The shed can be somewhat of a sanctuary for some people. Full of the smells of earth, the shed should be an organized haven; tidy, attractive, and practical.
However, more often than not, it can be a place to store all manner of clutter. From old tools that are far past their best to broken lawnmowers and children’s bikes that haven’t been used for years. Unfortunately, sheds are not the most secure of places and are often broken into, so they don’t make the most effective self-storage options, and the more clutter they have inside them that isn’t organized, the less useful they are as a whole.
Here we look at some ways for you to organize your shed effectively so it can become the practical outdoor sanctuary it was meant to be.
What do you need in there?
Think about what you need in your shed. There are some essential items that no shed should be without. Remember with heavy-duty tools that will be used a lot you get what you pay for, so think quality over price where possible, so you don’t end up replacing the tools more often than you need to.
The following items are shed essentials:
- Gardening gloves – most people will have a pair of soft weeding gloves and some thicker gloves for dealing with harder garden materials.
- A lawnmower – those with minimal areas of grass tend to have manual lawnmowers or small electric versions which don’t take up much space. For larger areas of grass, a petrol run model is needed which will inevitably be much more significant, therefore, taking up more space in the shed.
- Hand tools – hand tools are items like trowels, spades, and forks (large and small), secateurs, and hedge trimmers.
How do I organize my shed?
This is the significant bit because it makes the difference between having a shed full of random stuff, and having an organized shed with useful space for short or long term storage, and containing well maintained valuable items. Sometimes, if you have a small hutshed, the only way to have an indeed organized space is to make use of a self-storage unit to store those valuable items that are not required all year round.
The first step is to go through everything in there and get rid of the items that have degraded beyond repair, or that are useless in every sense of the word. If you have items in there that really shouldn’t be like old bikes and toys, consider putting them in a self-storage until you have decided what to do with them.
You will then need to take everything out and think practically about what you need inside the shed to store those items effectively.
Here are some useful storage ideas for storing items in the shed:
- Hooks – these are always useful, make sure they aren’t in the way of where your head goes otherwise, you could end up hurting yourself.
- Shelves – where there is a shelf, there are items that will go on it. The ever-useful shelf could be an excellent addition to your shed if you have lots of pots and jars that have nowhere to go. Consider getting a rack with ridges if you’re planning on putting paint tins and other spillable items on it, so they stay secure and don’t fall.
- A worktop – this could be for working on little projects like potting plants and is, of course, additional space for jars and other items as well.
- A good stand or box – if you have a set of garden wellies you put on religiously every time you work in the garden, keep them in the shed on a welly stand, this could be an upturned box.
Remember to be as creative as you like with your shed and you’ll start to feel like you’ve created a very personal space that is both practical and attractive. A shed is a place for upcycling unused items, so don’t be afraid to think out of the box and use random things to serve practical purposes.
If you go to car boots, keep your eye out for cheap cuts of wood and old jars and tins that could be used effectively in your outdoor sanctuary. The sooner you’ve got it how you want it, the sooner you can get in there enjoying it with radio, a cup of tea and a tin of biscuits.