18 Effective Garden Shed Organizing Ideas


Get your yard shed organized with our vintage ideas for potting soil storage containers, seeds, garden tools and more. Recycle your way to tidiness!

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Get Organized

Painted garden shed

Stock up on cast-off farm finds to make organizing your garden shed effortless and vintage-look stylish. Here are a few fun ideas, from potting soil storage containers to seed calendars, for making your gardening chores much more manageable.

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Seed Jars


These old seed jars were part of a box of miscellaneous items purchased at a farm sale. Still bearing their original handwritten labels, they make great storage containers for seeds or anything else that needs a home, including plant tags, birdseed, and clothespins.

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Chick Feeders


Pretty seed packets take the place of the chicken grain that once filled this galvanized chick feeder. Hung below the shed window and right above the potting bench, the feeder keeps easily misplaced seed packets, catalogs, markers, and reference books in plain view and within easy reach.

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Vintage Washtub

Galvanized Washtub

An old washtub with a lid is a perfect potting soil storage container. Its large size accommodates several bags of potting soil. When you're not using the soil, put the lid on the tub and use it as workspace.

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Ribbon Calendar

Seed Packets

This simple ribbon organizer keeps track of what needs to be planted each month. Each ribbon represents a different month. Use clothespins to attach the packets of seeds that need to be planted each month. This visual reminder is especially helpful for prompting when it's time to plant late-season or cool-season crops.

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Salvaged Desk

Potting Bench

Give an old desk new life and purpose as a potting bench in your garden shed. Just the right height for planting containers, the bench has a convenient shelf underneath its work surface. Use a power washer to blast off any grime to create a character-rich potting bench with decades of use ahead.

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Harvest Baskets

Bushel Basket

Festively stained apple baskets are just the right size for holding cocoa shell mulch and birdseed underneath the potting bench. These baskets cost pennies at a flea market, but any sort of basket or bin would do.

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Milk Bottle Carrier


A vintage milk bottle carrier holds seed-starting supplies. A trio of blue canning jars holds row makers, felt-tip pens, and clippers. Peat pots, fertilizer, and hand tools also fit in the carrier. The carrier keeps everything easily portable for grab-and-go trips to the garden or potting bench.

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Rustic Shutters


A rustic green shutter becomes an instant shelf when mounted on a pair of $2 brackets found at a home improvement store. You can't have too many shelves in a garden shed, so use the lofty space above the window.

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Repurposed Bookcase

Repurposed Book Shelf

Keep your favorite garden reference books inside the shed in a nifty bookcase. The books are arranged on three deep shelves, protected from dust and debris by a pair of eight-pane windows that serve as doors. A piece of crown molding finishes the bookcase in style.

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Farmer's Cream Can

Garden Shed

An old cream can keeps unwieldy garden stakes tidy. The sturdy can holds garden stakes when they're not on duty coaxing tomatoes to grow vertically or reining in a wayward bunch of prairie coneflowers.

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Locker Baskets

Locker Basket

The see-through nature of locker baskets makes them excellent storage vessels. At a glance, you can find your gloves, table linens, and any other necessities. For simplicity, store like items together in each basket. For example, you'll find only a collection of garden gloves in my glove basket.

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Tool Board

Garden Tools

This tool board saves countless minutes of searching for misplaced tools. As long as gear is put away at the end of the day, you can easily find it on the tool board, which was constructed from the leftover rough-hewn cedar remnants used to build the shed. The tool board can easily be customized to hold as many tools as needed.

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Weed Whacker


Cast-off tines of a cultivator, once used to dislodge weeds, are perfect perches for a host of bird treats. Oranges, apples, and a mesh bag filled with sour cherries beckon birds to the garden. Then, when the season for fresh fruit passes, dangle suet cakes and protein-packed pinecones from the curved tines.

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Wicker Basket

Garden Basket

A simple wicker basket suspended from one of the shed doors holds frequently used small garden gear, such as shears, trowels, garden gloves, and twine. In addition, a favorite bird book can be grabbed on the way out the door.

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Curtain Tiebacks

Garden Hooks

Reclaimed wood trim and cast-iron curtain tiebacks create handy hooks for a hat and apron.

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Upcycled Chalkboard Shelf

Chalkboard Shelf

You really can't have too many shelves. This versatile shelf/chalkboard is attached to the wall with hinges and supported by small corbels on hinges, allowing the slate surface to be folded down when not in use.

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Upcycled Chalkboard for Notes


Keep track of garden chores on a slate surface like as this one, purchased at an auction and surrounded with 1-1/2 inch-wide trim. A thin coat of green paint gives a splash of color. The frame is deep enough to store the chalk.

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