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    Garage and Shed Organizing Ideas

    The garage and shed are seldom given as much organizational thought as their indoor counterparts. They are also prime spaces to dump items for future sorting. Here's how to keep these areas helpful and streamlined through the seasons.
    • Susan Barutt

      Garage Organizing Ideas

    • Jennifer May

      ARGH - at least be consistent!! >> "Give every tool it's space...and it will always make its way back. Find this idea and other garage organization tips at Martha Stewart."

    • Julianna Williams

      Garage - tools organizing idea

    • AnneMarie Rickes

      Garage organization. Like the mason jar idea for lots of small parts

    • Lizzie Huff

      Garage Idea for Eric. Outlined tools each have a place and jars mounted underneath shelf for small items.

    • Madison Phillips

      Garage tool storage. Love this.

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