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With these seven tips on how to organize a shed, you’ll be able to rid the clutter, maximize your space, and find exactly what you need in no time.

Ways to make outdoor sheds more organized and functional.

Although sheds can be a key part of your organizational system, they’re not always given the thought or attention they deserve. Essentially, they become a dedicated place to put all of our miscellaneous things — lawn mowers, tools, rakes, shovels — until we happen to need them for a specific season.

With an open, clean, and organized shed, you can store items to find exactly what you need when you need it. We put together a list of seven ideas on how to organize a shed to help you make the most out of your space all year.

How to Organize A Shed in 7 Easy Ways

1. Add DIY Shelving

how to organize a shed: DIY Shelving

When you’re left with limited space in a shed, it’s important to figure out how to make the most out of what you have. By modifying your walls with shelves, you can utilize more space to free up your floor and make your shed appear more spacious than it actually is.

To build sturdy shelves, you’ll need to cut plywood to fit the surface area. To store more items, make the shelves deeper (or construct shelves from floor to ceiling). You’ll need the following supplies:

  • ½ inch Plywood
  • 2×4 lumber
  • Table saw
  • Wood screws
  • Saw
  • Tape measure

Fred from One Project Closer gives the full walkthrough on installing shelves to your shed. As you can see, it will free up quite a bit of space — especially in a small shed.

2. Use Hanging Jar Organizers

how to organize a shed: Hanging Jar Organizers

how to organize a shed: Hanging Jar Organizers
Image via Chez Larsson

Nails, screws, tacks, and bolts are necessary items every 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.

We’ve all heard the hype surrounding creative mason jar ideas — but any jar with a screw top lid should work for this one. To create this system, simply fill each jar with your small pieces and screw the lid to the bottom of a shelf. To access the nails and screws, just unscrew the jar and lower it carefully.

3. Pegboard for Tool Storage

how to organize a shed: Pegboard for Tool Storage

A pegboard is a great way to hold all of your shed supplies. Not only does it allow each item to be easily found and accessed, but it frees up the floor and takes up virtually no extra space.

Once it’s cut to the right size, mount your pegboard to the studs of your wall using lathe screws. Normal screws will work too, but lathe screws will help prevent tear from heavy items. You can then place hooks in the holes to hang tools, drills, baskets filled with supplies, and even accessories like dustpans and wall clocks.

4. Rake and Gardening Organizer

how to organize a shed: Rake and Gardening Organizer

Yard tools like rakes, shovels, hoes, and pitchforks are tough to organize (which is why it’s so easy to let them form into a massive pile on the floor). To keep them out of the way, utilize your shed wall space by making your own organizer.

Start by carving divots into pieces of wood planks that each tool fits into. This will prevent your shovels, rakes and gardening tools from falling as you store them against the wall. Then screw the wood right onto your wall. If you’re worried about keeping track of each one of your tools, you may want to label each spot with a marker and duct tape.

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Have some extra room on the shelves? Store other small items like plants, flashlights and accessories that you might need with your gardening tools.

5. Contain Your Chemicals with Storage Boxes

how to organize a shed: chemical storage box

It’s common to have chemicals such as weed killer, pesticide spray, diesel and paints in our sheds. However, these are extremely toxic (and some even flammable in confined spaces). As you’re figuring out how to organize your shed, prevent these chemicals from contaminating the floor, ground, or even water supply.

By placing all of your potentially hazardous chemicals in a storage container, you can ensure they’re in one place and also kept safe. Heavy duty plastic bins that are easy to slide in and out are great options for storing these.

Here are some things to keep in mind when storing and organizing chemicals in your shed:

  • Keep the chemicals in their original containers, stored in one place together.
  • Keep them out of sunlight and out of reach of pets and children.
  • If you’re storing fertilizer and fuel in the same close space, be sure that it’s ventilated and that the two aren’t near one another.

6. Multi-Purpose Pallet 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 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? They’re easy to find and often free of charge.

To begin, take a pallet and smooth it out using a sander. You can leave it natural or paint it, depending on your preference. Once it’s ready to go, install it on the wall using a couple of screws. The individual boards are a natural spot to hang hammers and items with handles, but you can also use nails and clamps to hold a variety of other tools.

7.  Hose and Cord Organizers

how to organize a shed: Hose and Cord Organizers

how to organize a shed: Hose and Cord Organizers
Image via Hulya Kolabas

If you’re planning how to organize a shed, the last thing you need is a headache from all the tangled cords and hoses taking up space on the floor. Using hooks, shelving units or even PVC pipe to organize your cords and hoses will help you to stay organized.

The key here is making sure the hook you have is securely fastened to the wall of your shed. Hose hooks run as cheap as $5-10 from your local hardware store.

Your shed doesn’t have to be perfect. However, no matter its dimensions, it should be a functional space. Think you’ve figured out how to organize a shed? With a few quick and easy additions, you’ll be able to rid the clutter, maximize your space, and find exactly what you need in no time.

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About the Author

Lauren Thomann

Lauren Thomann is a moving and storage expert. She attended the University at Buffalo and has worked in the storage industry for over five years. Here on the Life Storage blog, you can find Lauren covering everything from finding a home, settling into a new home and all the stages in between.

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