25 Organization Ideas That Will Make You Love Your Shed Again

With a little creativity and these clever storage solutions, your shed can rival any room in the house for organization.

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April 01, 2020
By: Carrie Hamblin and Maggie Tharp

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Clever Storage

Storing hoses on a shed floor can quickly clutter the space and set you up for accidents. Instead, wrap them around metal tubs attached to the shed wall for a solution that’s simple, effective and attractive. Use smaller metal buckets in the same way to store extension cords.

Outdoor Organizer

The exterior of the shed is a great and easily accessible place for additional storage. Choose a cute, birdhouse-style cabinet like this one to house smaller garden equipment and add sweet style to the outside.

Chic Screwdriver Rack

Keep screwdrivers stylishly organized and in reach by dipping the ends in plastic coating and displaying on this DIY storage rack.

Make It: How to Make a Wall-Mounted Screwdriver Rack

Put Doors to Good Use

If you're short on shed wall space, use the doors of the shed to install hooks for holding sports equipment, tools, extension cords or other hangable items.

Stylish Shelving

Outdoor shelving doesn’t have to look utilitarian. Bright white and natural wood shelves add a rustic touch to this shed while also creating plenty of space to store gardening equipment and outdoor supplies.

DIY Tape Dispenser

Use supplies you already have in your shed to create a simple dispenser to keep your tape organized and ensure a roll never gets misplaced again. An old hacksaw blade makes the perfect cutting edge for sturdy tape.

Make it: Make a Wall-Mounted Tape Dispenser

Bucket List

When allowed to roam free, balls and toys can quickly take over a shed. Inexpensive buckets hung on the wall using screw hooks allow organizing to be a breeze. Plus, the temporary mounting allows the entire bucket to be taken down as needed.

Think Outside the Shed

There is no reason to use precious interior space for large items that are frequently used and made to live outside. Lightweight kayaks and paddleboards are excellent candidates for exterior wall mounting.

Paint Supply Storage Solved

Scrap wood and a few small plumbing straps are all you need to keep your painting supplies in one organized place.

Pegboard Wall

Pegboard is endlessly useful for organization. Install a wall of pegboard and use hooks to attach a storage basket to keep your most frequently used tools easily accessible.

See More Photos: 13 Creative Ways to Use Pegboard

Get Creative With Crates

Durable and adaptable, wooden crates are the panacea of shed storage. Mount several on the wall above your shed workbench to create attractive open storage and a pretty display. Or, stack a few crates on top of an inexpensive furniture dolly for a moveable workspace.

Make it: Create Rustic Outdoor Storage with Wooden Crates

Harness the Power

Powered lawn tools can be a pain to store because they are inconveniently shaped and weighted. Trimmers and edgers are easily tamed with strategically slotted shelving.

Make it: Easy Woodworking Project: Build Storage Shelves for the Garage

Pipe Dreams

Sturdy and stylish, plumbing pipe and fittings offer endless construction possibilities for DIY hooks and racks in the shed. Use galvanized iron for an industrial look or copper for a little more refinement.

Filing Cabinet Tool Bin

An old filing cabinet can easily be turned into a tool holder by flipping it on its back and adding casters to the bottom. Kick up the usefulness factor another notch by attaching a pegboard to one side to hold small items.

Clothespin Glove Holder

If you’re constantly losing your gloves, create this shabby-chic hanging organizer to keep them pinned in place. Bonus: Because this project hangs on the wall, it doesn’t clutter up your shed floor.

Take the High Road

When it comes to storing bicycles, our go-to scenario is usually an awkward lean against another item. Resist the urge to stash-and-dash with strategically placed hooks on the shed walls or ceiling. This foolproof solution makes storage a breeze and frees up valuable floor real estate.

Parking Spaces

Remove the bottom section of a shelving unit to store lawnmowers or wheelbarrows to keep them conveniently tucked away and out of your path. This strategy works great for kids' tricycles and wagons, too.

Magnetic Catchall

For all those little items that tend to get lost in your shed, install magnetic strips to keep them organized and in a location where they’re easy to access. This organization staple is great for holding paintbrushes and other metal tools. For smaller items like pencils, attach soup cans for an instant catchall.

Ceiling Solutions

If your shed offers more vertical space than horizontal, this hack uses a few strategically placed 2x4s and lightweight plastic storage boxes to provide a simple and easy way to store camping supplies and seasonal decor.

Make it: How to Install Ceiling Storage in a Garage

Golf Bag Tool Organizer

For a ready-made tool storage option, repurpose a golf bag to hold rakes, trowels, garden gloves and more. The durability and upright shape of the bag can accommodate several long-handled tools, and the handy pockets can hold smaller odds and ends.

Clean Cabinets

Reclaimed storage lockers, cabinets and bureaus are the perfect shed solution to protect camping and beach gear from moisture and garden debris.

Tamed Twine

A coffee can with a slot cut in the top makes the ideal twine dispenser. A single screw through the bottom easily mounts the can on the wall to free up valuable shelf space.

Recycled Pallet Garden Tool Rack

What can’t you use pallets for? With a little elbow grease and paint in your favorite color, you can turn pallets into an ultra-functional garden tool holder.

Make It: Turn a Wooden Pallet Into a Garden-Tool Rack

Closet Rod Rescue

If your shed ceiling isn't finished, closet dowels and hanging straps make the most of the unused area between exposed joists. This out-of-the-way spot is perfect for landscaping fabric rolls, umbrellas and camping chairs — all those lightweight items that typically clutter our corners. The dowel's exposed end also provides a place to hang the extension cord.

Recycle in Style

Are your recycling bins taking up valuable space inside your house? Move them outside (or to the shed) with a handy recycling center you can make yourself.

Make It: How to Build an Outdoor Recycling Center

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