Just as you want your home to be both attractive and functional, your garden shed can be both organized and a place of beauty. You probably spend a good portion of your spring cleaning time de-cluttering your living space, but why not allot some time to getting your gardening clutter under control as well? Whether you're seeking a full transformation or just a little less chaos, you can follow these tips below to improve your garden shed.
1. Toss What You Don't Need
Start by clearing the shed of any expired or broken items (old chemicals, dead plants, broken tools, etc.). Once you have an idea of what you’re working with, you have many options for getting clutter off the floor and into a more practical and space-saving location.
2. Get Clutter off the Ground
Unlike organizing your home, you have much less space to work with in a shed. Rather than cover the shed’s floor or fill up your workbench with all your tools and gardening materials, you’ll find that there are numerous options to keep clutter off the floor. Look to your walls for extra storage space.
Hang up your tools using hooks, pegs, broom clips, magnetic strips, or a simple pegboard.
Hooks or pegs that can be latched onto a pegboard can be a versatile combination when used together, allowing for numerous configurations.
Broom clips are great for more than just brooms; they can easily be used for shovels, rakes, and other gardening tools with long handles.
Magnetic strips are useful for quick grab-and-go storage of smaller tools, including gardening shears, trowels, and other hand tools.
Installing shelving is another good way to bring order to an otherwise messy shed. Small shelves can also be used with a pegboard. They are easy to reconfigure as needed, and don’t require much skill to install. However, keep in mind that they should not be used for heavier items.
For more substantial shelving, either use a more standard approach, or consider wrap-around shelves if you have a lot of planters, fertilizer bags, mulch bags, etc.
3. Repurpose Old Furniture
If you have an old dresser or wardrobe taking up space in your garage (and it’s not exactly an heirloom), you may want to consider repurposing it for your garden shed. You can use it to store seeds, fertilizer, tools, or any number of items. For additional utility, consider adding dividers.
Tables can also be easily upcycled for use in your shed, especially for use as a workbench where you can paint unique planters.
If you have access an old index card catalog or Rolodex, consider repurposing it to organize seeds and other small items.
4. Plan for Seasonal Garden Work
You can organize your shed while planning for seasonal garden work, simultaneously managing the contents of your shed and raising the efficiency of your work throughout the year.
Try adding a chalkboard or whiteboard to your shed and include a calendar with seasonal dates and notes; this will keep your gardening schedule right where you can see it.
Organize seeds according to months using a tackle box or other organizer with compartment.
You may also want to consider storing or “archiving” items that won’t be used for every season, keeping more timely supplies in the front. Other unseasonable items can be placed in a less conspicuous (but accessible) place, either in a far corner or in storage outside the shed.
5. Create a Practical Workspace
If you use your garden shed for more than just storage, it’s important to maintain a large, open workspace, with minimal clutter.
If you have a workbench, prioritize what you keep in this area according to common use, and if possible, store tools and supplies only above or below your workspace. As mentioned above, wall storage is especially useful, as is the addition of hooks or magnetic strips on the sides of the bench. If you already have shelving below, consider adding sliding surfaces as well, for easy access.