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The Challenges of Shed Organisation

Proper shed organisation is essential for creating a safe, efficient, and functional workspace. By taking the time to organise your shed, you can improve your productivity, reduce the risk of accidents and injuries, and create a more enjoyable space to work in.

Additionally, you can save time, effort, and money by keeping your shed organised. You won’t have to search 15 mins for your hammer, waste time and money buying a new set of screwdrivers because you can’t find yours, or move the lawn mower and an extra bucket of paint out of the way so you can access your portable concrete mixer.

However, organising messy sheds can be a daunting task, and there are several common challenges you may face. Here are some of the most common challenges of shed organisation:

Common Challenges of Shed Organisation

Clutter

Clutter is a common challenge of shed organisation. When men’s or women’s sheds are filled with unnecessary items, it can be challenging to find the things they need, and it can also be unsafe to move around in the space. Clutter can create safety hazards, such as tripping hazards or the risk of items falling and causing injury to family members.

Limited Accessibility

Another common challenge is limited accessibility to items stored in the shed. This can be due to poor organisation, overpacking, or the placement of items in hard-to-reach areas.

Lack of Storage Space

One of the most significant challenges of shed organisation is the lack of storage space. Often, people have more items than they have space to store them in, which can lead to clutter and disorganisation.

By recognizing these common challenges, you can develop a plan to overcome them and create a well-organised shed that is easy to use and maintain.

Tips and Tricks for Shed Organisation

1. Decluttering and Purging Unnecessary Items

Clean up the mess, categorise the items for storage, and measure the available area. Keep in mind that if you haven’t used any item in the past 12 months, you probably don’t need it anymore. 

Once you have cleared out the layer of clutter, you can organise the space by grouping similar items together and labelling storage containers. It’s also important to regularly clean and maintain the shed to prevent clutter from accumulating again. By taking these steps, you can create a well-organised shed that is safe and efficient to use.

2. Proper Shelving and Organisation Systems

Here are some ways that proper shelving and organisation systems can help you better organise your shed:

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Neat Shed storage solution Little Miss organised

Maximises Storage Space

With the right shelving and organisation systems, you can maximise the storage space in your shed. This will allow you to store more items in a smaller space and make it easier to find what you need.

Provides Easy Access

By using shelves, racks, and other organisation systems, you can make it easier to access your tools and equipment. You won’t have to dig through piles of items to find what you need, which can save you time and frustration.

Creates a Tidy Appearance

Proper shelving and organisation systems can make messy sheds look tidier and more organised. This can help to create a more inviting and functional workspace. If you are worried about your shed and are wondering if it is tidy and organised enough, here are 5 signs you need more cleaning service.

Increases Safety

By organising your tools and equipment, you can increase safety in your shed. You’ll be less likely to trip or injure yourself when items are properly stored and secured.

When choosing shelving and organisation systems for men’s or women’s sheds, consider your specific needs and the types of items you’ll be storing. Some popular options include pegboard walls, freestanding shelving units, and hanging organisers

You may also want to invest in sturdy storage containers to keep smaller items organised and contained. By taking the time to set up proper shelving and organisation systems, you can create a well-organised shed that is safe, functional, and efficient.

3. Accessibility Solutions

Accessibility solutions can greatly improve the organisation of your shed by making it easier to access and find the items you need. Here are some ways accessibility solutions can help:

Easy Access to Tools and Equipment

One of the most significant benefits of accessibility solutions is that they can provide easy access to your tools and equipment. For example, installing hooks or pegboards on the walls of your garage shed can allow you to easily hang tools and keep them within reach.

Efficient Use of Space

Accessibility solutions can also help you make the most of the available space in your shed. By using vertical storage solutions like shelves, racks, or stacking containers, you can store more items in a smaller area and make it easier to find what you need.

Improved Safety

Accessibility solutions can also help improve the safety of your garden shed by reducing the risk of accidents. For example, storing heavy items on lower shelves or the ground can reduce the risk of them falling and causing injury.

Customisable Options

There are many customisable accessibility solutions available, so you can choose the ones that work best for your specific needs. For example, if you have a lot of small tools and parts, you can install drawer organisers or small parts bins to keep everything organised and easy to find.

Some popular accessibility solutions include adjustable shelving, magnetic tool holders, and sliding storage solutions. You may also want to consider installing a workbench or table in your shed to provide a dedicated workspace. 

By incorporating accessibility solutions into your shed organisation plan, you can create a well-organised and functional space that meets all of your storage and workspace needs.

