How to Organize Your Shed This Spring

How to Organize Your Shed This Spring
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    Winter's last gasp has homeowner's thoughts turning to spring, a season of renewal.

    That also means that traffic at garden centers will boom as customers shop for flowers, grass seed, fertilizer, new mowers, top soil, and much more.

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All that “stuff” has to be stored somewhere and the logical place is in the shed. Just the same, the shed may not have the room required to hold all your new items, making the next few weeks an ideal time to organize your shed as spring takes hold.

1. Clear it out. Take everything out of the shed except for the flooring. You can’t begin to get it organized until you assess what you have and what you will keep.

2. Get rid of it. Review everything that you have on hand including your newly purchased items. Top soil can stay out of the shed as can any planters that will soon hold soil and plants this spring. That old lawn mower is only taking up room. Along with anything else that you won’t be using in the year ahead those items should be tossed, donated or sold.

3. Put up shelves. If your shed is suitable for hanging up shelves, then do so. Shelves can be attached to peg boards or straddle pillars. Use the shelving to hold smaller items that are taking up room such as lawn tools, roping, and small pots.

4. Use containers. For items too big to sit on the shelf and too small to take up floor space, use plastic containers to hold them. Open containers can hold a hoe, rake, and other garden utensils. A closed container can store fertilizer, grass seed, and other materials that you do not want to expose to the outdoors. Stackable containers can be a space saver too.

5. Put up peg board. If you don’t have walls, peg board is a good substitute. A peg board can hold up hand tools, power tools, rakes, and shovels with mounting hooks or spring-loaded clamps holding these items in place. Just hang everything high enough so that your tools are not exposed to the floor.

6. Make use of roping. For sheds with a tall peak, you have dead space that can be utilized. String a rope from front to back or from side to side. Use it to hold empty hanging plant containers when the season changes. For a particularly sturdy shed, a rope pulley can be useful for lifting a bicycle or light equipment up and out of the way.

Shed Essentials

Getting your shed organized takes discipline — both to get the job done and to decide what should stay and what should go. And if your shed just doesn’t have the room for everything that you need, a new shed or a second garden shed may be required.

See AlsoMake the Most of Your Garden Shed

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".