I remember the day we got our storage shed fondly. Finally, a place to put all the stuff that was cluttering up the garage!
Not that our shed would be cluttered, oh no. We would be smart about what we put in there. Everything in its place. This would not be where junk would accumulate, or where our tools would go to hide.
How naive we were!
Now instead of being able to just drive the lawn mower out, we first have to move the wheelbarrow and the weed sprayer and the leaf blower and those boxes of stuff that I didn't sell at the last yard sale.
One thought comforts me - we are not alone in our clutter. Most people that own a shed reach this point as well.
Does this sound familiar? Are you struggling with how to "shed" the clutter and organize your storage unit?
Here is a basic list of how to deal with the de-cluttering and organizing of your shed:
- Start Small. Just as you don't eat your meal all in one bite, don't take on this entire job all at once. One bite at a time, one box at a time.
- Set a Time to Accomplish the Job. By splitting up the tasks into smaller portions of 30 to 45 minutes each, your overall goal won't be so daunting. Once your time is up, stop for the day. If it would be easier on your schedule to do it all in one day or in one weekend, recruit your close friends and family for help. Mark it on your calendar & put a reminder on your phone. Whichever way you choose to do it, just make sure you stick to getting the job done.
- To Keep or Not To Keep? Make three separate piles. One is for things that are must keeps, one for items that must go. The last pile? That's for the items you are having trouble making a definite decision about. It's okay to set some things aside for a few weeks and then come back to them. Just be sure when you are ready to make that decision, they don't re-clutter the shed you just cleaned out!
- Donate. It may not be your favorite item anymore but your gently used items may be exactly what someone else is looking for. By donating them to a local charity or thrift shop you can feel good about recycling and giving back to the community. An added bonus - you can count that as a deduction the next time you file your taxes.
- Location, Location, Location. Congratulations! You have just completed the hardest part of this process. Now it's time to put everything away. Rather than just haphazardly putting everything back, choose a specific location for each item. Those things that you will be using most often, assign a spot near the front of the shed for easy access when you need them. By installing shelves and hooks, you can easily double your usable space as well as freeing up floor space for your larger things.
And, of course, if you find what you really need at this point is a bigger storage shed, take a look at the fantastic deals Hometown Sheds of Virginia has to offer!