Now is a great time to reorganize your shed or portable building and really think about your organization structure. As you spend more time doing outside activities, you'll be going in and out of your shed a lot. So being organized from the beginning will give you more time to do the fun stuff!
There are some do’s and don’ts that are important to keep in mind while organizing your shed. So remember these things that shouldn’t be stored in a shed and tips on how to get the most use out of the space you have.
If you don’t own a shed, think about all the perks of having more space right in your backyard. A Cook building is sturdy, dependable, mobile and can be delivered in as little as 7-10 days after the order is processed. This is the perfect time to get your shed delivered and get organized! Learn more about all our great building features here!
Don’t: Store paint
In the summer, temperatures in your shed are too hot, and in the winter temperatures are too cold. Paint that is stored in extremely hot or cold temperatures will experience changes to its consistency, making it unusable.
Find a cool, dry place to store paint like a closet or in your home’s basement. Holding on to leftover paint is a good idea for touch-ups or to brighten up older furniture.
Do: Think horizontal and vertical
There is tons of wasted space in most sheds so make the most of all that great area you have. An easy way to do this is to get all the smaller stuff off the ground. This will provide more square footage for larger items like vehicles and lawn equipment.
Invest in some adjustable shelves to provide extra flexibility to store anything and everything vertically. Pegboards are another great way to increase your wall space. You can personalize them with paint and add hooks and hanging bins. They are easy to install, inexpensive and the most important feature -- extremely versatile.
Don’t: Store paper goods
It’s not a good idea to keep paper supplies like cups, plates, napkins, etc. in your shed. Paper goods can attract bugs and they definitely aren’t invited to your spring and summer cookouts. Instead leave all your paper goods in the kitchen pantry.
Do: Get creative
We have blogged before about reusing items you have on hand and repurposing them around your home. The same idea applies when organizing, so shop in your home before buying anything. And before tossing anything out, think how it can be used in different and more functional ways. Then, shop at dollar stores, garage salesor thrift stores for low cost essentials.
There are a million ideas of one thing being used in a different way, like an old muffin tin used to hold screws, nails and bolts, or cutting PVC pipe and attaching to the wall to hold long-handled tools. Be original and imaginative when tailoring your portable building to your specific needs.
Don’t: Store pet food
Although it would be more convenient to keep your outdoor pet’s food in your shed, it might also attract other critters and insects. If you store pet food in a cool, dry place away from sunlight, then it will last longer.
Do: Use it for almost everything
A shed is a great place to store nearly everything! Your Cook shed is a great place to keep most anything from large to small items and can even be converted into a tiny home.
A Cook Portable Warehouse provides more room for your stuff including lawn tools, gardening supplies, sports equipment, vehicles, lawnmowers, bicycles, kid’s stuff, camping supplies, charcoal and all those other outdoor supplies.
You can add accessories to make your shed even more functional and stylish! Check out the top 5!
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