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5 Tips for Organizing Your Shipping Container Shed


Now, where did I put that shovel? Hmm, I could have sworn those hedge clippers were right here beside my toolbox.

The only thing better than a well-constructed, secure, and spacious shipping container shed is if it's well organized, so you’re not wasting time trying to find the lawn, gardening, or home improvement tools and equipment you need. With so many outside chores to get done before the sun goes down, you can’t afford to waste a minute of daylight.

To avoid clutter and chaos in your shipping container shed, you should plan ahead by getting things organized. It would be best if you found ways to store all your essential tools while still leaving room to move around in the shed. A shipping container shed does you no good if you can’t find your supplies.

Here are some ways to efficiently organize your shipping container shed to minimize wasted time, keep your equipment secure, and make you look like the sharpest tool in the shed.

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1. Shipping container shed blueprint

Before you start dragging all your equipment and tools into your shipping container shed, take time to plan it out in your head and on paper. You’re more likely to end up with a more organized shed if you sketch things out in advance based on the space you know you have available and the amount of stuff you need to fit in it.

  • First, take inventory of your things—four rakes, three toolboxes, a push mower, weed eater, etc.
  • Once you’ve created that master list of equipment that will live in the shed, you’ll be able to draw a rough layout of what can go where. This exercise might sound tedious, but it will help your shipping container shed be more organized and accessible in the long run. And, you might figure out which tools your buddy or son borrowed but never brought back!
  • Follow the diagram you’ve developed during the planning process when you start putting your materials in the shed. Essentially, you’ll have a road map to your shed that will help you keep things organized for years to come.

2. Use floor space wisely

One way to best use the floor space is to add shelving that allows you to stack equipment vertically instead of lining the floor with it. Free-standing metal shelving easily stores tubs and bins, and shelves can be shifted if you need to reorganize. Because the shelves are metal, they are durable, and the grated bottoms prevent dirt and debris from piling up.


One cost-effective idea is to re-purpose old bookshelves and entertainment stands as shelves in your shed. You can use these to store gardening items, small tool kits, and other items.

3. Wall storage

Even in the most spacious shipping container shed, floor space is at a premium. Reserve the floor space for items you can’t store on the wall, like mowers, rototillers, and other machinery. For everything else, consider whether it can be stored on the wall.

Build or buy adjustable shelving for the walls to store hand tools like hammers, screwdrivers, pliers, and other small equipment. You can also use these shelves to hold long pieces of material like wood or other building materials.

Installing a pegboard tool organizer on one of the walls is another great idea for storage. Installation is pretty simple – add the board to the wall, place hooks in the holes, and you’ve created an easy-access storage spot. Remember to put this in a location where you won’t be stacking things on the floor in front of it, which will make it a pain to access.


4. Swinging storage

One area of a shipping container shed most people don’t think of using for storage is on the inside of the door. Think of it as a swinging wall, adding hang hooks to store small supplies, long-handled tools like brooms and hoes, or wicker baskets or cubes to store nuts, bolts, screws, etc., and any other hardware.

The cool thing about using the doors for storage is that the doors open out, and the items stored on them will be outside of the shipping container and out of your way as you enter and exit. That gives you easy access inside your shed.

5. Go vertical

Now that you’ve plotted out the best ways to store things on the floor, walls, and doors of your shipping container shed, it’s time to take it to another level. To maximize the storage space in your shipping container shed, why not go vertical?

Think about purchasing a High-Cube shipping unit, which measures 9' 6" in height and 8' wide. That’s 1 foot taller than the standard 40-foot shipping container and provides extra space, which allows you to install overhead storage shelves or utility hooks to keep your shed floors clear.

You can get as complicated or simple as you'd like. If you want to get the kids’ bicycles out of the way or hang up extension cords or hoses, install some hooks in the ceiling. But if you really want to use that vertical real estate for storage and you’re handy with a drill, think about taking on a like installing a sliding ceiling storage system.

Spring is near, and now is the time to follow these tips to get your shipping container shed organized. You’ll thank yourself later when you don’t have to climb over tons of things in your shed to get your garden gloves. Learn more about how shipping containers are used as storage sheds here.