Outdoor shed with lawn and garden tools inside

Outdoor Shed Organization & Storage Ideas to Help You Declutter

Tired of stumbling over lawn tools and equipment in your shed? Because they house a range of gardening, home improvement, and landscaping items, outdoor storage sheds can easily get cluttered. Check out these handy shed organization tips and storage ideas that can help you clean up this outdoor space!

Add Floating Shelves

Make use of all available wall space in your shed with easy-to-install floating shelves. These shelves don’t just add more space to your shed. They also make it look larger!

Install Adjustable Shelving

Adding adjustable shelves to your walls is a great shed organization idea. This will allow you to create more storage space by moving shelves to accommodate items of different sizes.

Use Free-Standing Metal Shelving

Shelving units are a must for any shed organization project. Free-standing metal shelving is excellent for storing tubs and bins, and the shelves can shifted around whenever you need to reorganize. Not only are these metal shelves durable, but they also have grated bottoms to prevent dirt and debris from collecting!

Stack Wooden Crates for Storage

Wooden crates are an affordable shed storage DIY hack that provides more storage space with a rustic touch. Grab a few at a thrift shop and stack them as needed throughout the shed!

Repurpose Bookshelves

Putting a simple bookshelf in your shed is a great way to store gardening items, small tool boxes, or vases you’re not using, and it doesn’t have to look drab! Decorate the back of small bookcases or cabinets with stick on wallpaper to add a pop of color to your space.

Keep Tools in Plastic Tubs

Storage containers are perfect for storing hardware, cords, cables, tools, and other random items. Be sure to use labels so you can quickly find what you need without having to dig through each tub.

Use a Tool Hanger for Long-Handled Items

Instead of letting lawn tools sit in the corner, hang them up on a wall. Tool hangers can be used to keep rakes and brooms from cluttering floor space, and they take almost no time to install! For an easy DIY hack, use leftover PVC piping to make your own tool holder.

Store Nails & Screws in Jars

This simple tool shed organization hack keeps nails, screws, and other hardware all together in one convenient spot. And if you want to save even more space, hang them up! Use two screws to secure the lid to the underside of a wooden shelf, and simply twist the jar on and off for quick access!

Keep Screwdrivers Handy in a Storage Rack

Do you have a ton of screwdrivers or chisels in your shed? Screwdriver racks are a good way to store all of your small tools in one spot. We love this easy DIY guide from HGTV for how to make your own wall-mounted screwdriver rack.

Utilize Tool Drawer Organizers

Keep your toolboxes and drawers tidy with handy plastic compartments. Tool organizers come in all sizes and can hold tape measures, screwdrivers, pliers, paint brushes, zip ties, and other small items.

Turn a Wood Pallet into a Garden Tool Holder

Not only are wooden pallets cheap, but they’re also a great way to make organizing your shed painless! Turn a simple pallet into a handy garden tool holder for rakes, shovels, hoes, and more! You can even learn how to make your own garden tool pallet holder from Garden Season.

Use Magnetic Strips for Storing Metal Tools

Magnetic strips aren’t just for kitchen knives! They’re perfect for storing tools like trowels and pliers in your shed, and they save you from having to rifle through any drawers.

Keep Paint Brushes in Mason Jars

Mason jars are great for storing paint brushes and other painting tools. If your shed doubles as an art studio, this is an excellent idea for ensuring all of your art materials stay neatly organized.

Put Up a Power Tool Storage Rack

It’s important to properly store and protect power tools in your shed. A power tool storage rack is a good way to keep drills off of the floor and ensure your shed stays organized. Feeling crafty? We love this DIY hack for making a power tool holder from a wooden pallet!

Go with Utility Hooks on Walls

Sturdy hooks make it simple to hang items like tailgate chairs, tents, and sporting equipment, keeping them from cluttering up workbenches, floors, or corners in your storage shed.

Hang Lawn Equipment on a Slat Wall

A shed wall organizer with slat panels is ideal for storing power tools, ladders, and garden hoses in one convenient spot. Hooks and basket holders can be placed into the wall to hold items of any size!

Install a Pegboard Tool Organizer

A pegboard tool organizer wall makes organizing your shed simple. Just add the board to the wall, place hooks in the holes, and you can store tools in one easy-to-access spot!

Use Shed Doors for Hanging Storage

Keep the walls and floors clear in your shed by using the backs of the shed doors for storage. Wicker baskets, storage cubes, and hooks are all great options to add to doors for extra space!

Turn a Metal Bucket into a Garden Hose Holder

A hose that’s not stored properly can be a hazard for anyone entering a shed. This handy DIY garden hose holder only requires a metal bucket and some screws, and it will keep your garden hose free from knots and off of the floor. And depending on the size of the bucket, you can even store sprinkler heads inside!

Don’t Forget Vertical Storage

If your shed ceiling is tall enough, install overhead storage shelves or utility hooks to keep your shed floors clear. We love this DIY idea from The Family Handyman on how to install sliding ceiling storage for totes.

Store Sanding Disks in Homemade Wall Pockets

Not sure where to keep your sanding materials in your shed? Prevent damage to sandpaper, sanding disks, and other paper products by storing them in DIY paper plate wall pockets.

Create a Workbench with Rolling Storage Carts

If you use your shed as a studio or craft space, create a work desk by using a long board and two rolling carts or stationary cabinets. You’ll have a suitable space for projects, while also creating extra space with the carts.

Craft a Portable Gardening Tote

Are you an avid gardener? Save time on trips to and from your outdoor shed with a handy garden tote! A small shower tote, vintage milk carrier, or wicker basket can be used to hold seeds, trowels, gloves, and other gardening items. Looking for a woodworking project? Learn how to make your own garden tote from This Old House.

Put Up a Chalkboard for Notes

Hang a handy chalkboard on your shed door to post reminders and dates for planting your garden! Bonus points if it has a little shelf below for additional outdoor shed storage!

Hang Up Your Wheelbarrow

Not sure what to do with your awkward wheelbarrow? A great tool shed organization idea is to go vertical to keep it off of the floor. Check out these helpful tips for hanging up a wheelbarrow!

Store Seeds in a Photo Album

Keep seed packets organized in your shed by placing them in a photo album that can be stored in any drawer or container. You’ll be able to find what you’re looking for with ease!

Make a Decorative Display with Old Garden Tools

Can’t bear to part with an old, unusable set of gardening tools? Keep them out of the way but still on display with a repurposed metal grate. You can also use a standing or hanging coat rack to hold tools.

Now that you’ve mastered these outdoor shed organization and storage tips, it’s time to move your decluttering skills to the garage. Check out our guide for organizing a garage!

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