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The Best Ways To Organize Wooden Sheds

By Donald Rickerby

Do you already own a wooden shed? If so, you know just how important a well organized shed can be. Wooden sheds can fill up with unwanted items quite rapidly because they are relatively small. The best time to start organizing is now. And, you’re a lot better off if your shed is new with nothing in it yet.

But, most of us do have their wooden sheds full of stuff and, therefore, need to start removing EVERYTHING. Pick a nice day and start early in the morning. This may seem like a big undertaking but will be easier and less time-consuming in the long run.

This next step may be hard for some. Throw out any items that never get used. Better yet, donate them or sell them if you can.

Once you have taken out all the unnecessary items, take some time to group like items. For instance, all your tools in one group, all your garden supplies in another group, and so on.

Small items can now be placed in containers or bins that will go neatly on shelves. Make sure you label the outside of the containers to you can easily find what you are looking for later.

When you are ready to start putting everything back into the wooden shed, put items that you use frequently towards the front or in a place that is easiest to get to.

If you don’t already have one, purchase a good quality tool rack for long handled tools, like shovels, hoes, and rakes.

Workbenches are also a great item to have in your wooden shed. You don’t have to have the best one, just one that gets the job done. It should have sturdy legs so you can place heavy items on it and any hammering that you may need to do. There should also be storage room under the bench for easy access to tools.

Build yourself a very simple, basic ramp for the step up at the doorway so you can wheel larger items in and out easier. If you want the ramp to be permanent, be sure to use pressure-treated wood so it doesn’t rot right away from contact with the ground.

Before you know it, you’ll be wondering where all the extra space in your shed came from. Wooden sheds are ideal for storage, but it is so important to be as organized as possible or it will end up being essentially – a big garbage can.

For more help on organizing your wooden garden shed, check out Donald Rickerby’s free eBook: Getting the Most Out of Your Shed. It contains over 100 tips to help you maximize your shed’s potential. also contains kits for wooden sheds, shed plans, and a lot more helpful information.

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