There is always a lot of focus placed on organising the main living areas of the house, such as the kitchen and bedrooms, but rarely does the trusty shed get the same treatment.

For many families, the shed acts as nothing more than a neglected dumping ground for tools and equipment.

The truth is, a well-organised shed can save you a lot of time and energy. If you get it right, never again will you have to spend hours searching for that one tool you need to finish a simple job.

Let’s take a look at a few ideas that can turn any shed, big or small, into a well-organised room where everything has its place.

1. Keep your tools handy

Whether you are a contractor or just love DIY, rather than leaving them to sit at the bottom of your rusty tool box, why not install some sturdy tool hangers on the inside of your shed, to store your most frequently used carpentry and garden tools. For a nice added touch, and to make sure everything goes back in its rightful place, you could outline each tool on the wall using a permanent marker.

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2. Wind the garden hose up

The garden hose is often an awkward piece of equipment to store. It often gets tangled and spreads itself across the floor. To save space and avoid unnecessary falls, why not wind it around an old bucket or tin, attached to the wall?

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3. Let your bike levitate

If you’re someone who likes to go out for a spin on the bike, but is short on floor space; why not look to the roof? Bike lifts offer a safe and affordable way to store your bike, without taking up any unnecessary room.

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4. Get creative with pegboard walls

Pegboards are versatile and easy to install. They can be used to hang a variety of different tools and even small shelving units.

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5. Install some open metal shelving

Adding shelving along the main walls of your shed can be a great way to utilise. Open metal shelves allow you to see exactly what it is you’re looking for. You can even opt for adjustable units if you want some flexibility.

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6. Make use of bins

There’s not much use in putting up neat looking shelving if you’re just going to fill it up with clutter. Make the most of the shelves by adding plastic boxes or baskets, to store your tools and trinkets. Of course, label them and arrange to your pleasing.

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