Shed organization can be tricky when we have more stuff than we have space. Here are some ideas to help you make the most out of your storage building.
Figuring out how to organize your shed requires a bit of planning and imagination. Although storage sheds can be a crucial part of your organizational system, they’re not always given the attention they deserve.
First, picture what the inside of your shed looks like right now. Can you walk from the front to the back without an issue? Sheds can quickly become filled to the max with outdoor clutter that’s hard to find or access — lawnmowers, tools, rakes, shovels, etc.
With an open, clean, and organized shed, you can store items to find what you need when you need it. Here’s a list of some of our favorite tips and ideas to help you make the most out of this underutilized space.
1. Use Hanging Jar Organizers
Nails, screws, tacks, and bolts are necessary items every tool shed needs, but those tiny pieces of hardware can easily get lost in the shuffle and sometimes end up on the floor, where you step on them. To keep them in place and out of the way, install a hanging jar system.
2. Reuse a Pallet as a Multi-Purpose Organizer
Pallets are arguably the most versatile accessory. They can be made into tables, headboards, vertical gardens, frames, wine storage, tables and more. If your tool shed lacks a toolbox and you’re looking for simple yet effective storage for your tools, a pallet board and some nails will do the trick. The best part? Pallets are easy to find and often free of charge.
3. Hang a Pegboard for Tool Storage
A pegboard is a common yet underutilized storage shed organization idea. Not only does a pegboard allow each item to be easily found and accessed, but it frees up the floor and takes up virtually no extra space.
4. Use a Magnetic Bar for Tools
To organize any type of shed, make use of a magnetic bar. This shed organization idea has long been used to store standard tools, and it’s ideal for storing gardening tools too. Just make sure to choose a magnetic bar that is strong enough to hold the tools you’re looking to organize.
5. Put Up a Power Tool Storage Rack
It’s important to properly store and protect power tools in your shed. A power tool storage rack is a good way to keep drills off of the floor and ensure your shed stays organized. Feeling crafty? Check out this DIY hack for making a power tool holder from a wooden pallet!
6. Bungee Cord Ball Storage
Shed walls make a great place to store smaller items. The space between the studs is often unused. One way to use this space is by using it to store balls. All you need is some old wood that is laying around and a few unused bungee cords. Build a little frame from 2x4s, or something similar, and nail it inside two wall studs. One should be at the bottom and one about four feet high. Next drill 1/2″ holes into the frame where the bungees need to be fastened. Lastly stretch the bungees from the bottom frame to the top frame. This will keep your balls in one place and also make the easily accessible when you want to use them.
7. Wall Hose Storage
Storing hoses on a shed floor can clutter up your space and set you up for accidents. Instead wrap them around metal tubs attached to your shed wall for a solution that’s simple, effective and attractive. Use smaller metal buckets in the same way to store extension cords.
8. Keep Shovels Standing
Shovels, rakes and other landscaping tools can end up anywhere in the shed, but can be a hazard if you’re walking around. Without a proper place, these tools just thrown about can become an easy way for you or others to trip and fall. Not to mention, they become hard to find. But with so many awkward shapes, how can you fit them neatly?
One solution is to screw a standing pallet into the wall of your shed. Now, you’ve created vertical storage to easily keep items off the ground.
If you want to go a step further and separate your tools, you’ll need to get a bit more creative. One way is to utilize PVC pipe to make containers for your tools by attaching to two pieces of wood and hanging that from the wall.
Storage sheds are a great investment for any homeowner to have not only to increase the usable square footage of a yard but to add valuable storage space. But this space is only as good as how it is used. By incorporating organization systems and techniques, you can have a shed that works for you. For more information on Helmuth Builders’ line of sheds and other outdoor structures, stop by one of our offices or give us a call today!