Now that winter is finally over, you can start reorganizing your shed to make room for
your spring and summer yard supplies. Keeping things organized can be pretty tricky, especially in the upcoming months when you’re going to be in and out of your shed more often. We’ve put together a list of the do’s and don’ts of shed organization to help you figure out what and what not to store in your shed and how to get the most use out of your space.
First of all, although a shed seems like the ultimate place to store all sorts of items, however there are some things you should store elsewhere.
Don’t store paint in your shed. In the summer, your shed will surely get pretty toasty as temperatures rise. If paint is stored in extremely hot or cold temperatures, its consistency will change, leaving it unusable. Instead, find a cool, dry place for your paint, such as a basement or closet inside your home.
Don’t store paper goods – cups, plates, napkins – in your shed. Although it would be more convenient to be able to keep them in there for outdoor barbeques or picnics, paper goods can attract cockroaches and other types of bugs. That’s the last thing you want in your shed! Leave the paper goods in the kitchen pantry.
Don’t store pet food in your shed. It might make sense to do so if you have outdoor pets. Yet raccoons, opossums, and other animals may be able to sniff the food out. You don’t want them hanging around your shed! Plus, insects might get in there, too. It’s best to store the food in a cool, dry place out of the sunlight so that it will last longer.
Don’t worry! There are, of course, many things you can store in your shed. Tools, gardening supplies, sports equipment, lawnmowers, bicycles… the list goes on and on!
Do invest in adjustable shelves. It’s best to work vertically when trying to save space. Getting everything off of the ground and onto shelves will help you maximize your square footage. Adjustable shelves are an ideal option since they give you the flexibility to store supplies of different sizes.
Do give pegboards a try. We’ve written about the magic of pegboards before and to sum it up, you can use hooks, bins, and more to hang all sorts of items – from power tools to screwdrivers, hoses to sprinklers, and paintbrushes to gardening sheers. The possibilities are endless. You can even paint the pegboard so as to designate a spot for each and every item. They’re easy to install, versatile, and truly are one organizational tool you don’t want to pass up.
Do get creative! Sometimes you have to get a little imaginative to save space and organize things efficiently. Need a place for small screws, nails, bolts, and other tiny hardware? Try attaching muffin tins or plastic food jars to the underside of shelves! Mount pieces of PVC pipe to the wall to organize your shovels, rakes, hoes, and other long-handled tools. You can attach a wicker basket to the door of your shed for those tools that you use often. All of these solutions will save space while keeping things nice and tidy.