad/grandpa/neighbor/favorite guy friend to get manly.

How To Organize Your Garage With Custom Built-In Shelving

How To Organize Your Garage With Custom Built-In Shelving

One thing I will say about this project is that when you work with your dad…he will still treat you like you are his baby daughter.

He was terrified I was gonna cut myself with the saw. He does that every time I attempt to man ANY power tools. He insisted that he would work the saw for this project.

<<I got this dad…more faith more faith.>>

How To Organize Your Garage With Custom Built-In Shelving

How To Organize Your Garage With Custom Built-In Shelving

But in all honesty, I like his perfectionist attitude so I let him take over.

I’m really better at photographing than him anyway. So I stick to what I’m good at.

How To Organize Your Garage With Custom Built-In Shelving

I’m pretty sure he had this project completed in one day and that was drawing up the sketch, buying the materials and building it.

Yes, again, he’s amazing.

How To Organize Your Garage With Custom Built-In Shelving

How To Organize Your Garage With Custom Built-In Shelving

I wish I could say I am finished, but I still need to find more junk for my shelves. Not very often will you hear me say that. LOL!

It’s nice to get the bins off the floor and out of the way. Especially since our garage has turned in to a place where we store 8 million kids bikes.

How To Organize Your Garage With Custom Built-In Shelving

Do you like a clean and organized garage or are you gonna be on the next episode of TLC Garage Hoarders?

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11 Comments

  1. Carrie A. says:

    Oh gosh, your dad is awesome! My husband is fairly handy, but… your Dad has built a lot of very cool things for your home! Custom shelving in the garage is a dream of mine :) must fwd this to my hubby :)
    Carrie A.´s last blog post ..A Yummy Fall Treat, Candy Apple Popcorn Balls!

  2. This project is Soooo on my To do list for when my parents come for Thanksgiving! I’ve already got a list going for Handy Dad! Love your shelving, I agree it makes a huge difference just getting it up off the garage floor!
    Andrea Worley´s last blog post ..HIS love runs deep for us.

  3. That is one pretty garage! So clean. I live at the beach so all the houses are on stilts. Thus – no garage. But we do have storage. And nobody is taking any pictures of that disaster. :-)
    Taynia @ The Fiscal Flamingo´s last blog post ..Three Ways An Organized Closet Will Save You Money (Without Selling Your Clothes)

  4. We don´t have a garage, but we do have a big storage room which serve the same purpose (minus the whole car thing of course:-)). It´s a total mess right now, so we might have to call BF´s dad to come do some handy work and make some genius storage work for us!
    The Norwegian Girl´s last blog post ..Places to drink and dine in Gamla Stan – The Old Town in Stockholm

  5. My garage is totally a big storage area. We can’t even get a car in it! We are waiting for the summer to be over to have a garage sale (It’s still in the 100′s here) to get some of the bigger items out of it. We also had my parents dumping 15 boxes of stuff from my childhood room in our garage. I’ve slowly been going through them, and some of them just ended up back out there. I am desperate to actually build some shelving , and make it a more conducive space.
    Ashley from Homemakingchallenged´s last blog post ..The Big Clean Out Project: The Medicine Box

  6. Lizzie says:

    Love those shelves! Your Dad is awesome! Our garage is a hot mess, maybe I can convince the hubby to do something like this!

  7. You are so blessed to have such a great and handy dad! I love the fact that you are so close to him. We put shelves in our garage a few years ago and it changed my life! How sad is that?;) Everything is in boxes and labeled. Love it! Then we got two huge labs and our garage is full again – dogs, toys, crates, good stuff. I must say that I wouldn’t trade my pups for anything. Not even a clean garage! Happy day to you! Susan

  8. Ooh I’m having shelf envy over here, Miss Mandy! What a great idea! Our garage is always a mess, so we could really use these. Want to send your dad over here next? ;) Hope you’re having a great week, friend!

    ~Abby =)
    Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog´s last blog post ..Tips for Traveling with Toddlers & Preschoolers

  9. Heather says:

    I can’t believe you didn’t already have awesome shelving in your garage! I always imagined that you did. Any while I don’t really know your husband, I assumed there would have been some sort of a reference to him regarding the “stud detector” after you listed the tools you need… :)
    Heather´s last blog post ..A Night Under the Big Top — Brady’s First Circus!

  10. Our garage is a hot mess, maybe I can convince the hubby to do something like this!

  11. Barry Edwin says:

    Agreed! It’s not that expensive… and yes, the extras may be kept for future use. Thanks for sharing how it is done step-by-step.

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