Steve Wilson from is an expert when it comes to organising garages and sheds. “When everything’s in its place”, he says, “you know exactly what you have and can find things quickly.” So set aside a day, organise a skip bin or council rubbish pick-up (you’ll need it!) and get started.
Make a plan
Apart from cars, what large items or permanent workspaces do you need to fit in? Think workbenches, chest freezers, potting benches and the like. They’ll need to go near powerpoints or under good lighting.
The space around those items is perfect for storage. Steve Wilson recommends creating “zones” for each work area, such as gardening, outdoor items, sports and seasonal items. “Measure the space and sketch where your storage will go,” he says, “and take a ‘before photo’ to help identify what you have to organise.”
Get as much off the ground as you can. If you have exposed rafters, move any large, lightweight items up and away. On the walls, you can use anything from simple S-hooks to integrated wall track systems with moveable hooks. “They are flexible and can be added to or rearranged to meet your ongoing needs,” says Steve.
Shelves are another off-the-ground option, plus they make it easy to see what you’re looking for. Look for rugged shelves that are quick to put together, consider the maximum load they’ll take and use co-ordinated shelves for a uniform look.
Cupboards and drawers are great for hiding clutter. Have at least one that’s lockable to safely store chemicals. Add heavy-duty castors to easily move them later.
Buckets or caddies are perfect for small hand tools, especially those you use regularly. Store tools for a particular job (think painting, pruning, spraying) in one spot.
Get stuck in!
It’s time to make your vision a reality. Ask friends to help you on the day, or break it down and do it one a section at a time.
1. Move everything outside and start your rubbish and recycling piles. Now give the area a good clean.
2. Put your permanent workspaces and large items in place. Put your plan up on the wall and consult it regularly to stay on track!
3. Position your storage solutions around your workspaces. Affix shelves and cabinets to the walls now before you fill them.
4. Add everything else back in, keeping similar items together in each “zone”. Label boxes as you go.
Job done! Sit back and enjoy your organised workspace. Or now that you know where everything is… get to work!