Keeping Your Shed Clutter Free
Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated September 25, 2023)
Have you ever noticed how similar a garden shed can be to your garage? They are both locations that are perfect for storing things, and as such they can easily become a cluttered mess. Keeping your shed clutter free is a task that shouldn't only be done as a last resort. Instead, it is a project that you should be doing from the very beginning. To keep the shed from becoming such a cluttered mess, simply follow these guidelines.
- Keep in mind your purpose. When you start designing your shed, be sure to keep in mind how cluttered it can get. This means that you need to take time to think about what the purpose of the shed is going to be. Will you be doing a lot of vegetable gardening, or are you more interested in doing landscaping work? The purpose you envision will effect how you organize your shed, and what you keep in your shed.
- Be sure that you have the right tools. Make sure that you have the right tools to keep your shed clutter free. These are tools that you can use to help organize your shed, rather than tools you use to do gardening work. Some of the tools that you may want to use are things like peg boards, nails, hooks, trashcans, and sand. These tools will allow you to hang up the gardening tools, store them, and keep them clean.
- Periodically clean everything out. Take out all of the tools and other items that you have in the shed. This will give you a clean slate to work with. Once you have the shed completely cleaned of all tools, items, and materials begin to clean the shed as well. Get rid of any dirt, dust, spider webs, and trash that you find. This is often the most time consuming aspect of keeping your shed clutter free.
- Keep and discard. When you do clean everything out, be sure that you create two piles for your garden shed items. These piles will be of items that you want to keep, and those that you need to get rid of. Into the keep pile place every item which can be of use to you, while in the discard pile you place any thing that is broken, unusable, or simply trash.
- Restock your shed. Keep on top of what you need, and what you can get later. This means that you should be taking inventory of your tools and supplies. The easiest way to do this is by ensuring that every item has its place, and that every item is in its place. This will allow you to know by a quick glance what you need, and what you don't need. For more detailed inventories, write down what you have and what you don't have. When you run out of items or tools, be sure to cross that particular item off of the list.
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