A well-organized tool shed can save you time, energy, and money. With everything in its place, you won't have to spend hours looking for a pair of garden shears or replace the pair of gloves you thought you lost, only to find them a few days later hiding in a pot. Reduce your clutter, reduce your stress, and get back to the Zen of your garden.
Help for Hoses
If you've ever tripped on a coiled-up hose, you know what a pain they can be. Make your garden hose easy to find and get it out from underfoot by wrapping it on a hook. Select large hooks with a steep angle to help hold the hose in place.
Keep Hand Tools Handy
Long-handled tools are best stored where they're out of the way but still accessible. Attaching a sturdy tool hanger to the inside of your shed's door frees up the walls for shelves and a potting bench.
Invest in Shelves
In tight quarters where there's never quite enough light, open metal shelving that lets the sun filter through is an ideal choice. Adjustable shelves give flexibility to match shelf height to tools.
Kill the Clutter
Having a great set of shelves doesn't do much good if your stuff just ends up piled up on them. Take the organization one step farther by using plastic or metal bins to stash your stuff.
Make Magnetic Magic
Mechanics have long taken advantage of magnetic bars to hold and organize their tools. The strips work just as well for metal garden gear such as pruning shears and trowels. Choose a bar with a magnet strong enough to hold the weight of your tools and you'll always have them within reach.
Add a Potting Bench
Tidy up your shed and look for room for a potting bench. That way you can plant or repot your favorite container plants even when it's raining. And it keeps your bags of potting mix dry.
Take Care of Business
Keep a calendar of landscaping activities and you won't have to guess when you last fertilized the lawn or planted seeds. Getting a magnetic calendar means having a convenient place to secure plant tags, seed packets, and small parts with magnetic holders.
Make it Easy When You're on the Run
A simple wicker basket suspended from a shed door is a receptacle for frequently used small garden gear, such as shears, trowels, garden gloves, and a favorite reference book. It's quick and easy to grab what you need and get to work.
Harvest More Space
Old bushel baskets are just the right size for holding mulch, birdseed, or potting mix underneath a potting bench. You can usually find the baskets at a very low price at flea markets, but just about any sort of basket or bin will do the job.
Get a Garden Carryall
A metal garden caddy is the perfect place to store seed-starting supplies and will have a longer lifespan than wood or cloth. Canning jars hold row markers, pens, and clippers. Peat pots, fertilizer, and hand tools have a place in each caddy compartment. Krylon Chalky Finish Paint provides an opportunity to give your garden carryall some personality
Make it Easy on Yourself
Make storing anything with wheels an easier ride by using a portable ramp to get in and out. This one was easy -- just a couple of scrap 2x4s and a piece of 1/2-inch plywood combine to create a ramp high enough to wheel things right in the shed and small enough to store easily when not in use.
Add a Sink
This outdoor, no-plumbing-required sink allows for easy tool clean-up (no more hauling out to the hose or into the house!) and quick watering of potted plants. It attaches to your garden hose in mere minutes, and then voila!
All In Order
All garden sheds need a wall of shelves as they play an important role in keeping your space clean and tidy. To make your unit work best for you, organize your tools in order of what you use most. Store everyday items on the middle shelves within reach and seasonal up top or down below.
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