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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

floating shelves installed in a garden shed photo by Instagram user @lavenderandlemonbalm
Photo via @lavenderandlemonbalm

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

adjustable shelving in a shed for hanging tools photo by Instagram user @thecontainerstore
Photo via @thecontainerstore

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

wire shelving with wheels and garden gear on it photo by Instagram user @trinityinternational
Photo via @trinityinternational

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!

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Stack Wooden Crates for Storage

wooden crates stacked on shelves photo by Instagram user @scott_schrapel
Photo via @scott_schrapel

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

old bookshelves holding many outdoor tools photo by Instagram user @newallotmenteer
Photo via @newallotmenteer

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

plastic storage bins holding garden tools on shelves photo by Instagram user @justbethmn
Photo via @justbethmn

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

large gardening tools holding long handled tools photo by Instagram user @tailoredlivingmadison
Photo via @tailoredlivingmadison

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

old jars holding extra nails and screws photo by Instagram user @_tominternet_
Photo via @_tominternet_

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

screw driver holder attached to shed wall photo by Instagram user @adadandhiskids
Photo via @adadandhiskids

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

drawer organizer for tools photo by Instagram user @ecomodernconcierge
Photo via @ecomodernconcierge

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

old wooden pallet with garden tools stored within it
Photo via @inspire.furniture

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 strip holding extra metal tools photo by Instagram user @cowdogcraftworks
Photo via @cowdogcraftworks

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

extra paint brushes being stored in old mason jars photo by Instagram user @silverpebble2
Photo via @silverpebble2

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

power tools stored inside of a handmade tool holder photo by Instagram user @mynextprojects
Photo via @mynextprojects

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

bikes being hung on strong hooks in shed photo by Instagram user @thebikehanger
Photo via @thebikehanger

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

outdoor tools being hung on a slat wall photo by Instagram user @alderman_co
Photo via @alderman_co

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

gardening tools hung on hooks attached to peg board photo by Instagram user @greydock
Photo via @greydock

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

garden shed neatly organized with tools on the doors and walls photo by Instagram user @northkildonanrealtor
Photo via @northkildonanrealtor

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

large metal planter used as a hose holder photo by Instagram user @good_directions
Photo via @good_directions

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

overhead storage racks hanging from the ceiling photo by Instagram user @newageproductsinc
Photo via @newageproductsinc

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

pans cut in half and used as sand paper discs photo by Instagram user @familyhandyman
Photo via @familyhandyman

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

white workbench in shed with rolling storage tool chests photo by Instagram user @tuffshed
Photo via @tuffshed

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

small wooden gardening tote photo by Instagram user @jaimecostiglio
Photo via @jaimecostiglio

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.

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Put Up a Chalkboard for Notes

large chalkboard hung on the fence outside small garden shed photo by Instagram user @ourfirsthome54
Photo via @ourfirsthome54

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

wheelbarrow hung up on shed wall next to pallet wall with tools photo by Instagram user @heatskymakershop
Photo via @heatskymakershop

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

work station organizing vegetable seeds in photo album photo by Instagram user @organicallygrowing
Photo via @organicallygrowing

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

old gardening tools used as decorations photo by Instagram user @cottagesandbungalows
Photo via @cottagesandbungalows

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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