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How to organise my shed

How to organise my shed

Have you ever ventured into your shed to fetch a certain something only to find yourself unexpectedly struggling to find it? Did you leave quickly, scratching your head and wondering “how can I organise my shed?” For such a small space, a shed can become untidy surprisingly quickly, which could lead you to wonder how to organise a shed or utilise self-storage solutions.

What is a shed? The Cambridge Dictionary website describes it as “a small building, usually made of wood, used for storing things”. Unfortunately, this very definition already hints at why a shed can too easily be overlooked by people endeavouring to tidy up and spring clean their homes. 

As a shed is neither large nor part of your main residential building, you might only enter that shed very occasionally. Furthermore, when you do, it could simply be to retrieve or leave something there rather than tidy it up from top to bottom. So, how could you change tack?

Before you organise a shed, empty it!

When you first got your shed, you might have envisioned using it to store very particular things, like DIY tools and garden equipment. Over time, though, you could have forgotten all of that and so ended up using your shed as a dumping ground for other items that shouldn’t really be there.

An open shed filled with tools in a garden.

That’s why, if you have decided to start sorting through your shed, it would be sensible for you to remove all of its loose contents and see which of them should go where. Once you have decided what to bin or possibly donate, you will need to find suitable storage space for the remaining items. 

“But I can’t get rid of that!”

Have you said this about anything you have found in the shed but lack enough room for elsewhere at home? If so, don’t fret too much, as you could consider transferring surplus items to self-storage units we offer for rental in West London.  

You don’t want to pay over the odds for temporary storage; after all, you’re not exactly likely to find a car in your shed. Fortunately, we offer a variety of units suitable for your shed “overflow” at our Richmond, Isleworth and Twickenham centres.

Explore potential shelving options for your shed

Alas, sheds don’t tend to come with shelves as standard. You might need to add some shelves yourself. The good news, however, is that there are many fun, creative ways you could do this. You could, for example, buy a potting bench or make your own from leftover wood.

Given the compact size of a shed, you could well need every single inch of space it offers. Consequently, it would be wise for you to invest in custom-fit shelving so that you can optimise your use of the shed’s wall space as far up as the eaves in the ceiling. 

Now, here’s a new side project for you…

It’s… finding ways to store items on the sides of your shed. If you have any fence panels going spare, you could also get those — and then turn them on their side before affixing them firmly to the back of your shed, allowing you to easily hang tools there.

One side of your shed could be an especially good place for you to attach a tool rack, as long-handled garden tools ought to be stored in an accessible but inconspicuous manner. Also, leaving them hanging off the rack will keep these tools suspended from the floor. 

Utilise door space to help organise your shed

A shed door can be a surprisingly useful place from which to hang various bits and pieces. On the door’s inside panel, you could hang hooks and baskets so that you would be able to hurriedly stash items you need to keep at close hand.

If your shed door is somewhat on the smaller side, you could resort to such space-efficient measures as using wire baskets, adding hooks and hanging narrow shelves on that it. Nonetheless, be careful not to weigh it down to a potentially damaging extent.

What shouldn’t you leave in a garden shed?

If your shed lacks any kind of insulation or humidity control, it wouldn’t be a good place to store canned food, as the metal of the containers could too easily rust and start forming holes. Meanwhile, photos left in a shed could, as a result, start sticking together or developing mould.

It’s also wise to check any boxes from your shed if you’re planning on taking them to self storage: they can often have mice or other little critters hibernating in them! Of course, tiny furry friends will be happy and healthy in your shed but they won’t do so well in self storage.

How can Currie Easy Self Storage help me to organise my shed?

Here at Currie Easy Self Storage, we’ve got your back if you’ve got no spare space. Has your shed has become strewn with objects you forgot you even had? Consider self-storage lockers to help you organise this outbuilding. 

If your shed isn’t the only cluttered space, have no fear – we can help! If you have a general enquiry to make about our London storage solutions, please contact us by phoning 08000 556 556 or emailing From there, we can answer further questions about how our team would be able to ease your efforts to organise a shed.