I had the pleasure of being a guest on the podcast Got Clutter? Get Organized! last week. The podcast was The Organized Gardener-Making Your Garden Grow, and Janet asked lots of great questions about how to organize gardening tools and supplies. It was a ton of fun. I wanted to share some photos to go along with my tips from the podcast. Here are a few of the questions Janet asked me, and my answers and tips for how to organize gardening tools and supplies.
How would you suggest someone organize their gardening supplies if they have a small (city) or large (suburban) garden?
Gardening tools can be awkward and hard to store, but there are tons of great options to help get you organized. For long handled tools like rakes and shovels, you could get a small standing rack for your garage or shed (here’s the standing rack that I have, or you can get one like this that fits in the corner). You can also store long handled garden tools by hanging them on hooks on the wall. I use this heavy duty long handle tool hanger for my garden tools too (I have a lot of garden tools!).
For hand tools, you could repurpose one of those hanging shoe organizers, the fabric ones with the pockets (like this one), and hang that on the wall. Then you could use the pockets to store the hand tools. Or you could use a pegboard to hang your gardening hand tools on the wall just like any other tools. (the first tool on the left is my hori hori knife, one of my favorite gardening tools!)
You could also get bins or boxes to organize hand tools and supplies on the shelf. I like to use either clear storage bins, or put a piece of tape and mark what’s in the bin so I know where everything is at a glance.
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Another big space waster is empty pots. It’s nice to have extra pots on hand, but they can really clutter up the space. Stack extra pots and put them into boxes or crates on a shelf for storage. I love using storage crates (these are the ones I have) because it’s easy to see what’s inside, and they sit nicely on a shelf (I love these heavy duty standing shelving units for storing garden supplies in my garage).
Oh, and if you have multiple pairs of gloves, store them like you would your socks. Roll the pairs up together so they’re easy to find – and you’re not wasting time digging for a matching pair (I have lots of garden gloves too, haha!).
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Do you have any final tips for the listeners?
- Organize your tools and equipment now before the busy gardening season starts. It’s so frustrating to hunt for tools when you just want to get out into the garden.
- It’s best to have a designated space for your gardening tools and supplies, so they don’t get lost in the clutter of everything else you have in the garage. I have several shelves that are only used to store my gardening stuff.
- Also, try to put your tools in a place that is easily accessible during the busy gardening season, and where you’ll be more likely to put them away when you’re done. If you live in a cold climate, try to have a place where you can put your gardening tools away for the winter, or swap them out of an attic or storage space for your winter equipment.
Janet asked me several other questions too, like how do you store dirt in those big bags and how to do you store seeds, to name a few. But you’ll have to listen to the podcast to get answers to these bonus questions, and hear all of my tips on how to organize gardening tools and supplies. Here’s one hint…
What about you? Leave a comment below sharing how you organize gardening tools and supplies.