Hi, there! Tom here with the answer to one of the most asked questions I get whenever I wander into the local hardware store which is how to organize your outdoor shed. Oddly enough, people come to me looking for advice for some reason and well, to be honest with you, I sort of figured it out on my own.
There was no real guideline available when I decided it was time to give my complete outdoor shed an overhaul. That was when I thought it would also be a pretty logical way to approach any kind of organizational plans I had at the time.
5 Steps To An Organized Outdoor Storage Shed
So, here is how I did it. There’s no real right or wrong way to tackle such a task. However, I do think that if you follow the steps I provide here, you’ll find the job a little easier and a whole lot less frustrating. In other words, do it correctly the first time and you won’t miss any football next weekend because you have to reorganize your outdoor shed again.
1. Empty Your Outdoor Shed
I know, that may sound like the biggest part of the entire process. It does depend on two factors. First, the size of your shed. Second, how much stuff you have jammed inside it and how to get it out of there. You may need the help of a 2 Wheel Dolly to safely move it all out. But here’s why you will find it makes sense to empty your shed before you do anything else. When you pull everything out, you can see some things that have possibly been buried under other things. Some stuff will be instantly identified as destined for the garbage dump and you may also discover that you already own three of those do-dads you just replaced the other day.
2. Put All Your Tools Into Categories
With your shed now empty and your entire yard covered in whatever was stuffed inside your shed, it is time to pull out the tools. When doing this, be sure to put them in very obvious sections for future reference. For example, I have my tools in a few different categories. I have Lawn Tools, Garden Tools, Power Tools, Hand Tools, Auto Tools and Sports Equipment. You may find, just like I did, that some tools will fall under more than one category. That’s how I was able to separate duplicate tools.
3. Give Your Outdoor Shed A Massive Cleaning
While your yard is still covered in the stuff that came out of your outdoor shed, give that shed a thorough cleaning. This means everything from sweeping to dusting and washing of all surfaces inside and out. Be sure to use mild detergents when you are using soap for cleaning purposes. If possible, use a garden hose to rinse off surfaces. You’ll be able to do this on the outer surfaces at the very least. Dispose of any old oily or greasy rags that you locate during the process and let all surfaces dry properly before you proceed.
4. Add/Repair Shelves, Storage Cabinets And Hangers
With an empty storage shed you can get a better idea of the space you have to work with. This is also the time to add additional storage solutions and to repair any that are broken or falling apart. I am a fan of pegboards so I usually like to have at least one wall covered in it with hooks and hangers to hold specific items. I also like to have storage cabinets underneath a workbench. If you have not done so, try to add overhead light fixtures to your shed design as well at this part of the organizing process.
5. Put Things In Their Place And Label Everything
This is the final step in to be down to organize your outdoor shed properly. Be sure to put the items covering your yard in sensible places back inside your shed. Don’t forget to label such things as drawers and cabinet doors to easily identify what is inside of them. You can also colour code items to make putting them away easier in the future. I have all my gardening tools marked with a small wrap of green tape on each handle so I know they all belong together.
Don’t Make It A Bigger Job Than It Is
Finally, keep in mind that you are organizing your outdoor shed to make finding tools and items easy for you and anyone else with access to your stash. Don’t look at it as a painful chore, because it really shouldn’t be. Think of it as making it simple when you are looking for a hammer. I hope my suggestions have been helpful to you and you learnt a few tips to organize your outdoor shed better. Good luck!