Garage and Shed Organization with the Konmari Method

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Inside: Tackle the most disorganized area in your home or property! Garage and shed organization ideas, plus how to use the super popular Konmari Method to keep the clutter at bay for good. 

When it comes to organizing our homes, it’s probably safe to say we all have at least one space that is always total chaos, right? For me, it’s the place where we store our tools and my DIY supplies. For most people that’s a garage or back shed. Today, as we continue to examine how to use the Konmari Method to declutter all areas of the home – we are going to take a hard look at Garage and Shed Organization Ideas to see how they can benefit us all in the long term.garage wall organization

How to use Konmari in the Garage or Shed

If you’re not familiar with Konmari, it’s a framework designed to help you quickly and easily declutter all areas of your home. We have already tackled our kitchen and we’ve done a number on smaller areas such as my craft supplies and my jewelry organization.

The Konmari method takes the guess work out of what to keep and what to toss away and is supposed to result in you having a totally new and organized living space. It’s created by Japanese author and professional organizer Marie Kondo and it’s wildly popular. The crux of the Konmari Method is to let go of anything that does not spark joy in your heart, or in reverse, only keep things that truly serve an ultimate and higher purpose. In the garage or shed, however, this can prove mentally challenging because we don’t use these things daily and some are purely seasonal or one-use items.

Declutter the Garage or Shed with the KonMari Method

Since we moved into this house two and a half years ago, this area of our  home, which we affectionately call ‘the studio’ has become a safe haven for the rarely used, barely useful, used up and once-useful-but-now-forgotten CRAP. We’ve brought in storage ‘solutions’ (something that Kondo talks about as being the foil to anyone’s attempt to truly declutter) and as Kondo predicted, it resulted in nothing good. This would be our space equivalent to a work shop, shed or garage.

When we started to KonMari our studio of tools and the like – it looked like this.

Decluttering Tools the mess before

If you’re following Kondo’s method to the tee, you have to be ready for an embarrassing state. She suggests you must empty the entire contents of the space into another space. In our case, that was the lawn.  It was pretty bad. Decluttering Tools KonMariOnce you’ve done that, the next step is to sort all the items into distinct categories.

  • Seasonal items required for the maintenance of your property: lawn mowers, hedge trimmers etc.
  • Broken items or things that are totally worn out -place these in the trash
  • Redundant items – I had three drills at this point. Any duplicates can be donated
  • Miscellany – this was the largest category for us, but it was full of left over pieces from furniture, random tools and wall hangings, empty picture frames, ends of wrapping paper, outdoor tables we hadn’t used in two years, sweeping pads for a mop we no longer owned.

Decluttering Tools The Throw Away Pile

You get the picture, right. The sorting is what will take the longest. The only pile you will be keeping and need to organize in your garage or shed should be the seasonal and functional items that you have used in the last twelve months. Everything else can be either donated or thrown out.

Decluttering Tools Almost Finished!


Garage or Shed Organization Ideas

Now is the absolute fun part! You only have what you need, now the trick is to make space for it. We won’t be tackling our shed walls until next spring (when it’s warmer and we’re able to work more outside), but these are some of the best ways to use the space you have to organize all your outdoor and indoor tools in the garage.

Organizing Power Tools

I love this simple hanging power tool solution from The Heathered Nest. Eventually, I’d like to get to a place where this is the reality in my space. We are almost there!power tool organization

Organizing Hand Tools

I adore using magnets to organize things and this is a genius way to store hand tools so they are visible and always in reach. I especially like it as a solution for storing drill bits (which I always seem to lose!) organizing drill bits

This is basically genius! I’ve also used magnets to hang extra shelves in my metal storage lockers. They really do work quite well. The cute addition of the vintage looking tin cans on this one is a nice touch of design too.

organize hand tools

Organizing Garden Equipment

Love and Renovations has a great set up using large storage totes and a huge DIY work bench running along the garage wall. This would work really well for outdoor seasonal decor, Christmas decorations and lawn care items. garage wall organization

This homeowner uses PVC pipe, much like the power tool organization, but on a larger scale to be able to hang garden tools on the wall. This is such a simple and effective way to use all the space in your shed!garden tool organization


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