Storage sheds are great. However, they can quickly become a cluttered mess, just like any room in your home. When it comes to organizing your shed, think of it as a big outdoor closet and take the same approach to declutter and organizing it. Here are some tips to make the most of your DIY storage shed.
Plan your DIY storage shed area.
If you’ll be storing large items like lawnmowers, garden wagons, ATVs, etc., you’ll need to be able to maneuver these items in and out of your storage shed easily. Make sure you take into account how much floor space these items will need. Don’t forget to factor in ample walking space needed to move around them. Make sure to have a high-quality dust mop on deck to freshen up any neglected storage items.
Buy or make shelving units.
Add shelving units into your shed to get more vertical storage. There are adjustable shelving units you can get, like for closets, that you can use in your outdoor storage shed. This is where you can store planters and other gardening tools. Get creative with these shelving units and add drawers to your storage unit or tables to make the most out of what you want to get from your DIY storage shed.
Hang small items on the wall.
Look at the items that you have. Sort and group them into categories such as garden tools, repair tools, and other tools. Delegate a section of the wall for each type of tool. Use hooks to hang your tools on the wall. This makes them easy to see and reach, which saves you from digging through a drawer or box to find the one you want to use. Don’t forget to hang the cords too. Extension cords can take up a lot of room if you don’t wind or wrap them up correctly. Hang power cords next to the matching tool when possible.
Use labeled containers.
You just can’t have enough containers in your shed. However, if you buy them all, it can get expensive. But, no one said you had to buy them all. Repurpose heavy plastic coffee containers that have a screw-on top. Scrub off the brand name or use something like contact paper to cover it up and relabel. This is great for tiny items like nuts, bolts, nails, and more. Make sure you label containers with a waterproof marker. Write big so the words can be seen from the middle of the shed.
Don’t forget the shed door.
The door can be a great place to add square footage in your shed. Add hooks onto a shelf to hold light but tall items such as a broom, rake, shovel, or weed-eater extensions. The key here is to make sure you only add light items. You don’t want the weight of the items to warp the door, causing it to drag and leak.
Storage sheds can be a great solution if you have large or seasonal items that you can’t or don’t want to store in the house or garage. However, unless you maximize your shed space, you may find that there isn’t room for the important items. Use these DIY storage shed tips to make the most of your storage shed.