Spring Is the Season to Organize Your Shed

It’s that time of year again, when the grass starts to grow, the flowers begin to bloom, and your thoughts turn to yardwork and garden planting. If it’s been awhile since you organized the contents of your outdoor storage building—especially if you accumulated a lot of clutter during the cold months of winter—then it’s also the perfect time to get your shed ready for the spring and summer months just ahead.

Here are some quick tips to get your backyard garden shed organized and ready for use.

Empty the shed and start fresh.

Before you get started with anything else, pull everything out of your shed and organize the contents into piles of similar items. Decide if anything needs to be donated or tossed out, and then divide what’s left by seasonal use. Anything you only use in the fall and winter months should be put back into the shed in out of the way places: loft storage, shelf tops, and back corners. The items you will use in spring and summer should be placed in locations that are visible and easy to access as you need them.

Clean your shed’s interior.

While everything is out of your shed, clean the interior thoroughly before you begin putting items back in. Wipe down flat surfaces such as shelves and workbenches, using cleaner on any stains or tough dirt spots. Wash the shed windows and sweep the floors, making sure to get in the corners where dirt and debris can accumulate. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, you might take the opportunity to give the interior a fresh coat of paint.

Arrange your tools.

Keep your frequently-used tools close at hand, using shelves, pegboards, and bins. Short lengths of PVC pipe attached to the wall make perfect holders for handled tools like shovels and rakes. Flower pots, baskets, mason jars, and empty paint cans make good receptacles for hand tools and hardware. If you have a label maker, it can be useful to label containers so that you can easily find what you’re looking for at a quick glance.

Invest in containers.

If you keep potting soil, mulch, fertilizer, seed, or other bags of loose material inside your shed, consider purchasing 5-gallon buckets or 10-gallon trash cans with lids to store them. You can keep the materials in their bags, but keep the bags inside the containers. That way, you reduce the chances of spilling, and you deter pests from getting into the material and making a big mess.

Your garden shed is an investment in protecting your valuable belongings. Keep your shed clean and organized so that it remains practical and useful for many seasons.

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