Not sure how to organise a shed? You shouldn’t underestimate the importance of correctly storing your gardening equipment. Luckily, we’ve got you sorted with 11 ingenious shed organisation ideas that’ll help you find your favourite tools within seconds.
1. Hang your tools
Hanging tools will help you to utilise the wall space in your shed. There are a variety of ways to hang tools, including using hooks, pegs, or bungee cords. Simply stretch your bungee cord horizontally across the wall, and you’ll be able to easily slot tools in. This is ideal for larger equipment like shovels, rakes, and hoes. Just make sure there’s enough tension in the cord and your tools will be securely held up.
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2. Organise bits and pieces
If you frequently find yourself rifling through drawers trying to find things, consider some drawer organisers. Although you can buy them for cheap, it’s also pretty easy to install a DIY storage system to keep your drawers organised. Use leftover strips of card or wood to create makeshift compartments within the drawer, or repurpose small trays and containers. Whatever you use, compartmentalising your drawer will make it much easier to find whatever you need, minus the stress.
3. Repurpose old furniture
If you’re storing old bookshelves or chests, why not repurpose them for shed storage? Pretty much any storage furniture can be utilised in a shed – you might already have something that you didn’t think to use. A quick sand and varnish can make any wooden shelving fit for purpose, and will make a stylish, cost-free addition to your shed.
Don’t just limit yourself to premade furniture – leftover pallets can be used for storage too. By standing them upright against walls, you can hang tools on pallets to save space and money. If you don’t have any lying around, there’s usually plenty of people giving them away for free.
4. Hang things on doors
Doors can serve as much more than just the entrance to your shed. Consider hanging tools and equipment on the inside of your door to make the most of every inch of space. Over the door hooks are ideal for this, or you can also create your own shelves and add hooks to hang things from. Stick to less bulky items for this, as larger tools will make it difficult to move past the door.
5. Use jars for screws and nails
Any shed is probably filled with screws and nails of all shapes and sizes. To keep them organised, jars or cans are a great addition to your shelving units. Not to mention, you can also repurpose old food containers for this purpose.
Group nails and screws by size and shape, so you’ll always be able to find the perfect fastener for your project. This goes for any other small bits and bobs which might easily get mixed up or lost.
6. Group things together
It doesn’t make sense to keep your things scattered around the place, and this will only make things more confusing. By grouping different items together, you’ll always know where to look for whatever it is you need. Keep power tools together, and gardening tools in a separate place. You can define your own categories – just make sure you’re consistent in how your tools are grouped, e.g., by purpose, size, etc.
7. Have good lighting
There’s not much point spending hours organising your shed if you can’t see your tools. Good lighting is essential for making any space feel organised and clean. Although you should be making use of all the space in your shed, ensure that windows are left clear. This is important as it’ll let plenty of natural light in, making it easier to see in your shed. If you don’t have the largest windows, consider some good quality LED lights to brighten up your shed some more.
8. Hang things from the ceiling
If your floor space is getting full, don’t forget that you have the same amount of space on your ceiling. We’re not suggesting you fix your furniture to the ceiling, but it can be a good use of space. If there are things you don’t use often, consider hanging them from the ceiling to keep them out of the way.
It’s very important that anything hanging from the ceiling is fixed securely. Bungee cords are incredibly durable and are great for tying things up. A standard bungee cord will do the job for most equipment, but if you want to hang individual items, try a hook loop for a handy alternative.
9. Use the underside of shelves
It can be tempting to pack everything you can on top of a full shelf – but why not utilise the space underneath? A helpful hack is to super glue mason jar lids to the underside of your shelves. This way, you can store small items in jars under your shelves to create some extra space. All you’ll need to do is unscrew the bottom of your jar each time you want to grab something, then screw it back on when you’re done.
10. Organise seed packets
If you’re a keen gardener, you might find seed packets building up around your shed. Keeping these organised will help to reduce clutter and make them much easier to find – and there are many ways to do so.
A simple way to keep seeds together is by using a file or folder. Any folder will do, but lots of people find that photo albums can be ideal for storing seed packets. Small compartments are ideal for storing your seed packets and keeping them compactly stored. If you prefer a more decorative approach, try hanging your seed packets with pegs and string to have them up on display. This also makes them easy to grab straight from your wall.
11. Wrap up cords and hoses
Loose cords and hoses are a trip hazard and make garden sheds feel more disorganised. Keep pesky cords out of the way by wrapping them up or tying them together. You can use bungee cords to wrap up your hose or any other wires and keep them securely out of the way. Don’t forget to keep any spare bungee cords organised too – you can use the same method for this. Aside from tying up loose cords, bungee cords can also be used in many ingenious ways for peak organisation.
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