Top tips for a shed storage makeover

Turn a cluttered garden shed into a streamlined storage space, with these inspiring ideas from Belle of Belle Abode.

How to declutter the shed

Custom built and painted to match their daughters’ cubby house, the shed in Belle’s backyard was pretty as a picture but needed a lot of love to make it functional.

An interiors and organisation expert, Belle set herself the storage challenge and now, anyone can walk in and immediately find whatever they were searching for.

“It’s the best thing in our backyard because it’s made life so much easier,” says Belle. Feeling inspired? Here are Belle’s top tips for turning your garden shed into an organisational masterpiece.

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Group objects by category

Step one for an organised space is to group like with like. Belle explains, “The workbench is the main area, where all the tools are, and then we’ve got the garden area with garden tools, fertilisers and everything we need for the garden, and a section for painting and crafts, with everything from paints to small overalls for the girls.”

Both lidded containers and open tubs were used to corral items, keeping the space looking calm and neat. They also serve a practical purpose in grouping like items, so they’re easier to find, and containing any mess: “If soil, for example, falls out the packet, it goes straight into the container and it’s easy to wash,” says Belle.

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Maximise vertical space

Even the walls work hard in this storage space, with Pinnacle pegboards to hold regularly used small tools, wire baskets for loose bits, and Pinnacle hooks for larger tools.

“The hooks are honestly so good. They’re really deep, so you can pack in tools one after the other and it’s so easy to remove them,” says Belle.

She also decided to leave the walls unlined, so the wall framing can serve as extra shelves if more storage is needed down the track.

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Label, label, label

For a shed that anyone can navigate and find what they need, labels are essential. Tactix heavy-duty storage boxes were used to contain loose equipment.

The boxes are filed neatly on a Pinnacle shelving unit, with simple handmade labels clearly announcing the contents so there will never be a frantic, last-minute search for stuff!

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Make a workspace

Two separate workspaces provide ample space for D.I.Y. projects. The Pinnacle timber top workbench has become the logical HQ for Belle’s husband’s home D.I.Y. projects. There’s plenty of room to measure, cut and tinker, and everything he needs is easily to hand, with small tools on the pegboard and larger items stored in cabinets and drawers underneath.

On the other side of the shed, Pinnacle four tier shelving units fit neatly under the window and create another bench space for gardening or painting projects.

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Want Belle’s pegboard?

Check out our easy step-by-step guide on how to build your own.

Photo credit: Belle Abode

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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