Nope, you don't need to hire a decorator or join a reality TV show just to fix the mess in your garage! Having an idea of the kind of stuff you'll keep in it and the look you're going for, you'll be able to find the perfect storage solutions. Here are some options:
If you want to keep things neat, then cabinets are a practical choice. This is a great place to store and hide cleaning supplies, some chemicals, all sorts of car fluids, or anything that you have to lock away for safekeeping. It also helps that they come in great designs and accents made of metal, wood, or plastic. However, cabinets may have limited space, especially with their divisions or partitions.
Out of the numerous storage options you have for your garage, shelves are among the most affordable and most convenient when it comes to installation. They're flexible and functional. Only trouble is that it's quite hard to keep items organized in shelves over time, unless you're in the habit of putting stuff back where they belong. Unlike cabinets, they don't hide the clutter.
Out of sight, out of mind-if that's the effect you're going for, then your best option would be overhead garage storage. What's great about this is that it leaves you with a lot of floor space. But because it's overhead, you may need a step tool or ladder. You also can't put boxes that are too heavy on it. You may also want to use clear containers or simply label the boxes, so finding things will be easier. This type of storage is best for stuff that you don't use too often or only during certain parts of the year.
Other storage solutions
For heavy equipment and other bulky items, you may use garage pulleys and hoists. There are also hooks for garden tools and even for your bicycle. For the ultimate garage system, you may combine shelves, racks, cabinets, hooks, and grids.
Firs things first: know how much space you really have before shopping for storage options. A list of the stuff you'll be putting in your garage will also help you make a good decision. With a set budget, shop around and compare till you find what works best for you.