Garden Tool Shed Organization Help Needed

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Desperate Gardener Seeks Help Whipping Shed Into Shape

Garden tool shed-before

What would be the best way to organize this shed?

When we moved here late last fall, we pretty much threw all the garden tools and equipment in the shed and turned our attention to arranging the inside of the house. Now that mud season is here and spring will soon arrive in earnest, I need to whip the garden shed into shape.

Do you have a favorite organizing system? Rubbermaid? Closet Maid? Homemade? Anything you’ve re-purposed to keep things tidy, like small hand tools in a shoe organizer or gloves hanging from a clothesline? Any tips for keeping things neat without spending a fortune? I’d love to hear your ideas and your hard-won experience. Send help soon!

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Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

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Pat Haywood March 25, 2012, 2:40 pm

You can also build a narrow work/potting bench along part of one side wall for projects and build a shelf underneath for pots and amendments. I wish I had all that space to work with!

Pat Haywoos March 25, 2012, 2:35 pm

If you are a visual person, when it comes to finding things, then pegboard is one of the best ways to go. After realizing I am more visual (learner as well), the more I can see the more easily I can quickly find what I want. I don’t do well with putting things in bins, even if they are clear, as the items don;t seem to find their way back in the bins. However if everything has a place on the pegboard, it is easier to hang it back up quickly. Seeing you have overhead supports, you can utilize that space also by using large hooks, or suspended racks for items not used too frequently. Have fun with it!

Joelle Glas March 15, 2012, 7:08 pm

To hang shovels, spades and rakes, put some really large nails in a long bit of hardwood, in sets spaced about two inches apart, for your tools to hang upside down supported by the nails. Attach the long bit of hardwood on a pleasant height on your shed wall. Works well!

Donalyn March 12, 2012, 12:38 pm

We use a variety of things, mostly put together from what we have on hand. Clear bins are a must though, so you can see what is inside. Our shed is small, so ultimately there is some “getting it all in there so the door will shut” involved, but we try to organize it at least in the spring and fall. Yours looks spacious enough for just about anything you want to do in there.

Bev Carney March 12, 2012, 7:34 am

We have a large building which we use for garden tool storage among other things. My hubby built me a sturdy set of shelves using 4 x 8 OCR boards as the shelves. I have 4 shelves, each 16 feet long and 4 feet deep. Their height varies so a variety of items can be stored. It provides loads of space. Unless they have changed pegboard so the hooks don’t fall out, I’m not a fan. Instead I have nails and hooks hanging on the vertical wood supports of the shelving units and use them to hang smaller tools. I also got one of those larger plastic drawer storage units and store extra hand tools as well as my drip watering system hookups and bits and bobs.

For shovels and the like I also prefer nails. Two nails wide enough to support the shovel blade. Luckily I have a whole wall of wood, but you could probably use add a sturdy board between some of the vertical building supports you have and use that for holding tools. Cheap and sturdy.

Flâneur Gardener March 12, 2012, 1:04 am

Wow, that’s a great size shed you’ve got there! Personally I fully intend to ignore my shed-cum-workshop, at least for the time being, so I have absolutely no helpful advise.

Mary Schier March 11, 2012, 10:49 pm

I agree with the other commenters. Pegboard is fantastic for storing tools in the garage or shed.

Gail March 11, 2012, 10:07 pm

Peg board is what I use for hanging tools~

Susie's Homemade March 11, 2012, 9:17 pm

I am a peg board girl myself:-)

Carol March 11, 2012, 8:52 pm

I have a wall of pegboard in my garage and all my tools are hanging from it. I like it. It isn’t that costly (compared to those really fancy organizing systems). I also have shelves. I did figure out that one of the keys to putting stuff in plastic bins is to use clear bins so you can see what is inside of them and to label them, too. Good luck!

Kate March 11, 2012, 8:23 pm

Go to Pinterest.com, the virtual pin board, and type in “tool shed”. All kinds of ideas people have gathered from around the internet world come up.

Kathy Purdy March 11, 2012, 8:33 pm

Oh, good idea. I am registered on Pinterest, but haven’t been on much.