One of my favorite leisure-time activities is maintaining my garden and landscaping the spacious yard that surrounds the house. Unfortunately, winter-time in my region is not just hibernation time for bears – my yard tools and gardening supplies too have an extended stay in the shed awaiting them from October to March.
While I have the good fortune of owning a home on a large piece of land, my property only has one shed to store all my tools. Our home does not include a garage; it only has a carport that is built into the house, storing extra tools there was not an option because they would be too exposed to the elements.
This made for a bit of a tight squeeze in the shed to say the least, and in the last few years it started to get way out of hand. Between the shovels, hoes, rakes, the lawn mower, wheel-barrow, fertilizer, camping gear and more crammed tightly into one 100 square foot room, it became nearly impossible for me or my wife to find anything in the shed during the winter. This can become quite problematic when you are trying to dig out the bag of crystallized salt or a shovel to clear the walkway.
This summer, I decided to plan ahead and get my shed prepared for the long winter of storage. While I consider myself to be a green-thumb and have quite an eye for attractive yard landscaping, I am far from a handyman when it comes to working with tools. Creating an organized and efficient storage shed would require as little use of power-tools as possible. Luckily I found some easy and effective storage options that do not require the use of heavy-duty tools to install them.
The first step in getting my shed organized was deciding on single place to store all of my larger garden tools such as a shovel, rake, and even my weed-whacker. I decided to employ a wall mount yard tool rack to store these items that do not necessarily take up that much space, but are bulky and hard to find a good place for. Best of all, the only labor I had to do to install the rack was find the studs in my shed’s wall and put four screws in!
Next I wanted to find a place to conveniently store my fertilizer, garden pots, pesticides and other bulky items that weigh too much to be placed on a wall shelf or wall rack. Using a stand-alone 5 shelf heavy duty steel storage rack was the perfect way to keep these larger, heavier items organized and easy to find. I chose the steel framed shelves because I felt like it would be better suited to handle the wild fluctuations in weather we get in my neck of the woods.
At this point I had already almost used up all of the available floor space in my shed, but still had a couple of miscellaneous items that I had to find a space for. I was at a loss because there was no more space on the metal shelf I had just installed, and there was not room for an additional shelf in the shed. Luckily, my wife was able to think outside the box and scrap together some extra storage space using an overhead telescoping ceiling storage unit to hold the extra items. This too was an easy unit to install, only requiring me to find the ceiling studs (very easy to do as they were not covered by drywall) and simply screwing the unit directly into them.
Organizing my shed for winter storage seemed like a daunting task at first, but I was able to install all three of these storage items in a single three-day weekend. All it took was a stud-finder, a nice Philips-head screwdriver and a couple of screws, and my shed was completely transformed. Now when I have to shovel the walkway I don’t find myself tripping over bags of half-frozen fertilizer or getting the weed-whacker’s string wrapped around my leg!