Our Shed…..Our Mess

Be warned, it is not pretty and it is not organized…..YET!!!
This is one area of our house that I have never showed my wonderful followers.  It has been a thorn in my side for the last 4.5 years and we have to do something about it already.

Step on in to our messy shed!!!

Sorry if the pictures aren’t that great.  We don’t have a window, we only have the door as light, so I did my best with the flash on the camera.

This is the first side you see when you open the door.  It’s the right side of the shed.  Let’s start at the floor.  We had a bunch of extra pavers left over and we already paid for them, so they were ours to use as we needed them.  So we lifted stuff off the floor using the pavers.  We have a water problem with the shed…more on that in a little bit.  Anyway…this side of the shed has our tools in the corner, a plastic cabinet and some plastic shelving and other misc things.  Like I said, this is NOT organized at all.  :(

Here is the corner that holds all of our gardening tools like rakes, shovels, etc.  It’s sort of organized because we do have that tool holder, but it’s not big enough for all of the different tools we have.  We need hooks on the walls instead so it’s easier to find and put things back too.  The way this corner is now, we have had things fall on us….not a good thing.  We have no actual light in this shed either, but we do have electric in there now.  We need to get an industrial light hooked up somehow in the rafters, because right now we only have those utility lights that are hanging from a nail on the wall.
Here is the mess behind the doors in this cabinet.  I love my hubby, but he likes to move things all over when he is looking for something and things never go back where they should once he has gone into it.  I have to get some clear bins for this cabinet and clean it out again.  I will win this battle at some point!!!  πŸ˜‰
These shelves are pretty organized compared to the rest of the shed.  But that isn’t saying that much really.  haha!!!
There is a small loft area also in this shed, thank god, because it actually holds a lot.  A lot of what is up there needs to be garage saled or thrown out.  Right underneath {attached to the loft} is a hanging area that holds all of our extra wood flat.  Which is great so the wood doesn’t get wet and will not warp to much.  But we need to go through all that wood and see if it is all good still.  You can also see the back wall in this picture.  There is a small wood shelf attached to the back wall.  It’s not that convinent and really doesn’t hold that much.  We need to really rethink this area.
Here is a closer picture of the shelf under the loft.
Here is the other side of the loft.  Beach chairs and a party bucket for water, soda and beers.  In this picture you can also see that we have a work bench.  It’s rather large actually.  About two planks too large really.  We are thinking about cutting it down a little, so we have more walking room in here, but we aren’t sure yet.  As you can see, the door just misses the work bench.  It’s probably about 4.5 to 5 feet deep I would think, so it’s a little much.  But we will see.  We do want to sand it down and put some poly on it to seal it better so we can clean it off easier.  That will be the easy part of this shed makeover.  We also keep a lot of our larger tools for the yard under the work bench.  A wheel barrel, the lawn mower, a trimmer for the grass, and our shop-vac.
This is a shelf that are above the work bench.  Oh my gosh, what a mess this side of the shed is.  The hubby seems to know where most of the stuff is, but there are times when we can’t find things.  Plus there is so much that needs to be gotten rid of at this point.
We even have a small shelf on top of the work bench.  Plus a small toolbox. and lots of other crap I will call it right now.
Here you can pretty much see the whole work bench.  It’s really large and it’s really a mess.
We have a grinder on our work bench too.  It was left by the previous owners and we only had to buy new parts to grind stuff.  This comes in handy and we will not be getting rid of it anytime soon.
Finally here is the last corner of the shed.  Our ladders and anything misc are in this corner.  It’s probably the cleanest corner in the shed.  We really want to paint the whole entire inside of the shed glossy white.  Glossy white will be really easy to clean off and it will brighten up the whole shed.  We hope one day to have a window in this shed.  Maybe next year we can swing that.  First we need to organize the shed and leave room for a window somewhere.  Always good to plan ahead for something this way you don’t have to move things down the road.  πŸ˜‰
I also wanted to show you some of our backyard as well.  We have a very thin garden bed at the back of our property.  There is a small creek that goes along behind the fence, so sometimes this area gets wet.  We might loss some plantings over time, but we will have to deal with that when the time comes.  Unless you have a really bad storm, this area is pretty normal most of the year.  We needed to move a plant in the front of our house and we were going to keep it somewhere upfront, but we decided that the front areas had enough plants for now.  We moved our “Globe Blue Spruce” to the center of this very long bed.  It’s about 25 feet long I believe.  On each side are some “Daylilies”.  The border around this bed is actually more of our pavers.  Money well spent in the end since we used them for our driveway, walkways, shed floor and now also this garden bed.  It’s just the right border for the bed.  Please excuse my ugly chainlink fence, but we don’t have the funds yet for fencing for our whole entire backyard yet.  One day there will be nice white PVC fencing in the whole backyard.
{we already have the PVC fencing in front of the house} 

Here is my Hosta garden bed.  They are just starting to come up.  In about a month, you can’t even see the mulch in this bed.  It’s easy to care for and we love it.
Here is another view of that back garden bed and fence.  There is a small stream behind the trees and then there is a house behind that.  So a 6ft white PVC fence is needed.  In the summer this area is pretty filled in, so we really don’t see our neighbors that much.  But more privacy would be nice.  πŸ˜‰

All four of these “Arborvitae” bushes need to be moved.  We planted them as baby bushes and they were the perfect size for this very small bed.  But now they have grown and they are in the way of the “Daylilies” that are trying to come up.  the Daylilies come up fine with the bushes there, but we just don’t like the look of everything all smush in together.  So I will take new pictures of the beds after we move everything and keep you guys updated on their well being.

Here is what this garden bed looked like 2 years ago.  So the bushes have done some growing since then.  πŸ˜‰
I spoke earlier about a water problem we have in our shed.  Well when we bought the house 4.5 years ago, the shed was a lot higher above the grade of the ground.  That was because we had a lot of work done over the 4.5 years and we had to add dirt and new sod, so we were left with this….the gras/dirt right up to the shed level so the water literally comes in one side and goes out the other side.  {banging head against the wall}  So we need to do something about it.  It’s been like this for 2 years now and we are just being stupid at this point.  We tried to see if there was something we could do to fix this problem.  We do have a gutter on this shed which has helped some, but no completely.  We know we have some mold in the shed as well, so this little guy needs to be fixed up some before we have to replace it.  We don’t want to spend that kind of money, so we need to figure something out.  Any ideas?  anyone?  We have a couple of thoughts in mind, but we aren’t 100% sure yet what we will do.

I think we might be able to use a Drain Channel like this one from Lowe’s, that can go on 2 sides of the shed and then out to the stream area behind the fence.  Sounds like a great plan…hopefully it will work out for us.  It will be worth the money for sure to save our little shed.  But we still have to figure out what to do on the front side of the shed were the pavers are.  Sometimes in heavy rain the water comes in through the door.  See picture above.  I think I will try some outdoor silicone product maybe first and see if that helps, if not I might have to bring back the masonery contractor and have them move the pathway over a little bit.
Here are some pictures of the backyard so you know where the shed is.

You can check out my inspirational post about organizing a shed here.
So does anyone have any shed organization tips for me?  Have you organized your shed or garage?  I would love to hear all about it.  Leave a comment if you want to share with everyone.
Thanks for stopping by everyone!!!  Have a great day and a great weekend!!!  :)


    • says

      Well I figured I would keep it real. This way when I get it organized and I show off the final product, it will be a complete transformation. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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