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FROM PILES TO BUCKETS TO HOOKS: How I Organized my Yard & Garden Tools

By May 13, 2015 4 Comments

It is fairly easy to accumulate lots of yard and garden tools! Many people say, “You can never have too many tools!” Actually you can—especially if your collection includes tools you:

  • Don’t want to use
  • Don’t know how to use
  • Will never use

Such was the story of my garage—a pile of garage sale bargains, cast-offs from family and friends, and never-used items.

So how does this happen?

  • Your needs change—you no longer have big trees
  • Your physical abilities change—you can’t climb the ladder
  • Your desires change—you no longer want big shrubs or bushes

My solution?

My first organizing plan was to use 5 gallon buckets to store it all. It was better than a messy pile, but not quite right. Then I considered installing a pegboard, but that would require a trip to the store for pegboard, hooks, and wood strips, as well as arranging for delivery and installation. Finally, I decided to just use large hooks I already had on hand. These were easily drilled into the studs. Then the tools could hang from the hooks. Some needed a hole drilled in the handle to create a way to attach a small loop of clothesline rope.

garden tools

I said goodbye to a stepladder, an electric edger, a leaf blower, extra shovels,  extra rakes, an old hatchet, an old saw, several warped yard sticks, several old towels and rags, old garden gloves with holes, several flower pots and baskets, extra wooden handles, and a few things I had no idea what they were! With these unused and unnecessary items out of the way, I can easily see, access, and actually use my small assortment of 15 tools. An added bonus is that nothing falls down or gets tangled up with the other items.

How many tools are hanging out in your garage?


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Olive Wagar

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  • Charlene says:

    Great ideas, as usual, Olive. Love the picture. Now that is an organized tool area! Kudos!

    • Olive Wagar says:

      Thanks, Charlene! Just because something is still in good shape is not a good reason to keep it. I really like that it is very easy to find and use everything now.

  • Linda says:

    I need to get rid of so many tools and garden junk! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Olive Wagar says:

      When I see so many tools and junk, it just overwhelms me and I don’t want to do any yard work. It really helps when all the extra stuff finds another home, Linda! Thanks for reading and sharing.

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