Garden shed storage: 12 ideas for getting organised

These tips, tricks and garden shed storage ideas will make yours a well-presented garden retreat (even if only for tools)

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In need of some garden shed storage ideas? Sheds are handy in the garden, until they're so cluttered with random things, that they aren't. A well organised shed, on the other hand, can make a gardener's life a whole lot easier.

Think tidying up your shed can wait till spring? We say: don't put it off. Sort it out now, and spring garden maintenance will be much quicker.

Need more storage tips? We have plenty of space saving garden storage ideas for you to consider. Find out how to choose a new shed if yours has seen better days, too, and don't miss our pick of the best garden sheds.

1. Start by emptying your shed

Sorry, but it’s got to be done. Choose a sunny, or at least dry, day so you can drag everything out and lay it in the garden and start sorting. Be ruthless when deciding what to keep and be realistic about what is going to fit in your shed without it becoming a death trap. Do you really need three rakes? Have you ever even used that rototiller? What does it even do?

The Posh Shed Company's Allotment Store

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2. Group your items 

Organise the items that have survived the cull into groups. How you do this is up to you, but it might be based on product type and purpose, on how often you use the item, or on how its size will work best for your space. 

Top tip: If you're not sure where to start, choose a big item, like the lawnmower, and plan how you will fit everything else around it. 

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3. Plan your shed storage

An empty shed is a rare thing. Take advantage of this and evaluate the space, then consider what garden shed storage solutions are open to you. If you have plenty of sturdy wall space then a whole wall of shed shelving (whether wall-hung or floor-standing) could be a good option. If space is tight then you may want to line the walls and ceiling with hooks and tool racks, and use stackable boxes instead. Whichever you choose, ensure the shed's structure can take the strain.

How to organise your garden shed

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4. Keep frequently used items accessible  

Create a group of those smaller items you use most often, and plan to keep them to the front of the shed, so you can grab them easily and get gardening instantly. 

This handy canvas tool storage from Garden Solutions has plenty of pouches to store all your smaller garden paraphernalia and will take up minimal space. It also doubles as a stool for tackling that unruly buddleia. Available at Not On The High Street. 

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5. Shed storage: Use adjustable shelving

Maximise your square footage by getting as much as you can off the ground and on to shelves. 

This shelving unit from Elfa (below) is one the best shed storage ideas we've seen. It's completely customisable and includes different types of storage for hanging, stacking and suspending. Ventilated shelving (have a look at these wooden shelves from B&Q) are also a good option as any dust and dirt will fall through rather than accumulate.

Elfa shed storage unit

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6. Organise the small stuff

For smaller items (and a stylish look we wouldn't say no to), go with open grid storage units so you aren’t always having to rummage through drawers or pull out large boxes. Within the grid, you can then organise everything into smaller containers, glass jars or tins.  

This grid wall unit from Waitrose can be mounted to the wall to save on floor space, keeping odds and ends out of the way, but still accessible. 

Waitrose wire rack

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7. Hang your tools on hangers

Long-handled garden tools are best stored somewhere accessible but still out of the way (let’s avoid any Chaplin-esque re-enactments, please). Attaching a sturdy tool hanger to one of your shed walls will get them off the floor and neatly lined up. 

Burgon & Ball’s tool rack has easy to use grip slots that will fit most garden tool handles and holds up to 3kg. The grips are also adjustable so you can make room for bigger items. 

Burgon & Ball tool rack

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Top tip: Magnetic strips such as this tool bar from B&Q are great for storing the collection of paint brushes that lives in your shed. The bristles won't get squashed, and the brushes will dry quickly after washing. 

8. Save space with a peg board

We have sung the praises of peg boards many a time for kitchens and home offices, and they are just as handy as garden shed storage. 

The Hang it Peg Board from The Worm That Turned comes with eight hooks and one shelf. Hook yours on a wall, to the side of shelving or the back of a door. 

Hang It Organiser from The Worm That Turned

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9. Make use of your shed doors

Speaking of doors, don’t neglect them: put that otherwise wasted space to good use. Hang hooks and baskets on the inside panel to stash items that you always want to be accessible; use wire baskets to make the most of a compact shed or try adding hooks; or hang narrow shelves – just don't overload it.  

Find similar storage ideas at Wayfair.

How to organise your garden shed

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10. Keep your shed clean

After spending so much time turning your shed from a chaotic mess into a gardener’s dream, why not dedicate some time to it each week (or month, more likely) to having a quick sort out. This way you can avoid having the dreaded annual overhaul next time, and enjoy a tidy shed all year round. Use our tips on how to Marie Kondo your garden to get yours sorted efficiently.

11. Storage caddy: invaluable in sheds

Looking for a storage container that looks good while helping you keep track of all the shed sundries? A spray painted storage caddy is perfect. 

The Shed Tidy from Annabel James is up to the task, with divided sections for all your shed's bits and bobs. 

Shed Tidy from Annabel James

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12. Garden storage bags: your best friend come harvest time

Still storing your freshly picked fruit in crates? Try this storage bag from Garden Trading instead: it will hold up to 15 litres and take up less room than stacks of crates in your shed. 

garden storage bag from Garden Trading

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