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12 Essential Items to Keep in Your Garage


I have to admit that I'm one of those people who use their garage to store almost everything. Sometimes there isn't much room for my car. I keep saying I need to clean it out but how many of us have been saying that for years? Well today my good friend Andy Andersen has a list of items that are actually great to keep in your garage. Seems like my garage might actually have a few things that I can actually keep, well besides my car of course.


For many families and homeowners, the garage quickly becomes a place to store old junk. When used to store functional, helpful items, however, a garage can be the most versatile, helpful room in the house. Here are 12 essential items to keep in your garage so it becomes an asset instead of a cluttered storage space.

1. Always Leave Room for You Car

Your garage’s primary function is to provide shelter for your car. If you always make that top priority, it’ll help you to avoid clutter and only make room for the garage essentials. You’ll also be pleased with how much better the outside of your house looks without cars always parked in your driveway.

2. First Aid Kit

Though it’s probably a good idea to have a first-aid kit somewhere in the house that you can reach it quickly—like the kitchen, bathroom, or master bedroom—having a backup kit on hand in the garage is always a good idea. Should you ever find yourself in a situation where something from your first-aid kit is depleted just when you need it, having the second one on hand in the garage will immediately prove valuable. Not to mention the garage offers easier access when emergencies occur outdoors.

3. Car Maintenance Items

Since a garage’s primary purpose is to provide shelter for your car, what you keep in your garage should follow that function. Car fluids, a battery charger, and other basic car repair tools are all essential car maintenance items to have in your garage. It’s also a good idea to keep a separate set of some of these items in your car as well for emergencies that happen out on the road.

4. Basic Tool Kit

This may be a no-brainer for some, but tools go missing more than you’d think, often just when you need the very tool that’s gone missing. Keep a standard tool kit in a safe space in your garage, altogether at all times, and you’ll avoid the stress of scrambling for tools when you need them most.

5. 24 Hour Survival Kit

A 24-hour survival kit should be a readily available item in every household. Though it’s probably a good idea to have one in a safe spot in your home, having a second one safely tucked away in the garage may give you the extra security you need in an emergency.

6. Snow and Ice Removal Items

For anyone who lives in areas with harsher winter conditions, keeping all the necessary snow and ice removal gear in one designated spot in your garage can be a lifesaver. A snow shovel, de-icer, and the necessary equipment for winter driving should all be kept together in the garage so things can run as smoothly as possible when winter weather rears its ugly head.


7. Recreational Equipment

Whether you ski, mountain bike, skateboard, or snowboard; if you participate in a sport or hobby that requires equipment, knowing where to store it all can be a challenge. Designating a limited amount of space in the garage to your recreational equipment can clear up space in the house while giving you the opportunity to assess what you still need and what can be thrown away.

8. Camping Gear

If you’re not the camping kind, this one won’t really apply. But if you just so happen to be a lover of the great outdoors, the garage is a great place to keep your camping gear ready, available, and organized. Most camping gear is designed to be compact when not in use, so having it in a designated space in the garage will give you a chance to prioritize your outdoor items and show your prowess.

9. Pet Food & Supplies

Leading pet trainers agree that it’s important to feed your pets in one designated area. The garage can be a particularly useful place to feed the pets because it completely separates their eating area from yours. If you have a spare refrigerator in the garage, keep your pet food in there to keep it fresh and make it last longer.

10. Garden Supplies

Most garden supplies aren’t terribly expensive, so it usually doesn’t do too much harm to leave them lying around your garden area, even if they go missing. If you want to be more careful with your gardening supplies, however, the garage is the perfect place to keep them. Because they are outdoor tools and are likely to carry dirt and outdoor grime with them, their transfer from garage to garden and back won’t be too much of a hassle.


11. Hobby Items

Whether you have recently picked up woodworking, pottery, or even something as simple as cycling, hobbies seem to always come with baggage...literally. If you have the space, the garage can be the place where your hobby-related items don’t get in anyone else's way while remaining easily accessible to you.

12. Holiday Decorations

There is no holiday that comes around more than once a year, but there sure are a lot of them. That’s why it’s best to keep all of your holiday decorations easily accessible and all in one place. As long as you designate your garage as a place to organize things, your holiday decorations will follow suit.

Now is the perfect time to make better use of your garage space. Use this handy list as a guide and get rid of all excess clutter. With a little effort, your garage can quickly become a welcome sight.

Let's discuss: How many of the essentials do you actually store in your garage or is your garage like mine and just needs a major overhaul? 

Annmarie John
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  1. I like that you have a first aid kit in the list and camping gear. It's really important in emergencies.

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  2. First of all, Madison is such a beautiful name. And second of all, I agree with all of these! It's so hard to maintain a garage and I'm glad we don't have one right now, but when I did, it was all full of junk.

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  3. I too have many items in the garage - unfortunately we don't have a big enough garage :D We do have some garden tools stored in it, as well as the winter items (snow and ice removal items.) I keep the Christmas decorations in the addict, for instance - so, I'm guessing, everyone finds the best solution for their own place and conditions :)

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  4. I don't have a garage. lol. but this is a really nice post. thanks

    Kai, www.lilpink.info

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  5. Unfortunately our garage has become a scary storage space. Will definitely keep this in mind when I have my own house in the future!

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  6. Thanks for this list and will help me when I have our garage at home. It is one of the most useful place in the entire home.

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  7. I think aside from the car, you'll need the tools available in the garage. You can also add the first aid and emergency items for easier access.

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  8. Oooooh I love your list. We have an open garage right now so I can't apply this, but who knows in the future. Thanks for the tips!

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  9. The idea of putting the 24 hours survival kit in the garage is really a very good idea. During most disaster, we usually rush out of the house, so if the survival kit is in the garage it would be easier to access.

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  10. i don't even have a garage in my house! hahaha, but these tips really make a lot of sense and will benefit one with a new garage.

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  11. Singapore ain't got many places with a garage! Haha..So we don't keep any of the above inside!

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  12. my house now doesn't have a garage though I'm planning to buy a new house that has big garage

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  13. I like your first tip, that the garage should have enough space for the car. I have seen garages filled with junk and the owners have no choice but to park their cars outside the garage, and then complain they don't have space for their kids to play in their yard etc!!

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  14. We don't have a garage but it will be nice to have one that's complete with the basic toolkit and the first aid kit for emergency purposes in our car parking area as well. It's a storage area for things not frequently used anymore.

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  15. Some of those mentioned here are in my garage,, My gardening tools and hobby items is a must there.

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  16. This are actually helpful tips for my family because right now, we have an open garage. We can't put much things because they might get stolen but we are planning to build a closed garage by next year so I'm keep this post on my bookmarks bar so we can include the things you mentioned on our new garage. First aid kit is, I think, the important thing of all.

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  17. More items to put in a garage but it needs proper arrangement and itemization. Usually, in a filipino garage are gardening tools and old items.

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  18. Can't exactly relate to these as sad to say, most people in Singapore don't own a garage.. and we have no seasons(no need for snow clearing equipment, haha)..

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  19. hahah! Space is a constraint here in Singapore so we don't have garages. most of us at least. I imagine I will be somewhat like you too if I have that space!

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  20. Hahaha my dad is guilty with regards to stocking so much stuff in the garage. And yes, our garage needs an overhaul :p

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  21. Our garage is packed with a lot of these essentials. I need to reorganize it so I can easily find something in case of emergencies!

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