Shed organisation: How to TRANSFORM your neglected shed this bank holiday

The Bank Holiday is almost upon us, so there’s no better time to clean and organise your shed. Experts at FarawayFurniture.com told us how to transform your neglected shed this weekend.

Robby Du Toit, the Managing Director of Sellhousefast.uk stressed how important it is to have a clean shed, especially when it comes to the value of your property.

He said: “The shed is an integral part of not only the garden but the whole property. Often, the shed is treated as an afterthought.

“However, the shed should not be neglected, and this upcoming bank holiday could be the perfect time to give your shed the love it deserves.

“A regularly cleaned shed makes your garden aesthetically pleasing, but also removes the hassle of dealing with the expensive problem of insects and rodents. Likewise, an organised shed makes it very easy to store and access essential items.

“From a financial perspective, a well-maintained shed can add nearly five percent to the value of a property, so shed care on a frequent schedule is highly encouraged”.

Read on to find out Faraway Furniture’s top tips.

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Clean up

First, remove everything from inside the shed so you can see what needs fixing.

Have a look and see if there are any spillages. Spills which have been left for time do not only become sticky but attract unwanted insects, so it is best to wipe down any spills with a combination of soap and warm water.

There is bound to be a few spiderwebs, so get a duster or hoover to easily get rid of them on the walls, corners, windows and door.

Don’t forget to clean the floor. Use a hoover or broom stick to remove all the dirt and dust from the floor.

Additionally, use an anti-bacterial cleaner and disinfectant to wipe/mop the floor. In the process, identify any loose floorboards and repair them as soon as possible.

What about the windows? There will undoubtedly be dirt covering the glass, so get a warm, wet cloth to wipe the frame of the windows clean. Use window spray to clean the glass and leave it shimmering.

Insect and rodent proofing

Rodents and insects are a nightmare, but they’re easy to prevent.

First of all, you have to remove all sources– like piles of cardboard, newspapers, or wood– that could become a potential habitat for them.

Check your shed for leaks, because puddles can facilitate the perfect breeding ground for insects. Inspect the shed siding, roof and plumbing to make sure no water has accumulated.

Don’t store any food, including canned goods, in the shed. This will significantly reduce the chance of attracting insects and rodents.

Make sure you seal all openings to the shed. Assess the shed to see if there are any visible openings for insects or rodents such as holes, cracks or crevices. If there are, use caulk to seal them up.

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Organisation

Before you put anything back in the shed, you need to declutter.

Put items into four categories: keep, donate, sell, or bin.

Everything you want to keep needs to be stored in an orderly manner so it is easy to find when you need it.

To differentiate between different groups so you can easily identify them, you should colour code your storage containers.

Assign a certain colour sticker depending on which category they belong to (for example, gardening is green, and sporting equipment is blue).

Keep sporting and fitness equipment in a laundry basket or hamper.

Fit a pegboard to your shed wall to enable you to easily access commonly used gardening and DIY tools such as screwdrivers and shears.

Alternatively, you can fit a magnetic tool organisation bar to hang small metal hand tools off the walls.

Got too much crockery in the kitchen? You can store your excess kitchenware in the garage, as long as you keep it separate from everything else.

Allocate a shelf, cupboard or large plastic storage box in your shed just for kitchenware. If you plan not to use them for some time, wrap everything in bubble wrap/plastic to keep it dust-free as well as protected.

Cords and hoses can be a nightmare if inadequately stored, and you can spend hours untangling these pesky things. This can be avoided by resting cords and hoses on strong hooks on the walls.

Chemicals like weed killer, pesticide spray, paint and auto care liquids are extremely toxic and could contaminate the flooring if spilt. Keep them all together in a big sturdy cardboard box or heavy-duty plastic bin.

Tiny hardware like nails, screws, and bolts are easily lost. You’ll often find them scattered all over the shed.

A hanging jar system can resolve this problem. Secure the lid of a jar on the bottom of a shelf with glue or screws and then unscrewing the jar from the lid when in need of a given small hardware piece. This makes for quick and convenient access.

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