When I’m helping clients declutter, I am always finding DIY and garden items around the house. This is usually if we’re sorting out the kitchen, utility/ laundry room or hallway. Tools, garden seeds, twine etc are in various spots around the place and ideally they belong out in the garden shed or in the garage.
An organised shed gives us a home for all these bits and pieces that are taking up space in the house. As summer arrives and the garden comes into focus, the shed takes on even more importance, because it can help us sort out the garden. But if we’re fighting to get the lawnmower out it’s not going to make getting these jobs done very enjoyable.
The shed is also a great small organising project to tackle. You can see good results in a short period of time with a quick shed declutter. So here are some of my top tips to get your garden shed into tip top shape!
- Zone the shed
In every shed, there’s three walls and a door. That’s it! Plan out what is to go on each wall well.
Are you using the shed for the garden? For DIY? Both? Or are you using it as extra storage?
Decide how you’re going to use it first of all, and then it will be easier to separate out the areas of the shed. For example, you may wish to put in a little counter so that you can pot plants. Great idea, but it takes up space. Can you afford it? If so, then plan all your other garden accessories around it.
Before you do anything though, put the big items in first that need to live on the floor, such as:
Large compost bags
2. Shelves, Hooks and more Hooks
Getting things up off the floor is the aim of the game when organising almost every space. To do so in a tiny shed might be a little ambitious but you should never plan the organisation of anywhere without having this in the back of your mind.
Hooks are straight forward enough. Perhaps on the back of the door or either side of it might be a good idea.
This is where you use your walls to the max. Get these hanging up as much as possible. Not only will it save space, but they will be much quicker to grab and go.
4. Use Mason Jars
These jars are so handy for so many garden and DIY accessories.
The items you can put into them are endless; keeping them organised and easy to use! Such as:
- Plant and Vegetable labels
- Plant Labels
- Plant ties
5. Don’t forget outside the shed
Yes, don’t forget that the outside walls of your shed can be useful too.
Add some hooks at the door or along one of the walls. Choose carefullly, you don’t want too many hooks scattered all over the shed surface! Or placing a little basket on the outside would be good too.
Hooks could be used for:
Garden jack or apron
Your kneeling cushion
While the basket could hold:
Garden scissors and other small tools
If you have a shed or small outdoor space that you’re trying to get organised, why not tell us all about it?! We’d love to hear how you get on!
Sarah, thanks for the post and just in time. My garden shed has to be emptied so as it can be insulated, to protect my electrical stuff kept in there. So with it emptied now is the time to clean out what rubbish and organise whats left. So me finding your post was just in time.