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Default Garages, Storage, and Organization ITT

So, what do you guys/gals use to organize your garage? Totes? Big-ass rubbermaids? Specific kind(s) of shelves?

I need ideas. I'm on a kick to better my garage / workspace, wanting stuff up and out of the way of both my bike and my Chevy. I need all of the solutions to be either removable and or portable so when I move out of this house I can take everything with me, preferably easier than not. It's a "2-car" garage, but more like a Kansas 1.5 car garage..... lol.


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You good at keeping tidy? That's the hardest part. My garage is 50-50, my lawn side is clean and organized, my other half is chaos. My lawn shit is all hung up on the wall by nails.
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I am basically undertaking the same project. When we prepared to move to Dallas we were going to use a POD and purchased about 40 30qt Sterlite Tubs from Walmart. They will stack 5 high without worrying about tipping and they are strong enough to hold anything I can throw at them.

Hopefully I can move forward with the project a little bit more this weekend and I will throw up some pictures...
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Gladiator by whirlpool... I get a sweet discount through a property management company though

The rail system is nice and easy to take down when I move and the cabinets are good quality although I just have one smaller one in my garage

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I am also in the middle of this same project. I'll be building a multi-level shelf system for primary storage, along with some Garageworks cabinets, rail system and peg board. It should be pretty epic.
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You good at keeping tidy? That's the hardest part. My garage is 50-50, my lawn side is clean and organized, my other half is chaos. My lawn shit is all hung up on the wall by nails.
Yeah, I really am a neat freak actually. I just simply don't have enough places to actually put things. My house is clean as hell.....

I just want a legit "man-cave".
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There is a pretty sweet garage organization store off of 87th and Lackman in Lenexa.
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I don't like shelving and cabinets because the more space you have to put things, the more CRAP you keep. I would make a couple sturdy shelves, and put them on casters. In and out of the garage with ease.
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I recently fixed up my garage. I only have one picture on my phone, of one bay, part way through the process. It is finished now, but no pics.



The cabinets are from Sam's Club. I highly recommend them. I had bought a lot of craftsman shelves, cabinets, workbench, etc. and they are not eve close to being worth it in comparison. These from sams are about 30-40% less expensive, the quality is probably twice as good, if not more, and they take half the time to put together. They have these rolling cabinets, wall cabinets, work benches, rolling chests, etc. I have absolutely no complaints about them.

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The cabinets are from Sam's Club. I highly recommend them. I had bought a lot of craftsman shelves, cabinets, workbench, etc. and they are not eve close to being worth it in comparison. These from sams are about 30-40% less expensive, the quality is probably twice as good, if not more, and they take half the time to put together. They have these rolling cabinets, wall cabinets, work benches, rolling chests, etc. I have absolutely no complaints about them.
Would you care to do a detailed cost breakdown of this project?
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Would you care to do a detailed cost breakdown of this project?
It will vary depending how "finished" your personal garage is. Mine is 3 bays and somewhere around mid 600-700 square feet. It was already insulated and sheetrocked when I moved in.

I have approximately $450-$550, give or take, in the floor. I did an acid etch, epoxy, and a real heavy clear coat. From everything I read the prep and the clear coat is the key. If you do the prep well, everything will stick. If you put a good clear on, then the epoxy won't see much harm at all. There are one or two spots I need to touch up, because I taped over a small part when it wasn't cured The clear is hard as a rock, but it was difficult to put on, because you can't see it real well. It is not horribly even, but is protected and that is the important thing.

I will spare the details on all of the craftsman stuff that cannot be seen. The cabinets ran about $195ea. They are about 6' tall, 3' wide and I believe about 2' deep. They lock, have heavy duty casters, and take about 20 minutes (with beer) to put together once you have done your first one. I cannot stress the quality you get for the price on these. The matching wall cabinets are aroun $70, the workbench is around $195, rolling tool box/work bench is about $400. Excellent deal all the way around.

