Our shed is only 5 feet by 8 feet. It is the required size of a shed in our development. So, making it functional is very important. Recently, we reorganized and arranged the shed so that more things could be placed in it. You see, we just got our very first generator. After 16 hours of no power after a recent storm, we thought it was time to get one. But, where do we store it? That was going to be tricky. After some investigation, we found that the shed was the perfect spot for that and the wet vac that we use in emergencies. This post talks about how we increased storage in our shed while doing the shed organization to maximize the space. Follow along and get inspired!
How long did it take to do this DIY shed organization project?
This project took about 4 hours to do. It took some time to organize which tool would be near the other one to avoid overlapping.
What tools and supplies should I use to organize the shed?
Rubbermaid Fasttrack (link is from Amazon (affiliate) )
Wrap-it 32 in. Super-Stretch Storage straps (A704-32B) (Link is from Amazon (affiliate) )
Drill bit ⅛" and ⅜" titanium
Simple Green liquid and water bottle
Several clean cloths
Now that I had all the tools and supplies for this shed organization project at arms reach, I was able to begin.
Cost: $110.00 <<we bought extra hooks because we did not know how much we needed. Then, I returned the extras. The straps were a bundle pack and we only used one or two of them. But, will use more in future projects.
How to maximize space in a shed?
Before image of the shed.
As you can see, there were a lot of garden tools that needed a new home. We had a triangle floor organizer that wasn't cutting it. So, we needed to rethink the organizing tools we used.
Clean the shed wall and dry.
First, we cleared off the wall with Simple Green spray. I cleaned the doors and the wall where we were going to hang the organizer. Then, with a cloth, dry the area as best as possible. Since it was inside the shed, it didn't get light; we did not want it to get moldy.
Determine where you want the organizer.
Since we had some long-handled tools, we started with the longest one and marked where we wanted the Rubbermaid(R) Fasttrack mounting bar. We had a vent, so we had to go right below the vent. In our shed, we needed to screw holes into the seams. Note: in a typical shed, you can find the studs. We marked the place we wanted to screw into.
Drill using screws into the studs.
The kit came with two bars, and we screwed using the screws in the holds on the bar at the height we determined. The kit comes with screws and anchors.
Laid out the hook accessories for the bar.
We started laying out the hooks to match up with the tools. Turning some tools upside down, so it does not overlap with the other tools. We continued down the line to fill up the Fasttrack bar.
I wanted to hang up the sprayers since they always would fall and get dirty. The large straight hook worked really well for this purpose.
Create a smaller bar on the side of the door.
Since the door side had about 18 inches of space, we could add other tools here. But, first, we needed to cut the bar down to size.
Using a saw, we cut down the metal bar. It wasn't too thick, so it was pretty easy to cut down.
We had to adjust the holes to line up with the stud. While leveling it on the wall, we marked where the holes would be. Then using a titanium drill bit, we made new holes in the right space to match the studs.
We then screwed the screws into the new and existing holes. And, then, cut down the plastic bar that when over the top of the metal bar.
After adding the cut plastic cover, we added the hook accessories and the tools for the side.
The big reveal for this Shed Organizing Project.
Here is the finished picture of the walls. It has cleared out so much floor space that we can use it for our mower.
If you are wondering what we did with the other side, here it goes.
The generator and wet vac were placed on the floor. When we first got to the shed, we added 18-inch wire shelving. We also hung up the wheelbarrow with a wheelbarrow hook. Our weed wacker must be horizontal, so we have it lying over two wall-mounted accessory bars.
You may be wondering what we did with the little bit of extra Fasttrack we had left from the other project. We decided to use it on the door of the shed. We used the strap to hold the hose together, and we attached them to the hook accessories. The water sprinklers were always an issue until we decided to hang them up on a hook. Brilliant!
I hope this post helps you with your shed organization. Organizing can be tricky, so take your time and organize your space precisely the way it works for you.
Feel free to visit our other shed organization and outside storage cabinet organizing posts below for more ideas.
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