Garage storage idea #1: Use the vertical space in the garage. This idea alone can do wonders for the average garage, not to mention the average garage owner. Getting things up off the floor is a great start. Think about all the vertical space that goes unused. Putting things up into that space is perhaps the best thing any of us can do to get organized. I particularly like the simple step of purchasing some shelving and/or cabinets. Using these not only allows easier access to your things, but also allows your things to be closed off from view. Shelves and cabinets with doors gives the garage a more finished look as well.
Garage storage idea #2: Get creative with the use of specialty racks and bins. There are some really innovative storage solutions in this category. For example, if you are a fisherman then you will be happy to learn that companies like Racor make rod racks that let you keep your fishing rods and reels up out of the way and secured against the wall. No more random tipping over and getting tangled and mangled. These racks look good and are functional. Another example are sport ball bins. These are simple, but go a long way to clean up the clutter. Basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, and all sorts of related sports paraphernalia are brought under strict control with the right bins.
Garage storage idea #3: Use overhead storage devices. These come in two basic configurations. One is the rack and bin system where you install rails in the rafters or against the ceiling for plastic storage bins to hang from. The other is a platform pulley configuration where you load boxes and other items onto a platform that is then raised up with ropes and pulleys. Things like holiday decorations and keepsake items that are infrequently accessed are perfect candidates for these sorts of storage solutions.
There's nothing wrong with storing things besides your cars and trucks in the garage. Just take charge of your garage storage situation with some of these ideas and your garage will become a place you don't dread to go into. And, you will be happier and more content.