Each season has its own storage challenges. You may have an almost empty garage or shed during the Christmas season, but then after the holidays you’re desperate for more space. Or, during Summer you may purchase some new yard tools (or toys!) and discover your space just isn’t large enough for everything.
Clutter. Clutter everywhere. Sometimes it overtakes your home. Sometimes it leads to a home that isn't a haven, but a stress filled box. At some point you need to decide what you're going to do about it before the stress of clutter spills into other areas of your life.
The good news is, we can help! For the last 30+ years we have helped our customers find room for their stuff. From hobbyists, collectors, to families searching for more space, Cook sheds can help you discover the space you need.
Add the right storage options to your shed to make your portable building organized and efficient. With a Cook portable building you have the perfect blank slate to begin with! Each of our styles fits different needs. Take a look at our shed styles and see what will be best for your backyard!
Packing your things for storage can be a major undertaking. But the more work you put in now, the less frustration and heartache you’ll have when you need the items again.
Portable buildings are a great asset after a big move, remodel or just for everyday storage. Cook Portable Warehouses builds their sheds to last, so your belongings stay safe and dry. Read about what Cook promises to each of their customers!
- Clean everything.
You may not think you need to clean stuff, but it will help in the preservation of whatever you are storing. This way you can ensure there aren’t any bugs hidden in the items before you store them. Also, when it comes to unpack the items, if stored correctly, you’ll have less dust and dirt to wipe off.
- Purchase the proper packing materials.
Plastic storage bins with lids are probably the best things to use since they are not as susceptible to the elements, such as humidity. Unlike a cardboard box, you can tightly seal these storage bins.
You also want to get packing materials that will help you keep your items safe, especially the more fragile items. To save a little on packing materials, keep old towels and rags to wrap items in.
When you open your shed and there’s only enough space to take a step or two inside...you know it’s time to purge and organize.
But, most likely you’ve gone to the shed to find something, realized it was a lost cause and shut the door on the problem. So, today let’s dig into how you can make your shed functional again!
Here is how you can organize your shed in 5 steps. Let’s get started.
Gardening:Simple tips to get your garden prepared for the growing season! Start your gardening season with a well thought out plan. Get started!
Ever thought about using packing peanuts in your garden? Or, want a homemade weed killer recipe? Here are some simple gardening tips to try out!
How to keep track of your plants, plus a unique use for old pantyhose! No matter where you rank in terms of garden expertise, we’ve got you covered. From beginners to experts, there’s something for everyone in this list of spring gardening tips!
If you decide to make your portable building the place for your gardening supplies, gear, materials and more, you have to be organized! How you can maximize the space in your Garden shed and keep your tools easily accessible.
Cook sheds are perfect for anyone with a green thumb! Here are 9 ideas to help you get creative in your garden shed. How to use empty jars, wood crates and even old tires to help with growing season. Trust us, these will be more fun than just buying a bunch of big storage containers.
As temperatures rise and you begin planning those spring/summer activities, it’s time to get a little organized.
The great thing is that a Cook shed makes this process so much easier! Cook sheds are available in many different styles that will fit your needs. You can even split up your space, the Lofted Barn being a great option if you’re needing room for storage but also for large equipment.
So, as a part of your spring cleaning routine, put away those winter items until you need them again. You want to make sure you put these items away in a secure spot, away from bugs and the elements. Use your Cook portable building to help you declutter the garage and your closets so you have room for seasonal clothes, recreational items and equipment.
If you’re still searching for a reliable shed, then take a tour of one of Cook’s buildings! The Lofted Barn gives you maximum storage space for the smaller square footage. The Handyman offers two spaces for you to enjoy your hobby but also store extra belongings.
Is your garage full of all the stuff that doesn’t fit inside your home? Do you barely have room for your vehicle or those other big items you need on a daily basis?
If you and your family’s frustrations are mounting with your cluttered garage, we have a creative solution just for you! Use your Cook Portable Warehouse as the place where all that extra stuff lives.
Then you can reclaim your garage for your car, ATV, boat, or tool collection. And you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to organize your storage shed. Instead you can repurpose some of those things that are going unused around your house or invest a minimal amount in creative storage solutions.
Here are three of our favorite inventive storage ideas to help you reclaim your garage by using your Cook shed! And here are other creative ideas to keep your garage organized!
Is cleaning out your portable building your next weekend project?
If you filled up your shed almost immediately after it was delivered, you’re not the only one! No matter if you have one of our smallest Utility Sheds or our 12’ x 32’ Lofted Garage, they can fill up fast if you don’t stay organized.
Opening up more storage space can seem like a daunting task. But it can be done!
The first steps for your project are to:
-Take everything out
-Clean the space
-Purge items you don’t need (here’s a checklist to help you decide what to keep and what to throw away.)
You can keep your space organized and a clear walkway with these 4 space saving tips for your portable building:
Clear the Floor Space
The floor is usually the first area to be filled, but try to save this space for larger items like bikes, ATVs or mowers. Use the wall space wisely, laying out where it will be best to hang items or put a tall shelf.
You may decide to stack and mount wood or plastic crates to build a low cost shelving option. Or you may want to look at using painted pallets to create shallow shelving, adding pops of color and plants to your shed. Learn more about these shelving ideas in this video!
Organize Hoses and Cords
These can become tangled or get lost behind larger items. Without the proper storage, they can be torn or damaged.
You especially want to be careful with how you store your electrical cords. Before each use, you want to inspect the cord to ensure it is in good condition before plugging it in.
These should be wrapped and hung properly so they are easily accessible and ready to use when needed.
Track Your Tools
Everything in your portable building should have its place. One way to ensure your tools and smaller items go back exactly where you want them is to hang them and trace them.
Once you have all of your tools hung, take a marker and trace around each of them. This will remind you after each use exactly where its home is.
You’ll be able to easily see what’s missing and allow you to optimize your wall space.
Use various wall organizers
Consider a shoe organizer! The clear plastic inserts allow you to see the smaller random items you are storing.
They make a great spot to store cleaning supplies or your collection of nails and screws.
If you have shelves already, you can save space by reusing paint cans and mason jars to hold tiny items. These are easy to label and don’t take up too much space on the shelves. Have a lot of gardening tools to organize? Find more creative tips for organizing your garden shed here.
You’ll love opening up your shed and knowing exactly where everything is and how to tell others to find it. These tips will free up space so you aren’t having to rearrange your entire storage building every time you have something new to store.
If you’re looking for other ways to organize your home, then download our free guide below!