The garden sheds, summer houses, garden workshops and log cabins are some of the most useful pieces of garden equipment you can buy and is indispensable for most home owners. However, like many items looking after it and keeping it in order can often get overlooked even with the best intentions in the world. We all say when the new building arrives that you will keep this it shipshape but before you know it the shed is full of clutter and all those items you are keeping ‘just in case’.
The key to organising your shed is to decide what you are going to use it for. Is it going to be just a garden store, are you going to start seeds off in there or are you going to use it for a garden workshop or hobby room? When you have decided then you can work out what needs to go where and what shelves or cupboards are needed to help keep it in order.
Quite often there is so much in the shed it’s an idea to take everything out of it and lay it out. By doing so you can sort out all the tools, cans and bit and pieces into some sort of order. With the shed clear, you can see where you can put shelves and possibly a workbench. If you have a shed with a pent roof (single sloping or mono pitch similar to these ones) you can put a shelf just above the window. By doing so you can utilise this wasted space. If you can have a bench under the window then you have easy access to this area.
Take a good look at all the items out of your shed. Are there items which have not been touched for years and are unlikely to be needed, then these are candidates for disposing of. When you do this you do need to be brutal and very hard headed as it’s very easy to think ‘it may come in’. Well, it might but your numbers on the lottery may come in and you know how likely that is.
It quite possible that some of your tat could be converted into money by selling on eBay. If you don’t think anyone would want those items or you don’t want the hassle then put them on https://uk.freecycle.org/ where more or less anything will be snapped up. A great way to save on landfill and the recipient would be very grateful.
When you have your shelves up then you can start to return some items to your shed. Your garden tools can be hung on purpose made pegs or nails and this will help to keep them tidy. This can apply to any amount of tools which helps to keep the shed in order. A range of plastic boxes, ideally with lids, are ideal for keeping screws, nails etc in order. By labelling them it will be a lot easier to find what you are looking for.
Compost and seeds also can be stored in plastic containers. This will help to keep it dry for when you need it. A lockable store cupboard is a good idea for those garden chemicals and other nasties. This will ensure that any children will be safe if they get into the shed, however, you should keep it locked where ever children are about or ensure they are well supervised.
Bikes, lawn mowers and garden tools used regularly should be towards the door for ease of access. If you put them at the back it will always be a struggle to gain access to them and may cause some choice words to be uttered. By thinking ahead you can reduce any stress and ensure the shed is a relaxing place.
After the summer is over there will be other items to go in there such as the barbecue and garden furniture. Try to think about where this will go so you can still access the required garden tools throughout the winter. With a little bit of thought and planning your shed will enhance your home living even more than ever. You know it makes sense to put this job on your ‘to do’ list now.