It's no surprise if you can't shoehorn a Ford Expedition into your garage. But if you can't cram in a Mini Cooper, there's a growing industry ready to rescue you.
GarageTek and Gladiator GarageWorks, the leaders in garage organizing, will visit your home, free, to measure your garage and devise a plan. One wall's worth of organizing products, installed, will usually cost $2,000 to $2,500, although you can spend a lot more.
GarageTek sells its products installed only, with a one-wall minimum. GarageTek (www.garagetek.com; 866-664-2724) has dealers in 35 states. Its products are also sold through Expo Design Center stores.
Gladiator does installations, sells its products to do-it-yourselfers and lets you design plans on its Web site. Gladiator (www.gladiatorgw.com; 866-342-4089) has a network of outlets nationwide (except in Alaska) that includes Sears, Lowes, Kmart and Target.
Both systems start with plastic paneling ($10 to $12 per square foot) that is installed on top of the garage walls. Slots in the paneling let you hang cabinets, shelves and accessories so you can stow all the stuff you're tripping over on the garage floor.
Solution: Gladiator's Freezerator ($1,100), with more freezer and less refrigerator. Also available is an under-workbench refrigerator ($450) for your cold ones. The appliances are made by Whirlpool, Gladiator's parent company.