The average portable shed is relatively small. Irrespective of the reason you bought it, starting to place items in the building immediately and with no prior planning can see you run out of space fairly fast. It doesn’t have to be that way. As long as you stay organized and follow the below tips, you can get more bang for your buck from these portable buildings.
Take Everything Out
If you’ve owned the portable shed for a while and have already packed it with stuff, the first step toward efficiently utilizing space is taking everything out. Only once you’ve done so can you go through each item to determine what you need and what can be discarded.
Since the shed is not a place you visit every day, chances are that some of the things in there that were useful a couple of months or years ago are no longer required. When you eventually have a list of the items you still need, establish whether they should remain in the shed or would be best kept somewhere else within your home.
Minimize Floor Usage
The shed’s floor is usually the first space to be filled since you don’t need to do much to keep an object on the floor in position. However, floor space should be reserved for larger items such as mowers, ATVs or bikes.
Instead, make the most of wall space by hanging items that can be hung and placing a standing shelf to expand useful space. If you do not have a standing shelf and are not keen on installing shelves on the portable shed walls, you can explore the low cost option of stacking used plastic or wood crates to form a makeshift shelf.
Track the Tools
Everything that goes into the shed should be placed somewhere easy to spot and reach. This is especially important if you’ll be storing smaller items such as tools. As much as possible, tools should be hung on the walls where they won’t get lost very easy in the event that the building ever becomes cluttered again.
To make sure you know where a tool should go after you use it, use a marker to trace around each tool as they are hung on the wall. This will also make it easy to know when a tool is missing or is in the wrong location.
Organize Cords and Hoses
Cords and hoses can get entangled with other items. They can also be torn or damaged if placed under a heavy object or next to moving parts. In addition, poorly organized cords and hoses can needlessly occupy plenty of space.
Hoses and cords are best stored by wrapping or coiling before hanging them on the walls. You must exercise great caution with your storage of electrical cords. A damaged electrical cord can cause serious injury or death. For this reason, every electrical cord stored in the portable shed must always be inspected before use.
Use Wall Organizers
Walls are the most underutilized surface of any room and portable sheds are not an exception. Make the most of various conventional and non-conventional wall organizers. For instance, if you have already installed standing or wall shelves, you can save on space by reusing mason jars and paint cans to hold tiny items such as nails.
These containers are easy to label and don’t occupy much space on the shelf. The use of containers also makes it easy to clean the shelves and minimizes wear.
A clean and organized space will make visiting your portable shed a pleasant experience. You’ll know exactly where everything is and will even be comfortable sending someone else to pick an item for you.
If your shed is already accustomed to being a chaotic mess, order may seem like an unattainable goal. What’s important though is getting started on an orderly routine and sticking to it. Remember to post instructions on or near the door so any other person using the shed does not render your cleaning and organization efforts futile.