How to Effectively Organize Your Outside Shed

How to Effectively Organize Your Outside Shed

Sheds are great for protecting your items from the outside elements, but sometimes they can get cluttered and be a lot to deal with if not effectively organized. It can seem like an impossible task. There are so many tools, holiday decorations, and little bits and baubles. How could you possibly organize all of it? However, organization doesn’t have to be a time-consuming effort. It doesn’t even have to be expensive.

Organizing your shed can really help you in the long run too. How many times have you been asked to pull out last year’s Christmas decorations only to not be able to find them? You may have spent an hour looking for them in your shed and then remembered that they weren’t even in your shed to start with. They were in the attic all along.

Keep in mind that before you can organize your shed you need to have the right shed. Not all sheds are created equal. Some people just need a small backyard shed while other need a professional commercial grade shed to store their things.

An effective organization can spare you from these woes and also make sure your tools last longer because they’ll always have a protected space to stay. Below, are some helpful organization tips that’ll turn your shed into a perfectly organized space. 

Evaluate Your Items

Realistically, not all of your items may fit in your shed, so it’s important to evaluate what things you need to store in your shed and what things could find a home in your attic. Things that you probably want to store in your shed first are power tools, paint, chemicals, hoses, and extension cords.

If you have the room, things like decorations and random clutter could be consolidated into plastic bins and stacked on one another to get them off the floor of your shed. You may even be able to make shelves out of reclaimed wood to place the bins on if you’re looking for a cleaner look. 

Consider the Items You Use the Most

Because you’ll be using some items more frequently, your efficiency needs to have them close by. Keep items that you often use out in the open and easily accessible so you won’t spend a bunch of time searching for them in storage bins. Things like garden tools that are more resilient against the weather can be stored right next to the door or even on the outside of your shed on a homemade rack for better accessibility.

Evaluate Your Shed 

You may be thinking there’s no way your shed can store all of the things you need it to. But if you take the time to evaluate how much room you have, you’ll see you can fit more than you think while still keeping things organized.  

You must view every surface as a space that something could be. Sure, there’s space on the floor, but you also have to think about vertical space in the air. It’ll take some creativity, but it will be well worth it in the end. Walls, in particular, are great places to hold shelves or tool racks to get your things off the floor. Also, you could invest in a pegboard and place it on one of your walls to effectively store dozens of tools. You may even be able to create a little attic in your shed by placing some plywood on your shed’s cross beams. The possibilities are endless! 

If you take into account all of these steps, you’ll be organized in no time. You’ll be patting yourself on the back with all of the time you save too!

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