Garden sheds can effortlessly become disaster zones. Your shed’s disarray may be forcing you to warily climb over rakes, shovels and various other oddly shaped objects to reach a single tool. Gardening is meant to be therapeutic, but if the simple act of getting your trowel makes you want to scream, relaxation likely won’t be easily attained.
After you’ve conquered organizing and deep cleaning your long avoided garage, it’s time to get your shed in tiptop shape.
We’ve rounded up the best tips for shed organization so that you can get what you need – without risking bodily injury.
Before moving your garden shed, take inventory.
Record what you have so you can decide what to keep. Set up these categories: donate, keep, relocate and toss.
This step involves pulling everything out of your shed, item by item. If you’ve got a large shed or it’s stuffed to the brim, focus on one wall at a time so that the task seems more manageable.
You probably don’t need three hammers. And how about the extra gloves you bought because you couldn’t find yours? (Even though you were fully aware that they were somewhere in your disastrous shed).
Get rid of what you don’t use and relocate any duplicates to other areas where they’ll be utilized, like the garage.
This phase is the most tedious part of shed organization. But hey, if it’s been a while, maybe you’ll find something cool.
Stow things where you use them in your garden shed
If your workbench is in the garage, your power tools should be in the garage. Ditto for any gardening equipment that’s in the garage and should be in the shed. After you’ve decided what ought to go in the shed, set aside the things you use most often so that they can be stored in an easily accessible spot.
Clear up cluttered floors with a wall of shelves.
You can make some DIY shelves with plywood or invest in shelving units. Adjustable, open metal shelves are an inexpensive option that give you the flexibility to match shelf height to tool size. Plus, the grates allow dust and dirt to fall through, making the space much simpler to clean.
Put things you use most on middle shelves within reach and any seasonal items up top or on the bottom. You can ramp up your organization game by outfitting the shelves with labeled bins or buckets.
Contain dangerous chemicals safely in your garden shed
Weed killer, pesticides and paint are toxic, and some are flammable. Keep chemicals in a lidded storage container to prevent potentially dangerous spills.
Find a place in your Garden Shed to Hang your tools.
Large tools like shovels, rakes and pitchforks aren’t easy to organize, which is why they frequently end up accumulating into hazardous piles on the floor. You can purchase a track system with hooks or make your own organizer with wood planks.
To DIY a hanging tool organizer, carve divots into wood planks that each of your tools can mount into. Alternatively, you can just hammer heavy-duty nails or drill hooks into a wall.
Using a magnetic bar in your garden shed
Magnetic strips aren’t exclusively for kitchen knives. For easy access to garden gear like shears and trowels, attach a strong magnetic bar to a wall. It beats digging through a cluttered drawer.
It’s possible to hang even your most awkward space-hogging items.
If you’ve got more large items than you know what to do with, hang a few of them up. These panels make it feasible to hang just about anything, including an unwieldy wheelbarrow.
A pegboard allows for endless organizational possibilities.
Putting up a pegboard is about the simplest shed organization hack in existence. Just put up the pegboard, place hooks in the holes and hang to your heart’s content.
DIY glove holder.
This simple project only requires a wood plank, clothespins and strong glue. Just glue clothespins to the plank and voila. Attach the gloves by clipping them with the clothespins. Easy peezy. If you want to add a shabby chic element, you can paint the board before gluing on the clothespins.
Whether you’ve got a family of gardeners or you’re just sick of losing your gloves, an easy to make glove organizer will keep them conveniently pinned in one place.
Light it up.
If your shed doesn’t already have a fixture, getting a battery-operated light or lantern is a cheap and easy option that’ll make it easier to find things.
Utilize the newfound space!
After you’ve tidied up your shed, you can use the recently uncovered floorspace to add a potting bench or workbench. This way you can do what you love, rain or shine. A tidy shed can be used for far more than just storage.
At Colonial Van Lines, we seek to provide helpful advice whether you’re moving, considering moving or comfortably situated.
If you’re moving, rest assured that the team at CVL knows just how to pack up your garden shed (and just about everything else). We prioritize getting your belongings to wherever they’re going safely and efficiently. Contact us today for a free rate quote. We keep it stress-free, straightforward and affordable.