I HAVE A SHED OF MY OWN! Yes, I was using caps lock – I really AM that excited. I’ve had some lack-of-shed-space issues that were causing me problems around the house lately. Seeds I had started on top of the freezer got knocked over and killed by the dog. And then again by the kids. Extra winter clothes and blankets stacked in the laundry room in Rubbermaid totes and wire racks instead of stored away for later use. And so on.
Well we just set up a big Rubbermaid Roughneck Gable Garden Shed (only $549 from Lowes) in the backyard and it’s all mine! MUWAHAHAHA *insert cackling with glee and rubbing hands together in a mock-villainous way* I’ve officially staked my claim on it for all the garden projects and storage needs I have. I’m clearing some room from the laundry room to make an office space again.
I moved out all my extra canning jars. Of course, I still have a milk crate in the kitchen about half-filled with washed jars from the peaches, plum jam, salsa, and other yummies I canned last year. As soon as it’s full I will move it out to the shed as well. I like storing my empty jars either in boxes with dividers I’ve saved from the cases I buy, or in milk crates where the sturdy sides will protect them from knocks and bumps.
The shed has anchors on the wall so I could install the wire rack shelves in there and they would be supported. No more dog/child seed-tipping mayhem! I love the wall anchors. The shed was very reasonably priced and the walls are plastic so no hammering shelves into them. Instead they have these nifty anchors which will support pegboard, plywood, shelves, or as we did here, anchor a shelving rack unit.
You can read a more in-depth review of the Rubbermaid Roughneck Gable Garden Shed on my column on About.com. I haven’t finished filling it yet though! There’s still plenty of room for a couple Rubbermaid totes with the seasonal clothes. This will free up space in the laundry room and the kids’ closets as well! A total win/win.
I’m planning to put a wall a pegboard along the left side so I can hang my garden tools. All the spades, rakes, and hoes will be neatly stored and in easy reach. That’s my plan. I could even paint the pegboard pretty colors – the Valspar samples are less than $3 for a large sample size. What do you store in your shed? What do you do to put your personal touch on it? You can get more tips for remaking your shed on the Lowes website.
This post is written as part of my on-going relationship with Lowes Home Improvement. Be sure to subscribe to their free Creative Ideas Magazine and check out the other Creative Ideas Bloggers. I’ll have more posts in the future about some of the things I’m doing with this extra space that the shed freed up for me in the house, as well as other ways I will organize the storage inside the shed. I’d love to see what you are doing! Share a photo or leave a comment to tell me how you organize things.