Outdoor Shed Organization

Most girls get excited about a new pair of shoes and earrings to match.

Not me.

I get excited about a new miter saw and drill bits. Smile

I can honestly say that I am more giddy about organizing my shed for all of my tools and DIY supplies than I am about decorating my house for fall. 

It’s just the way I am wired.

It makes me giggle when I realize that I probably have more power tools than my husband.  hee.hee.  If not, I know they are at least more organized.  

That is why I jumped at the chance to work with Simpson Strong Tie to help create my very own tool shed!



Doesn’t it look a.ma.zing?!!!  I am so in love!

Especially because this is what it looked like just about a month ago…




This shed was so full of our junk that we couldn’t even walk in it!




Now it is beautifully organized with all of my DIY goodies!


I made my workbench and shelving unit with these two kits from Simpson Strong Tie.  You can purchase the Simpson Strong Tie Workbench/Shelving kits in select stores, or online HERE.


Each box came with 8 brackets and instructions on how to build each piece.


The original instructions are for a 2 foot deep by 4 foot wide workbench, but I decided to make mine twice as big.


I love that these kits are this versatile.


I build my work bench and shelving unit all by myself.  I couldn’t believe how easy it was!  I simply had to cut the 2×4’s the length I needed them and placed them in the corner brackets.  Then I simply screwed the boards in place. 


Then I cut the MDF boards the length I needed them and notched out the corners.  (We used MDF board instead of the suggested plywood since my bench was going to be longer and the MDF is more sturdy.)



Since my bench was bigger than suggested on the box, I also had to get a bigger piece of pegboard for the back.

But that was exactly what I needed!  Check out all the goodies that I was able to hang on my pegboard!!!


Can you believe I have been keeping all of this stuff in my office?! I am so glad I was able to get my tools out of my office and into my shed!


I am loving how organized I am!

I built the shelving unit to go on the right wall of the shed.  I also decided to cover the wall behind the shelving unit with pegboard to give me even more space to hang items if I wanted.


We decided to build the shelving unit a little differently than the instructions suggested.  The bottom 2×4 “legs” are taller than the orginal so that the bottom shelf is higher off the ground and I am able to store stuff under it.  I bought a clear plastic tub to store the boy’s sports equipment.

As you can see, I still have a lot of empty shelf space (YAY!) for even more storage.  Believe me, it will be filled up soon!

Can you believe that all of the tools and supplies in this shed are mine that I have gotten through blogging?!! That’s crazy!

Now, I have told Cy to stay out of “my” tool shed.  His tools are in the barn, and let’s just say that it doesn’t look quite as good as mine.  (That is an understatement.) Smile

I might let him use my tools if he’s good.  (hee.hee.) 

If you are in need of some easy to build, sturdy work benches or shelves, then you should check out Simpson Strong Tie!

I give this product two thumbs up!!


*This post was sponsored by Simpson Strong Tie.  All opinions are 100% mine!


  1. I understand the excitement! We just cleaned out a shed on our property this summer also and revamped it for my potting shed. I sell fairy gardens in the summer and I can’t wait to put it to use. We also made an 8’X2′ workbench much like yours, except hubby built in 2 large drawers I trash picked. We also had a sheet metal shop cover the top with sheet metal (like your kitchen table). I am so anxious to use it! I previously used an old ironing board set up in our garage! We have pegboard to put on the wall yet and it will be complete.

  2. I would definitely take tools over jewelry too. My shop is going to be featured in Wood Magazine’s Spring 2015 issue of best home workshops. I’m so excited! Isn’t it just so much fun to get organized?

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