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27 Essentials You Should Have in Your Garage by Age 30

Stop dealing with a messy, unorganized garage and splurge on some of these essential garage products.

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Power Tool Organizer

This garage storage unit will allow you to keep your power tools neatly organized. The bottom compartment holds up to five handheld drills that hang upside down. It also has shelves for smaller items.

“I would definitely recommend to anyone who is looking for an organizational solution for tools in their garage or elsewhere. There is also ample room on top of the device to fit a couple of battery chargers and spare batteries,” said one buyer.

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Garden Tool Organizer

An Amazon best-seller, you won’t have to deal with all those garden tools falling over with this inexpensive, handy organizer rack. Use it to keep rakes, shovels, brooms and mops upright as it holds up to 35 pounds and is easy to install (screws and anchors for mounting are included).

“I purchased one to organize the garden tools (rake, hoe, cultivator, shovel, etc.) in our garage and by alternating the tops of the tools up/down, was able to fit them neatly in the holder. Liked it so much, going to install another next to it for the other items. The hooks are a nice feature to hold our gloves and a simple plastic bag to hold things when needed,” explained one buyer.

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Storage Hooks

These top-rated, heavy-duty hooks will help you make the most of your garage storage space. These hooks are a great option for organizing hard-to-store items such as ladders, bikes, chains/ropes and even some power tools. The hooks have an anti-slip surface so items will be held firmly in place.

“They are very sturdy, the orange cover is very strong and appears quite durable and with 10 in the box (of various sizes/shapes), I’ll have plenty to hang all of my tools,” said one buyer.

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Overhead Storage Rack

When it comes to garage storage, look up. This adjustable, overhead storage rack is a great option for storing bulky items such as camping gear, plastic bins and anything else that you don’t want to get wet and don’t need on an everyday basis. The racks can be adjusted from 22 inches to 40 inches, so you can customize them to the perfect height for your garage.

“Purchased this to organize my garage. Installation went well, straightforward if you know how to use a drill. Strength wise is much stronger than needed and should last for a long time,” said one buyer.

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Sports Equipment Rack

Keep all that sports equipment in one spot with this garage storage rack. It holds balls, helmets and even athletic shoes. It also has adjustable hooks to hold gloves, hats and clothing.

“Functionally, the rack works really well at organizing all our small sports equipment. I’m so glad I’m not chasing the basketballs down the driveway anymore,” said one buyer.

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Garage Cabinets

For the ultimate in garage storage, this 14-piece cabinet set will give you a place to store just about everything. The cabinets feature full-length integrated handles which allow you to quickly and easily access your gear, along with adjustable steel shelves to give you the flexibility to store items of all sizes. The doors are lockable to ensure your items are secure.

“This was easy to set up and install. I don’t know what I did before without it. No regrets,” said one buyer.

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Get A Net

Create additional overhead garage storage space when you hang a cargo net from the ceiling and store oddly shaped sporting goods or seasonal decor. You can store light-weight items that would otherwise take up floor space. Check out this inexpensive cargo net.

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Bike Storage Rack

Get those bicycles out of the way and free up some garage floor space with this wall-mounted storage rack/hook. It fits most bike types and allows you to store bikes in a horizontal position, allowing for convenient storage and removal. It is easy to install and is adjustable for bicycles of nearly all sizes.

“Very sturdy hanging on the wall. Mine is installed into the cinder blocks in my garage. The only difficult part was drilling pilot holes without a hammer drill. I highly recommend this product,” said one buyer.

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Utility Cabinet

With adjustable shelves and a compact design making it great for space-challenged areas, this utility cabinet will greatly increase your usable garage storage space. Use it for storing tools, household supplies and outdoor gear. It measures 27 inches wide, 15 inches deep and 67 inches tall. Doors can be padlocked shut (lock not included).

“I’m actually very impressed and happy with the stability of this storage unit, and it will look great in my garage,” said one buyer.

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Kayak Hoist

Kayaks and canoes can be difficult to store as they take up a lot of space, so store them up above with these hoists. The storage hoists come in a two-pack and each has a 125-pound capacity. The hooks have a rubber coating to protect against scratches and ensure your kayak or canoe will not fall. Just mount them to your ceiling joist or rafters.

“Excellent for storing our kayaks, which is why I purchased this. However, after seeing the design, this can be used for many other applications (ladders, bikes, lawn chairs etc). Gives us our garage floor back,” said one buyer.

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Reel deal…Get it?

Two guys sharing one compressor is common on a job site. So is tripping over a hose because the guy on the other side of the splice jerks on his hose just as you’re stepping over yours. And if you’re working on a roof, tripping on a hose could result in a career-ending tumble to the ground, or worse.

Amflo makes a hose reel that has two ports attached to the reel itself, and two anchor bases, so it can be fastened to a roof. Because it’s a reel, you only have to pull out as much of the 75-ft. hose as you need. It’s not just for roofers, though. It’s a great tool for all carpentry, even on the ground.

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Wall Organizer

Get all those tools and accessories in order with this wall organizer for your garage. Much more than a pegboard with hooks, this garage organizer has bins for loose hardware and other small items. “This worked perfectly for my garage. There are enough drawers and hooks to hold all of my things and everything is adjustable,” said one buyer.

