No more chaos

No more chaos: how to organise your garden shed

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A garden shed can be indispensable when it comes to protecting tools and equipment from the elements. However, many people approach their sheds with a feeling of dread, knowing the chaos they will be confronted with when they open the door. Read on for some great tips on tackling the untacklable, and creating the workspace you’ve always dreamed of.

Be ruthless

The first stage of tidying usually involves having an honest think about what you do and don’t need. If there is something that has been lying there untouched for over a year, ask yourself whether it really is likely to come in useful any time soon. If the likelihood seems fairly remote, then it could be time to rehome it with a neighbour or charity shop.

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Be creative in your search for space

If, after tidying, you are still short of space, you may have to be a bit creative. When all existing shelves are full, it’s time to turn your attention to any empty spaces on the walls or ceiling of your garden shed. If you don’t feel like attempting any complicated DIY, a simple and useful solution is to add nails or hooks to hang individual, larger tools on. This has the added advantage of displaying the tools clearly, so that you can find them more easily. Don’t forget that the door can also be a handy place to add a basket for lighter items that you use on a regular basis.

Make sure your shed is safe

Many people store toxic or flammable chemicals such as fuels, paints and pesticides in their garden sheds. Always be aware of possible hazards, keeping potentially harmful substances out of the way of children and pets. It is important to keep them in their original containers too: filling them into other containers to save space may seem like a good idea, but the new container would lack the vital information on safe storage, and could also lead to dangerous leaks or mix ups. Don't put off getting rid of old substances either. If they have been standing around for too long or you just don’t think you are likely to use them anymore, you can easily find out on the internet how to dispose of them safely. Not only will this create more space, it will also mean one less unnecessary risk for you and anyone else with access to your shed.

Sort and label

It may sound boring and time consuming, but think about how good it could be! Just imagine how it would feel to walk into your newly tidied garden shed, full of confidence, and be able to locate the right-sized screws straight away. And spontaneously doing a bit of pruning would seem like a much more realistic and tempting option if you knew that you would only need a few seconds, rather than half an hour, to find the secateurs.

There´s no place like garden shed

Finally, why not add a few personal touches? If your garden shed has a window, maybe you could introduce a pot plant or two. Or if your shed is big enough and you’ve really done a good job of creating space, bring in a chair, a good book and a cup of coffee, and discover a whole new way of enjoying your garden!

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Give your garden shed the attention it deserves and you will enjoy the results every time you walk through the door. You will be amazed how quick and easy gardening tasks become when you know just where to find everything. Put in that bit of extra effort, and you may even be able to create yourself a mini holiday home, right in the middle of your garden!