Do you avoid going out to your shed because opening it might cause an avalanche of clutter? Your shed is a great place to stash those hard-to-store items, but the space is no good to you if you can’t easily use it. These tips will help you organize your shed to maximize your storage space.
Take Inventory of What You Have
The first thing you’ll want to do is to take an honest inventory of what you currently have in your shed. Knowing what you’ll be sorting can help you figure out how to wrangle everything that’s getting organized. As you sort through the items, think ahead about what you’re keeping and what will get tossed.
Decide What to Keep and What to Get Rid Of
Knowing what to keep and what to toss or recycle is one of the most essential steps of organizing your shed. It can be hard to part with something you planned on keeping, but sometimes, alleviating the space can be a good idea. If you haven’t used it in a while, it may be time to let it go to the trash or donate it to someone else.
What You Should and Shouldn’t Keep In Your Shed
Your shed is the perfect place to keep items like bicycles, sporting goods, garden tools, and other things that don’t fit easily in your home or garage. There is no limit to what you can safely keep within your shed. But, safety is key. Don’t store things like food, propane tanks, hazardous materials, and similar items in your shed as they could be problematic.
Sort Similar Items Into Groups
Once you’ve decided what to keep, what to toss, and what to store elsewhere, it’s time to do some sorting. Organizing your shed can be easier when you store similar items together, such as putting all your small garden tools on a pegboard, all your sporting goods on a shelving unit and handheld tools and hardware in a workbench.
Visualize How to Store Items by Zones
After you have everything sorted, you can then determine which zones make sense for particular items. For example, lawn tools like shovels, rakes and hoses should be kept together, while handtools like screwdrivers, hammers and drills kept together. Once the items are in zones, you’ll easily be able to find anything you need.
Arrange Tools by Use
You can go even deeper into your organizational efforts and arrange your tools organized by what you use them for. For example, your specialty car tools versus your general tools can be similar, but when you’re in a rush, you want to find the right one for the job quickly. Separating them and arranging them in this manner can help you find things quickly.
Add Storage Solutions
You can better organize your shed by installing storage solutions, like shelving units and storage bins. One great way to open up floor space is by installing pegboards and ceiling hooks. Utilizing this type of shed storage can help you get the most out of your wall space too. The great thing is that you can mix and match these solutions to customize based on your needs.
How to Maintain Your Organization
You’ve done the hard work, and now your shed is organized. What next? You’ll want to continually ensure that your organization scheme works and that you reassess when you add something new.
You’ve tackled your shed’s organization, but realize that you need more space. That’s where we can come in to help. Contact us today to learn more about how a storage unit can help you keep hold of what’s important while still having a clutter-free environment at home.