8 Shed Organization Hacks and Tips to Use in Your Spring Cleaning
Updated: Jan 14
According to a national ACI survey, 78 percent of Americans engage in spring cleaning every year. However, around 20 percent of participants claimed that they don’t engage in spring cleaning because they don’t know how to do it or don’t have time. That’s unfortunate because spring cleaning gives you a fresh start for the new year and keeps your belongings organized and in good condition. This can be especially important for outdoor storage spaces like sheds. Additionally, properly organized sheds can save you time in the long run because you won’t have to spend as much time searching for specific belongings or yard equipment and decorations.
Whether you’re a spring cleaning pro or you’re not sure where to start, here are the best hacks and tips to use when organizing outdoor sheds.
The 8 Best Hacks and Tips to Organize Your Storage Shed
Are you searching for the best, easiest way to organize your storage shed? Look no further. Here are the eight best hacks and tips for organizing your storage shed.
1. Remove Everything From Your Storage Shed to Get Started
It’s challenging to organize a storage shed while your belongings are still present. Therefore, we recommend that you take out everything from your shed before beginning your organization project. While doing so may seem time-consuming, it will help you increase the efficiency of your shed, maximize your storage space, and save you time whenever you’re searching for a particular item.
2. Donate, Sell, or Toss Anything You Don’t Need
Almost everyone holds onto items they don’t really need. Maybe you haven’t touched an item you have stored in your shed for years, or perhaps you have duplicate lawn equipment or ornaments. One of the most significant impacts on the clutter in your storage is likely items you should consider selling, donating, or tossing. Be ruthless when it comes to this step in the organization. You’ll be thankful for it later.
3. Gather Up Similar Items to Store Together
Storing like items will help you retrieve your personal belongings faster. For example, you’ve probably got all of your tools stored together for easy access, right? The same can be applied to the rest of your belongings in your storage shed.
4. Evaluate Your Storage Space and Plan Everything Before Returning Items to the Shed
Before you place anything back into your shed, you need to have a plan. You should always evaluate your storage space, including its size, any additional shelving or features that you may use, and what items you use more frequently. Items frequently used should be more accessible than belongings that only see the light of day once every year, such as holiday decorations. Other factors you may want to consider include:
How you’ll store small items, such as nails and screws
How much space do you have? Is it enough to store all of the items that you’d like to keep in your storage shed?
Are any of the items you are storing temperature-sensitive?
What items do you use the most, and how can you ensure they’re more accessible?
5. Labels, Labels, Labels!
If you’re like most homeowners, you’re probably storing many of your belongings in totes. When it comes to totes and other common storage containers, labeling is key to your success. Labeled containers let you know their contents after you’ve forgotten, reducing the time it will take you to find something in the future.
6. Utilize All of Your Shed’s Shelves, Cabinets, and Other Accessories
Depending on your storage shed’s designs, your shed may include shelves, cabinets, or other accessories that make organization easier. Different storage accessories can tremendously increase storage space, organization, and overall efficiency. Additionally, it can be good to use adjustable shelves for extra space where necessary.
7. Protect Your Belongings From Extreme Temperatures
While there are items that you should never store in an outdoor shed, some things that can be stored are still sensitive to temperature. As a result, we recommend choosing totes and other storage containers that are airtight. Not only will these containers help keep your belongings safe from extreme temperatures, but from rodents, bugs, and other wildlife.
8. Know What Not to Store in an Outdoor Storage Shed
As previously mentioned, there are several items that you should never store in an outdoor shed. These items include:
Photos and photo albums
Paper goods, including documents and artwork
Potentially hazardous materials, including chemicals, paint, and glue that’s sensitive to extreme temperatures
Canned food, pet food, or any other kind of food
Appliances and electronics
Soft toys, clothing, or bedding
Leather or wood furniture
Wine and spirits
Make Organization Easy With a One-of-a-Kind Design
The right storage shed design can make all the difference in your organization efforts. If your current shed is not up to snuff or you’ve been considering getting a new one, consider getting a one-of-a-kind design that’s tailored to your needs and preferences.