Garage Cabinets

by Hettie Woehler
(last updated September 5, 2017)

Having the right kind of garage cabinets can literally make all the difference in the world when it comes to storage options. Since the garage is the ideal place to store seasonal items, Christmas decorations, camping equipment, bicycles, snowboards, skis, surfboards, and more it only makes sense that you have the right kind of cabinets to take proper advantage of the storage options. If your garage space is well planned, it can save frustration, prevent useful items being thrown out because there isn't enough space anywhere. Simply follow these guidelines to ensure that you have the right kind of cabinets in your garage.

  • Ability to mark drawers. Whether you need to store tools, house items, lawn and gardening equipment and children's toys, mark every item before placing it into a garage cabinet or shelf. No, you will not remember where each little item is stored. Meticulous tagging is essential. Know that feeling of needing something urgently and just don't know where to look for it? Why not decorate the doors of the cupboards and shelves with interesting pictures of what is stored inside?
  • Sliding doors are helpful. If space around the car is limited, put sliding doors on the cupboards to prevent opening cupboard doors from scraping your car.
  • Quality can cost money. Don't use low quality cupboards and shelves in your garage. You aren't saving money, in fact the loss of a heavy machine that crashed to the floor because it wasn't stored on quality durable materials, often happens when you can least afford replacing that machine.
  • Can it handle the changes? Garages are often subject to extreme weather temperatures such as heat, cold and humidity which need to be taken into account when planning and building garage storage furniture.
  • Build for storage. Carefully measure the garage space both without the car as well as with the car parked inside. If you are not a DIY person, this will ensure that you buy garage cupboards that will fit into the space planned for it.
  • Use mobile toolboxes as well. A mobile toolbox is another way of saving garage space. What makes it an even better idea is that you will be able to pull or push it anywhere in the garage or house instead of carrying a heavy box holding heavy tools. A sturdy lock will keep out "enthusiastic children" or any unauthorized person.

The last, but most important tip is to clean and replace each piece of equipment immediately after use. Throw unnecessary stuff away instead of storing it in your neat cupboards or shelves. You still need to clean out everything once a year but the work will be less frustrating and time consuming.

Author Bio

Hettie Woehler

Hettie lives in Mokopane, South Africa. She writes articles for a country-wide monthly newspaper, The Vessel. She self-published a devotional book in 1993 and writes a regular column, Hettie's Chatterbox, for the S.A. Neuromuscular Foundation. ...


Digital Filing

Digital Filing resembles hard-copy filing in that both need practical, well-named regular attention. In the same way a ...

Discover More

Time Management Software

Deciding on the right time management software is an important step towards effective time management throughout the ...

Discover More

Air Cleaners

It seems that air pollution is here to stay. Diseases brought on humans and animals may include allergies, asthma, lung ...

Discover More

Find the Right Tool Right Away Finally, a homeowner's set that includes all the tools needed to complete basic DIY projects at an affordable price! The tools are stored in a molded case for security and portability. Check out Stanley 65-Piece Homeowner's Tool Kit today!

More Organizing Tips

Garden Tool Storage

If you don't have an organization and storage system set up for your gardening tools, you may want to consider starting ...

Discover More

Tool Organizing

If you have no organization system for your tools, you can improve the situation with a little bit of time and work. You ...

Discover More

Organizing Your Garden Shed

Whether you are a professional gardener or simply an enthusiastic amateur, if you have a yard then you probably have ...

Discover More

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured organizational tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."


If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] (all 7 characters, in the sequence shown) in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 7 + 7?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured organizational tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)