Having an organised garage and garden shed is something that people across the UK aspire to but for many the task seems too large to even begin and so often those spaces are left cluttered and in a mess.
The trick is to get into a good system so that the process becomes easy to maintain. If you do, in no time you’ll be able to give your car its home again and be able to walk into your garden shed without stumbling over a plethora of tools that are lying on the floor.
Here are six tips to help you declutter your garage and garden shed.
1. Start fresh
You’ll need to begin by taking everything (where possible) out of the area so that you can work on the space as an empty room. Looking at the space like that will give you a better opportunity to visualise what goes where and what you really don’t need any more. It will also give you an opportunity to sweep the space, which you probably haven’t done in a while!
2. Decide what stays and what goes
Okay, so you’ve given yourself a blank canvas to work with – what now? Take a look at all the items that you had stored in that space and put them into three piles - keeping, donating and throwing away. Decide what you really need and what you really don’t. Remember that you can always use a self storage unit if you are undecided or if something just carries too much sentimental value.
3. Be clever with how you group items you are keeping
Group your items into categories so that you can store them effectively and so that they are easy to find when you need them. This could include sports equipment, camping gear, tools, games and electronics etc. Pack these items in clear plastic containers or strong boxes that can stack easily and don’t forget to label each side of the container/box.
4. Use the walls
Walls provide a great place to store your items, especially if you invest in open shelves (if the space is large enough). Most of the floor space is often taken up by either a vehicle in the garage or a lawn mower in the shed. Going vertical allows you room to move around, so limit using the floor as storage space where possible. Open shelves will allow you to stay organised and neatly store various accessories.
5. Are you storing you bicycle correctly?
Bicycles take up space and they are expensive, so look after them! Designate parking areas for each of your family’s bikes so everyone has a specific place to store theirs. The best way to store bikes in the garage or shed is to get them off the floor and make use of bike hooks or bike racks that are cemented into the walls or hang from the roof.
6. Make use of self storage
As with decluttering that takes place in any area of the home, there will be items left over that you don’t want in that space but that you just can’t throw away or donate because they hold too much sentimental value or you may need them in the near future. This is where self storage comes in. Placing them in a self storage unit means they will be safe and secure and conveniently accessible when you need them.
Why struggle with a cluttered garage or garden shed when the answer is just around the corner.
At Storage King we offer flexible leases, which means that you can rent a unit for as short as a month or for as long as you need.
If you need an accessible and professional self storage facility, give us a call on 0800 0852 954 or get a quick and easy online quote.