I love my garden, it is my pride and joy. I spend so much time enjoying the space all year round, it is so nice to be outside in the fresh air. Keeping your garden organised is ongoing, as your outdoor space evolves as plants grow and news plants enter the space.
I think of my garden as an extension of my home and I employ the same techniques outside to keep things organised. Before organising your garden and all the tools and equipment, it’s essential to declutter your garden space first. Remove any unnecessary items, such as broken tools, unused pots, or expired chemicals. This will create a clean canvas for efficient organisation and ensure that you only keep what you truly need.
Here’s my top tips for Decluttering and Organising Your Garden:
Selecting the Right Storage Solution
- Sheds: A Versatile Storage Option – Choosing a shed really depends on what storage need and how much gardening you think you’re going to be doing. For example, will you be mowing your own lawn or would you prefer to get someone in to do it for you? Remember whatever size shed you get invariably, you will fill it!
- Greenhouses: Combining Storage and Plant Care, I love this idea. There are so many amazing greenhouses on the market. They really are an investment so think about your longer term plans for your home. When I moved into my house I didn’t have the funds for a greenhouse and I picked one up for free on eBay I had to deal with the collection and dismantling. I hired a van which cost me about £80 for the afternoon and I enlisted the help of a couple of friends. 15 years on and that greenhouse is still in use today.
- Garages: Multi-Purpose Garden Storage. I love a bit of racking in the garage and there are many different types to choose from. My preference is warehouse style racking which is available through Amazon, eBay and specialist resellers. When it comes to storage, lifting things off the floor makes them accessible easy to find and easy to label. Store your Christmas decorations Ski equipment, Garden tools, toys and camping equipment.
Arranging Tools in Sheds, Greenhouses, and Garages
- I love a hook and there are so many cheap hook solutions.
- Screwfix has an amazing range again. You can have a look on Amazon. Ensure DIY tools are kept dry or many will turn rusty.
Categorise and Sort Your tools
- Begin by categorising tools into groups based on their function or type. For example, separate hand tools from power tools, and group similar items together.
- This categorisation will simplify the organisation process and help you locate tools quickly when needed.
Labelling and Organisational Systems are always a good idea.
- Remember to keep like with like everything should make sense.
- Labelling your storage areas and using organisational systems such as bins, drawers, or toolboxes can significantly enhance efficiency.
- Clearly mark the locations of different tools and their corresponding storage spaces. This simplifies the process of finding and returning tools, reducing time wasted searching for misplaced items.
- Storing smaller items like nails, screws or bolts of similar types, use small clear boxes with labels so they’re easy to find.
Install shelves and cabinets
- Install shelves for open storage of smaller tools, pots and other gardening supplies.
- Closed cabinets with doors are best for chemicals to keep these away from children and pets. This includes garden fertilisers.
Utilise Wall Space for Vertical Storage
- Make the most of vertical space by utilising walls for tool storage. Install pegboards, hooks, or magnetic strips to hang tools such as shovels, rakes, and pruning shears. This not only saves space but also provides easy access and visibility.
Maintenance and Cleaning of Storage Areas.
- When putting things away, brush off any compost from your wellingtons and your spade. Don’t hang things up dirty because it will all just flake off onto the floor and you will create more work in the longer term.
- Remove any debris, dust, or moisture from the storage spaces, and inspect tools for any signs of damage or wear. Cleaning and maintaining your tools will extend their lifespan and help you work more efficiently.
If you need help or advice with your garden garage or shed dilemmas, you can talk to me here!