Organize Your Tool Shed and Get Ready for Spring Gardening
The days are growing longer and the nights warmer. The leaves are budding on the trees and the birds are fluttering about looking for a nesting spot. Spring is setting in and it’s time to think about planting your garden. Once you open that messy tool shed though, you might decide to give up before you even start! Read through these steps to help you organize your tool storage space and get ready for spring gardening fun.
Step 1: Empty out the shed.
If your tool shed is particularly cluttered, you may have to start by pulling everything out of it so you have space to work. Once all items are out in the open, you can inventory what you already have and what you will need this season. Craig Allen of The Home Depot’s The Apron Blog says, “Not only do you need to see what space is available, you’ll also end up tossing out all sorts of items, which will make the whole process of organizing more effective.” Set aside any pots, tools, gloves, hoses and other items that are no longer usable or need to be replaced. Check with your city or local gardening store about how you can recycle old gardening supplies in your area.
Step 2: Clean dirty storage surfaces.
With the shed empty, this is a great opportunity to wipe down shelves and sweep out cobwebs. You could even rinse down the exterior of the shed to make it really shine. Consider washing muddy gardening tools and emptying out pots. You will be much more motivated to tend to your yard this season if you have clean storage areas and tools to use.
Step 3: Group together similar items.
Before you start putting your gardening supplies back in the shed, set long-handled tools like rakes and shovels next to each other. Stack bags of potting soil on top of one another. Pile up extra sprinkler heads in one place. Create categories of items that make sense to you and will help you find what you need throughout the season. Aby Garvey of Simplify 101 calls this creating “zones,” which help when you need to find a specific item later.
Step 4: Make use of all spaces to creatively store objects.
Using the zones you created, you are now ready to start placing your tools and supplies back in the shed. Use empty pots or baskets to store handheld tools. A plastic bucket can hold gloves or packets of flower food. As you stack items, be sure to make use of vertical space. Garvey recommends arranging your shed so that items you will use often, such as the watering can and a hammock, are easily accessible. Madaline Sparks of Real Simple says, “Long-handled tools should be hung neatly on a peg rack, which will protect edges from dulling.” Allen also suggests using sturdy hooks to store “extension cords and hoses to keep them neatly coiled and out of the way.”
Now you have a tool shed that is manageable and enjoyable to use rather than intimidating and cluttered. You will be able to jump into those spring yard projects quickly and easily with the confidence that you can find what you need. And if you still need a bit more space, consider using a storage unit to keep items you don’t use often, like that fire pit you only bring out in the fall or those yard decorations you won’t need until Christmas. Happy gardening!