A Tidy Shed is a Tidy Mind (and a Better Garden)
It’s that time of year when your shed becomes messy. None of us can help it, in spite of our best efforts. Inevitably, rain arrives as you finish mowing and it’s a case of ‘quick, get the mower away’ and it’s never in the right place, comfortably nestling under the benching. Nope, it’s slap-bang in the way of the door. Same with the mountain of now redundant cloches, tangles of netting, tumbleweed and horticultural fleece. But you can change your ways. Really.
The first job in turning a shed tidy is to throw away anything that is surplus to requirements. It is so much more efficient to take a photograph of the can of paint, for matching purposes, than keeping the can itself. The contents of which will be ‘off’ - pigments will have separated and a thick skin will be rendering the paint useless. Trust me - I’ve done it. Opened, three-quarters-empty compost bags need to be used or consolidated with the other five bags in identical states. Think space. And that frees up a lot of it.
Never underestimate the use of cleaned out jam jars. Small, fiddly bags of screws and nails are a pain. Especially if you spill the contents and walk on them. Consolidate into a couple of jam jars and suddenly you have bench space.
That benching is invaluable in making the most of the mid-space in your shed. A great place is created beneath the benching for the mower with folding arms, while the benching itself is perfect for boxes of fertiliser and baskets of daily-use tools. A trowel to-hand is so much more efficient than rummaging around as your daffodils demand planting. Same goes for your secateurs.
Shelving in a shed instantly lifts your stuff off the floor, out of random boxes and gives it a place. It’s easy to install shelving into wooden sheds but why not allow Shedstore to give you a helping hand? You should also try a few hooks. Purely practical, or with a dash of elegance, hooks will prevent your garden tools from flicking back and hitting you in the face, as well as tidying things up beautifully to allow easy access. And that means better gardening.
There are two areas of a shed that many gardeners ignore. First the roof space. A couple of well secured lengths of rope soon become fixing points for that hard-to-house ladder. Or oversize bamboo canes prior to runner bean planting time. The second is the back of the shed door. It’s a vast area of potential with strong bracing, perfect for coat hooks and clocks. If it's small, can hang and is used every day in the garden, then it has to go on the back of the shed door. My own shed door is plastered in secateurs, hand trowels, tape measures, a soil thermometer and even gloves. And a small hand-brush for ensuring the greenhouse stays clean most of the time.
Once a shed is tidy you will want to go into it and use it. And the inevitable result of that is more gardening. And that equates to a better garden. Easy!