The main reason that anyone tends to have a shed in their garden is for the storage that it provides them. The odd person may choose to build a shed as a feature or to enhance the look of the garden, but as a whole, sheds are practical for most gardeners. This being said, many gardeners do not utilise their shed to the best of their ability, leaving it messy and chaotic, meaning that it actually creates more problems than it solves and that sorting out the shed just becomes another job that is added to the ever growing to do list.
Deciding to take a day out to organise your shed does, to most people, sound like a waste of time. Why would you want to spend time sorting out your shed when the grass needs mowing and there are bulbs that need to be planted? It is often bumped down in the list of priorities, with very few people realising what having an organised shed can really do.
Keeping your shed organised helps to keep your gardening organised, ensuring that it can always be an enjoyable experience, rather than something that you grow to hate. A tidy shed allows you to quickly and easily see what tools you have, what seeds and bulbs you have and what supplies you may be running out of, making for efficient gardening, and so saving time in the long run.
Organisation isn’t always easy and there are many, many different ways that people choose to organise their sheds, depending on what is in them. If you use your shed to store DIY supplies as well as gardening equipment, you may want to split the shed into DIY and gardening, ensuring that you know where everything is. This is where things such as jam jars can come in handy, allowing you to keep small objects such as different types of nails easily separated. When it comes to organising your seeds, some people will opt for filing the packets into sections of either a folder or box, by season or type of plant. This is a great way to stop seed packets being scattered around the shed, also allowing you to see what you have planted and what you need to plant, letting you refer back.
On top of small organisation solutions, it can be a good idea to organise the tools in your shed too. Whether this be by storing smaller tools such as trowels, secateurs or forks in large plastic drawers that you can label so you know where things are, to installing hooks to hang the larger tools on, it is all about planning what will work best for you with the space that you have available.
It may sound very insignificant, organising a shed, but you really will be surprised by the effect of having a tidy storage space. Yes, there may be other jobs that you would rather be doing, but by setting aside a day to organise your shed, not only may you discover some hidden gems, but you’ll be making life a lot easier in the future too.