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Steel Garage Cabinet

Easy to assemble, this eight-piece cabinet is the ultimate garage storage solution. We like that it comes with locking drawers and doors for added security, unlike many similar units. It also has a 6-foot workbench for all of your DIY projects. “Was very easy to put together took about two hours for the whole set, with easy to follow directions. Everything is built with quality materials. Thought we would run into shipping damage but these were packaged very nicely, we had no damage. The mounting hardware made it a breeze to mount the cabinets. The bench top is nice thick wood not cheap veneer,” said one buyer.

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Rolling Garden Organizer

Instead of an organizer that stays in one corner of the garage, this rolling garden organizer makes it easy to bring all your tools from the garage to the yard and then back to the garage. It features numerous slots for tools, along with places to store extension cords. “Easy to assemble! Great product for the price! Easily stores tools! I love it,” said one buyer.

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Try Attic-Decking Panels

To maximize the overhead garage storage space above garage rafters, install attic decking panels to create a useable and accessible surface for storage. Before you start this project, though, consult a knowledgeable building professional to make sure your rafters are rated for the extra loads.

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Shelf Organizer Kit

With this wall-mount shelf kit you’ll be able to keep bins and boxes off the floor, and have the space to hang golf clubs, bikes and sports gear. Eleven shelf sizes are available. “Easy to install and customize to your space and needs, especially when the studs aren’t always where you need them to be. With this system if you need to make them an inch farther apart to find a stud, no big deal,” said one buyer.

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Battery Organizer

This battery organizer keep all those batteries visible and in easy reach, unlike when they’re in a drawer in the garage workbench. This organizer holds six different size batteries and a total of 93, if it’s completely filled up! It also includes a battery tester. “It solves the problem of searching for batteries when you need them. I see myself buying fewer batteries as now, all my batteries are neatly stored in one central location,” said one buyer.

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Tennsco Jumbo Steel Storage Cabinet

Not only will this tool chest be perfect for tools and other DIY products, but it’s great for getting that extra storage out of the way as well. If you recently stocked up at the grocery store for paper towels, coffee, soda, even office paper, this cabinet is the perfect place to keep it safe and dust-free.

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Multi-Purpose Bins

Instead of metal shelves, on which some items can roll around, these versatile canvas bins are perfect for storing items that are hard to keep in place. Use these bins to store sports equipment and outdoor toys, and simply wipe clean when needed. “I grabbed this on a whim after I was tripping over my kids sport balls in the garage. It took about 15 minutes to put together and I put it in the garage and filled it up. Works great and easy to move around,” said one buyer. It is available in three sizes.

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Garage Mesh Storage Basket

A functional option for storing sports equipment, toys and hand tools, this mesh storage basket holds up to 35 pounds. Install it on the wall, and it can easily be repositioned to meet your needs. “The basket is useful for storing bulky, difficult to store items such as balls, plastic tubing, gear bags and kids toys. Weight capacity is 35 pounds, so you can fit quite a bit of stuff in here,” said one buyer.

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Corner Tool Rack

This corner tool rack/organizer tucks into that often unused corner of the garage. It organizes up to 30 tools and is lightweight so you can move it around easily. “Having recently renovated my garage I needed tool storage in one of the corners and found this easy to use rack. The price and size were just right. What surprised me was the large amount of stuff I was able to easily store. It is a well-designed tool stand and so easy to place and or remove the stored items,” noted one buyer.

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TRINITY EcoStorage 6-Tier Wire Shelving rack

This storage rack is so versatile, it could be used for whatever storage you need. Put away those larger power tools on this rack, or get some bins to store the smaller stuff. Or use it to get those knick-knacks around the garage out of the way so you have space to do your DIY project!

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Garage Hoist

To make the best use of overhead space in your garage, consider these garage hoists. They come in a two-pack and hold up to 125 pounds, making them perfect for items such as kayaks and ladders. “Excellent for storing our kayaks, which is why I purchased this. However, after seeing the design, this can be used for many other applications (ladders, bikes, lawn chairs etc). Gives us our garage floor back,” said one buyer.

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Four-Drawer Cabinet

You’ll be able to maximize you garage storage space with this four-drawer cabinet. Not only does it have drawers for storage, it also features a solid-wood top for some extra workspace. The single lock secures all drawers for added security. “It’s a nice size for a smaller work area, holds a lot but doesn’t take up a ton of room. It’s very heavy and solidly built and looks very nice. High quality materials and a nice top on it that provides additional workspace in our small shop. The drawers are nicely sized and work well,” said one buyer.

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Canvas Storage Bags Protect Decorations

Protect bulky seasonal decorations like artificial trees and wreaths from garage dust and dirt by storing them in canvas storage bags. Tuck a dryer sheet in before zipping to deter insects and critters.

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Chair Storage Rack

This adjustable chair storage rack mounts to the wall and allows you to get those folding chairs, camping chairs and beach chairs off the garage floor. There’s also extra storage space above to organize boxes and bins.

“Easy installation and works as advertised. Very happy with it,” said one buyer.

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16-Piece Storage Kit

With plenty of versatility, this garage storage kit holds up to 1,700 pounds and is made of heavy-duty steel. Store all those gardening tools, your sporting equipment and tools on hooks and in wire baskets. The design makes it easy to attach, remove and reposition items as needed. “We use it for kids gear as well as garden items,” said one buyer, adding, “Very happy with our purchase.”

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