5 Garden Shed Organizing Tips and 7 Things to Never Store in a Shed

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garden shed organization tipsWith people nesting at home this summer, gardening is more popular than ever. Even people without a green thumb are cleaning up and organizing their outside spaces so let’s look at some garden storage and shed organization tips.

5 Tips for How to Organize Your Garden Storage Shed

The biggest mistake homeowners and gardeners make is to just plop things into it haphazardly. That sounds obvious, but too few homeowners take a strategic approach to shed storage.

  1. Install a tool rack.
  2. Being able to hang rakes, brooms, shovels, etc. eliminates a tripping hazard, makes the shed neater and the tools easier to grab in a hurry. Tool racks come in a variety of styles and designs, including magnetic versions.

  3. Install shelving along the walls.
  4. That can be simple free-standing shelves, but for extra security consider anchoring them.

  5. Use the wall space.
  6. In addition to lining the walls with shelving, consider installing a pegboard for smaller items. That can hold hand tools, small bins or jars of screws, nails, etc., and more.

  7. If you garden, add a potting bench.
  8. While we might dream of a fancy one like Martha Stewart’s, a simple, dedicated area for potting, transplanting, etc. plants will keep the mess all in one place. Some designs even help with garden storage, with features including slots or bins for tools, extra potting soil, etc.

  9. For other items, use plastic storage totes.
  10. One with a lid that snaps or locks tight is best. Depending upon the shelving you’ve added to the shed, you can store the bins or totes on the shelf.

7 Things You Shouldn’t Store in a Garden Shed:

Not everything should be stored in a garden shed. Because they’re not usually insulated, sheds are subjected to temperature extremes. Humidity, bugs, and nuisance animals can also be a problem.

  1. Food
  2. This includes canned food, which could rust in the extreme weather, and dry food, which could attract rodents.

  3. Photographs
  4. Humidity can wreck them as can extreme temperatures. Store them indoors in a safe, dry place.

  5. Electronics
  6. Freezing can damage electrodes, rust can damage wiring, and plasma TVs require a consistent, moderate temperature.

  7. Glue & paint
  8. Freezing can cause lumps in both, and extreme temperatures can cause them to breakdown.

  9. Cloth
  10. Whether clothing or bedding, cloth stored in a shed could be nibbled by insects, become musty or even be damaged by extreme heat.

  11. Wine
  12. Some people store wine in their garden sheds during the winter, thinking it’s a good place to keep it cool. The problem is that inconsistent temperatures can give the wine a metallic taste. Forgetting about it and leaving it there when the weather turns hot is also a problem.

  13. Musical instruments
  14. Temperature extremes can warp wooden instruments. Humidity shifts can corrode brass instruments.

Box&Co. Makes It Easy to Get Organized

If you need more storage space, Box&Co. can make things incredibly easy for you. All you have to do is ask for storage containers, and we’ll deliver them. You pack your items and when you’re ready, we’ll pick your stuff up and store it. We’ll return your items when they’re needed, and you can keep track of your stored items online. Our on-demand storage is especially useful for seasonal items that take up needed space. To learn more or to get started on your project, contact the organization experts at Box&Co. today.