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I waited patiently all summer to have some time to replace and reorganize my outside cabinet storage unit next to my shed. But, unfortunately, it was so disorganized that when I tried to open it to find something, I would just get disgusted at the site to close it again immediately. Ugh.
- How to Cheaply Organize an Outside Cabinet Storage
- Find an affordable outdoor cabinet online or in a retail store.
- Buy outdoor storage containers from a discount store.
- Use clear bins with different colored lids to help organize the cabinet.
- Repurpose cleaned paint buckets to hold soil and bird food.
- Update 2024
I was able to get to it. This cabinet holds things for gardening, pruning, and watering my mulch beds and vegetable and herb gardens. I finally had the time and money to get what I needed. But I didn't want to spend an arm and a leg on the products I needed. So this is how I did it. Read the tips below to see how we organized this exterior cabinet storage organizing affordably.
How to Cheaply Organize an Outside Cabinet Storage
Find an affordable outdoor cabinet online or in a retail store.
I found a great large outdoor cabinet from a home improvement store for about $129.00+tax.
Buy outdoor storage containers from a discount store.
Then, I visited my favorite discount stores, searching for the appropriate bins that are not only decorative, durable, and also affordable. I planned on having various sizes and types inside this cabinet to hold various items, so I went down and bought items from the clearance section of discount stores. I found these Nesting bins (6+ of them) for 6.00 + tax. ) Perfect!
Use clear bins with different colored lids to help organize the cabinet.
I found these metal-colored bins on clearance for 5.99 - 7.99+tax each and this oval silver bin for 16.99. I didn't mind the different colors because I figured it would be easier for me to direct my kids(and husband) where things are in the cabinet like, "Honey, please get me the red-handled clippers in the white bin. "
Repurpose cleaned paint buckets to hold soil and bird food.
I transferred cheap paint buckets for birdseed and soil from the bottom of my previous storage cabinet to the lower part of this cabinet. It cost $0.00.
The result wasn't magazine-ready, nor was it matchy-matchy, but it was functional and affordable, as you can see above. And I only spent less than $200.00 for all of these items and the cabinet.
I often remind my clients that being organized doesn't mean they have to spend tons of money or make it look magazine-beautiful. It just needs to be functional and maintainable. And, if you are flexible in what your space will turn out to look like, you can even save money in the process.
Recently, this cabinet came back in stock, and I purchased another for under my deck steps. This cabinet now holds the winter supplies we use, like winter covers for furniture and garden ornaments I place outside during the summer months. It's a great cabinet and large enough for everything I have. I also added a few more cabinets to organize my outdoor gardening supplies, and now, everything is in one place! Yay!
UPDATE: Visit our other post, SUPER EASY WAYS FOR OUTDOOR STORAGE CABINET ORGANIZATION, to see the updated area.
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