From the Forums: How to Organize a Shed

Posted by: on January 11th, 2013 | 7 Comments
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A storage shed that is very tidy and organized

Our Home Depot associates’ shed– organized and tidy


Home Depot associates face the same challenges keeping a storage shed or garage organized and tidy that you do at home. The associates who help run our online How-To Community Forums have a storage shed where they keep some of the tools and supplies they use to create various how-to projects you see here on the Apron blog, Home Depot Style Guide and the Forums. It had finally reached a point where organizing the shed was the project they needed to focus on most.

Chris Haygood, who posts under the handle ChrisFixit, and Kevin Dunn, who posts under the handle PaintPro, bravely volunteered to tackle the challenge.

And luckily for us, they documented the shed clean-up project, and shared with us what they learned about how to organize a shed.


A very messy, disorganized storage shed

The shed was a big mess


They break it down into a few steps.


Have an idea of:

  • What items you have to store
  • What space is available
  • How you want things organized
  • What is used frequently or seldom

That last point might be the key. If the item is something you’ll reach for often, then put it in a place that’s easy to get to. Right?


You’ll need to clean out your shed or garage, of course. That means taking everything out. Not only do you need to see what space is available, you’ll also end up tossing out all sorts of items, which will make the whole process of organizing more effective. And, as they point out, this is your chance to sort your storage shed items into categories. That will make them easier to put back into the shed.


Organizing your shed or garage:

  • Prevents repurchase of items and materials you already have
  • Makes finding items that much quicker
  • Means you’re getting the maximum usage out of the available space

Shovels, brooms, rakes, and other long-handle tools are all items we use often, so Chris and Kevin made sure those were placed in easy reach. They mounted a Smart Rack system on the wall, which makes for a great easy-access solution.

They used Handy Hooks for the extension cords and hoses to keep them neatly coiled and out of the way. Lining the back wall of the shed with pegboard made it easy for them to hang smaller tools like trowels, hammers, and drills — all within reach. This also made the workbench in the rear of the shed much more useful.

Of course, The Home Depot has everything you need to organize your shed or garage, but for goodness sake, don’t stop there! Organize your closets, too. Tame your laundry room and your kitchen. The Home Depot can help you organize just about anything.

We have more advice and project ideas from our experts. Visit the Forums for DIY tips and and gardening advice from our store associates. From the Forums is our weekly column highlighting the best of The Home Depot’s Community Forums.


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  1. craig marek says:

    I clicked (here) on the above comment pertaining to the metal shed and it did not show anything. How can I find this

    • Craig Allen says:

      Sorry about that, craig. I’ve fixed the link.

      Try clicking it again. It takes you to the same destination as the link “they documented the shed clean-up project” in the article up top.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

  2. The orange Home Depot “Homer” buckets are also great for storage and they’re stackable! I use them for plumbing fittings, hardware, rolls of wire, you name it!

  3. Kathrine says:

    Placing “Handy Hooks” intelligently reduces your efforts a lot and helps in better management of your shed.

  4. Lorrrie says:

    This looks great, but my shed is one of those very large metal ones. I’m looking for suggestions for safely attaching 2x4s or bigger to the metal walls, on which I could utilize the above ideas – i.e., attach hanger hooks, Smart Rack systems, etc. Don’t want the weight of these attachments to bend the metal walls and have them pull into the shed (i.e., collapse).
    Any ideas?

    • Craig Allen says:

      That’s a good question, Lorrrie. I’ll bet a lot of other folks with metal sheds would be interested in the answer, too. So, I reposted your question over on our How-To Forums on the article where ChrisFixit and PaintPro first wrote about their shed organizing project. Click here to see it, and to see what great ideas our How-To Community comes up with for mounting 2x4s on your metal shed’s walls.

      Thanks for the question.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot