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Spring Cleaning Your Shed


Create More Floor Space

Spring cleaning gives you the chance to organize your shed and create more space inside the structure. One specific way to do this is to install large hooks or even a tool rack on one wall so you can hang up your large tools. So instead of taking up valuable floor space, I suggest you hang your rakes, brooms, and shovels on the wall. There are even hooks designed to support the weight of a wheelbarrow! It’s much easier to sweep the cobwebs and leaves off of the floor of your shed when you don’t have to move a lot of brooms and rakes that are propped in one corner.

Keep Your Seed Packets Organized

Is there anything more frustrating than trying to find one particular seed packet in a drawer that is crowded with them? Save yourself some trouble by organizing your seed packets in a clear container with a lid. It should be about the size of a shoebox. You can set up the container like a recipe box and make labels for various types of seeds. Your seed packets will be protected from pets and other furry intruders, and you’ll be able to find what you need right away.

Use an Old Garbage Can for Potting Soil

Trying to pick up a heavy bag of potting soil to pour some into a small clay pot can result in a big mess on the floor of your shed. Instead, you can keep your bag of potting soil in a plastic garbage can with a lid. Put a small metal or plastic scoop inside the bag so you can take out the amount you need. Plus, if you happen to spill some potting soil, it will go into the garbage can instead of onto the floor. The lid on the can prevents pets and other animals from disturbing the bag.

Buckets Can Do Double-Duty

A bucket can take up a lot of space on the floor of your shed. You may want to try hanging your buckets on wall hooks. From there, use them for storing garden gloves, old rags, or gardening aprons. If you need to use the bucket, simply put its contents aside until your task is done.

Invest in a Pegboard and a Set of Hooks

A pegboard is a must-have if you like to keep smaller tools in your shed. Just hang containers of nails, screws, washers, and other small items on hooks stuck into the pegboard. Also, a pegboard is an ideal place to keep hammers, wrenches, pliers, and screwdrivers. By storing them on a pegboard, these tools are out of the way and easy to find when you need them. If you don’t want to put up a pegboard, you can design a tool wall that offers a place for all of your small tools.

These ideas are easy to put into practice as you start to make more use of your shed this spring. Thanks for reading! – Alan

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