I replaced all of the lights (6 total) from those single fixtures to dual T8 4' fixture. A night and day difference. Don't go for the T12's - they are quite a bit cheaper but are being phased out and are not as efficient. The T5s are more efficient, but the higher price did not justify the savings from what I have read. The figures can be found from about $15 (give or take) on up. I hard wired them so there is a little money in supplies, wing nuts, etc. The bulbs generally run about $7.50+ for a two pack. I did some searching and bough them for $5-$6 per two bulbs.

I also picked up some race-deck flooring for some mats from rubber flooing inc. online. It was about 30-40% of the price of race deck, but came in the race-deck box, had free shipping and was pretty nice. I don't think I would do a whole garage in it, because it feels like it belongs in a kids playroom, but in small doses it is a nice touch. It was less than $3/sq foot.

Those are really the major things that should be universal to most garages. I will see if I can come up with anything else off the top of my head.
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69Mach, I'll definitely have to look into the rolling cabinets at Sam's. I have a membership there, and once money allows will be looking into something like that. I really like how yours are mobile too. You can move them to clean underneath, move out of the way for other side projects, etc. That's exactly the idea(s) I'm looking for.

I'm going to mount my ladder on the wall, like yours, as well as hang my bikes from the ceiling (not upside down, just vertical).

I've so far purchased 1 T8 Lamp assembly with plug in & chains from Lowe's, and on payday plan to purchase another. They're cheap, efficient, and I agree what a difference in lighting. I'm running these with "external" wiring so I can take all of my purchases with me once I move from this home. When I go to buy a house (probably next year) I'll look at making more permanent modifications and installs.

Keep the info coming, this's excellent.

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That is the big stuff, if I remember. I will probably still paint at some point and am considering adding hanging drop lights and doing a few other odds and ends (table, stools, signs, etc.). For the way it turned it, it wasn't a huge investment, but more time and effort. It took a solid (dry) week to week and a half after work to get the garage clean, organized, floor done, updated, etc. I did the floor in sections because there was stuff that I did not want to leave outside.
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May have to check that out! If it is any good, the wife will be very upset after this weekend!
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Another thnig I am considering is hanging diamond plate and/or doing some peg boards (possibly out of the polished diamond plate). If there was interest, in the sheets or boards, I could get some prices out to people (I have some connections with wholesalers that can get it to me a lot more reasonably than most places). The plate comes in 4'x8' sheets or I can get custom sizes cut. The retail mark-up on this stuff is rediculous.

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Another thnig I am considering is hanging diamond plate and/or doing some peg boards (possibly out of the polished diamond plate). If there was interest, in the sheets or boards, I could get some prices out to people (I have some connections with wholesalers that can get it to me a lot more reasonably than most places). The plate comes in 4'x8' sheets or I can get custom sizes cut. The retail mark-up on this stuff is rediculous.
Griots Garage sells metal peg board kits for what I would consider a reasonable price. Just FYI.

Also, check out Garageappeal.com. Have some great prices on organization stuff.
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Thanks. The company I work for can manufacture them easy enough. A case of beer and pay for the materials and minimum machine time, and I am good to go.

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Are you talking about the rolls like these http://www.rubberflooringinc.com/garage-rolls.html ? I can't imagine it would be hard. I would worry about longevity, the edges of it, and things/water/oil getting under it.
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Also, check out Garageappeal.com. Have some great prices on organization stuff.

Complete Garage in Lenexa carries all of Griots products and doesn't charge shipping.
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That's very true. I have 3 cabinets along the back wall of my garage that are full of random crap, and the only time I go into them is when I need a tool or when it's time to change oil in the car(s).
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I have approximately $450-$550, give or take, in the floor. I did an acid etch, epoxy, and a real heavy clear coat. From everything I read the prep and the clear coat is the key. If you do the prep well, everything will stick. If you put a good clear on, then the epoxy won't see much harm at all. There are one or two spots I need to touch up, because I taped over a small part when it wasn't cured The clear is hard as a rock, but it was difficult to put on, because you can't see it real well. It is not horribly even, but is protected and that is the important thing.
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