Summer has come to an end. While we’re sad to see the warm days go it’s more important now than ever to make sure you have all of your fun outside gear properly stored away for the colder months ahead.
It’s one thing to keep your belongings stored in your garage. However, as many of us know, that can quickly get out of hand as your garage becomes more of a storage unit than a place to park your car safely; struggle with the upkeep no longer, as we have prepared a few tips and tricks to help you keep your outdoor storage clean and organized all winter long! If you already have one of these then you’ll understand how they too can become rather unorganized if left unattended! This is where a shed or a storage container can come in handy.
First thing’s first, you need to make sure your shed or storage container is clean and free of any debris. If you have any container, bench, or patio box to be used for outside storage, it must be kept in a somewhat covered area. This will help to protect your storage area from the elements. Depending on the strength of your storage container and the severity of weather you get throughout the year, this may not be necessary. However, suppose you live somewhere with frequent harsh storms or high rates of snowfall in the winter. In that case, your climate could end up taking a severe toll on your storage container and making it challenging to protect anything stored inside, whether that be tools, patio cushions, or pool floats.
After you have a clean space to work with, we can get started on the fun part. One of the best ways to optimize your shed’s space is with shelves. Whether it be built-in shelves, freestanding metal shelves, or a repurposed old bookshelf, having enough shelf space in your shed is going to be essential to keeping the floors clean. Shelves are a great place to store smaller storage totes, baskets holding gardening supplies or loose hardware like screws or nails, or fun outside items for your kids.
It’s important to keep anything dangerous, such as tools or hardware, out of reach of children or pets. You can easily do this by putting kids’ items, such as chalk, sports equipment, bubbles, pool toys, or other outside toys on the lower shelves where children can reach them without having to climb. The middle shelves can then be used for storage totes and maybe gardening tools, while more dangerous tools and supplies and any hazardous chemicals, pesticides, etc., can go on top shelves where they are far out of reach to curious hands. In other areas, you may be able to install floating shelves to keep certain items out of reach without taking up valuable floor space, like the ones seen below.
Another useful storage tactic for your shed is to install pegboards, such as the ones above, or magnetic strips along the walls to hold your tools and keep them out of reach. You can also install a simple rack or metal track along the wall to store your long-handled gardening tools and wheelbarrow. A similar system can be put in place to hang bikes on.
With the help of a few simple, easy storage adjustments such as those listed above, your shed can be kept clean and organized all year long, and its floor space can be maximized to hold things that can’t go up high and are more frequently used, like a mower or kids bikes.