Listen to Kelly and Bonnie for expert tips on how to transform your shed into an efficient space for you and your family:

https://youtu.be/-SWxIYUdz0s

ABC Radio – Sheds

Transcript 

Kelly:

Afternoons with Kelly Higgins-Divine this afternoon. It’s 26-2-3. And here from littlemissorganised.com.au Bonnie Black, hello.

Bonnie:

Hi, Kelly.

Kelly:

Now getting organised when it comes to sheds, the old man cave. How’s it looking, fellows? Does everything have a place that doesn’t sound like yours, Bonnie?

Bonnie:

What?

Kelly:

How can we help?

Bonnie:

So if the garage is the place where things go to die, I guess we can call the shed the graveyard, because, honestly, a lot of things that go in that shed just do not come out. And sometimes it can be like this massive pile of doom. And for me in particular, when anyone says shed or garden, shed or man cave, I just think creepy Crawley’s. Because, honestly, they’re not a place that a lot of people proactively keep away those kind of things.

Kelly:

This is true. But do men want a neat, tidy space? I’m sure some do, but mostly isn’t it just don’t they just want the mess, what they like? 

Bonnie:

I think what men like is the control that’s what we’ve seen in our clients and in their husbands anyway, is that they just want the freedom to be able to have their shed the way that they want it. And if that means that it’s messy, that’s their own consequence. They’ve got to suffer, and they realise that. So even men get to a point, generally speaking, where they want to do a clean-up and get it organised, and then slowly it kind of trickles its way back again.

Kelly:

Fair enough. What are some easy ways, then, to start cleaning up a shed or a garage?

Bonnie:

So a really good way to do it is just to lay everything out on the floor, get a tarp, the whole life on the lawn kind of thing, and then just sort it out into your categories. I’ve got five hammers. I don’t need five hammers. Maybe I need one, maybe I need two.

And donate those other three to a local men’s shed community centre or something like that, where they can go and get used again by somebody else. Because realistically, when it comes to tools, how often are we using them, I mean, our culture has changed so much that we’re not farming as much as our ancestors did, so we don’t need as many of these tools as often. So we really need to kind of cut down the amount of stuff that we’re keeping for those purposes.

Kelly:

I often wonder how many tools blokes have in their shed.

Bonnie:

Be interesting to know. 

Kelly:

Yeah. That they actually know what that thing does.

Bonnie:

They got it. I know what it does.

Kelly:

I really don’t know how to use it. Now, what are the rules about shed storage?

Bonnie:

Yes. So sheds are another place where a lot of people tend to just use whatever containers are available, and that tends to be cardboard boxes. And cardboard boxes aren’t great because they do tend to hide creepy crawlies, especially the huntsman, and they just integrate really easy and they actually attract rats and things like that as well. So I’m all about clear stackable containers with lids to try and keep things clean and dust free. 

Kelly:

All right. And once again, just working out what goes where.

Bonnie:

Yeah, absolutely. So if you’ve got a shed, how big is it? What sort of stuff do you actually need to store? You have to go through all these questions of, do I need this? Have I used this in the last twelve months? Am I going to use it in the next twelve months? And then just sort things by category. So, for example, if you’ve got all the long handled tools like your garden rakes and things like that, and your shovels, you need to put them in one spot altogether.

And there’s some really great ideas on Pinterest of different ways to actually store them. You can get like a really big old umbrella stand to stick those kind of things, and you can hang them on hooks along a wall. You can get old PVC pipes and do one down the bottom one a little bit higher up to keep them standing upright along a wall. So there’s lots of great ideas out there to help you organise your shed. It’s just about spending that time and actually investing into laying the foundation.

Kelly:

Now, there’s been the rise of women’s sheds as well, where it’s not so much about gardening tools, but mechanical tools, I’m sure it could be too, though, a place for women to write, create, contemplate, escape, just like men do.

Bonnie:

Yeah, I think there’s been a bit of a rise in women’s sheds in the last few years. Particularly. There was a book written in 2014 that really talked about the need for women’s sheds, and it just showed that women were getting tired of feeling like, yeah, the house is my domain, but really I don’t have a place just for me. And there’s the man cave or the man’s shed, but where is that place that women can go and just potter and do things undisturbed? And so now there’s this big surgeonce of these women’s sheds that are coming up, and they’re so different to men’s sheds. I mean, you think of men’s sheds as being dirty, disorganised, and full of spiders. The women’s sheds are full of lace and white and fluffy pillows, so it’s just a real contrast.

Kelly:

And hopefully no spiders.

Bonnie:

Hopefully no spiders.

Kelly:

What’s the perfect size for a shed?

Bonnie:

That’s a good question. I think probably depending on what your situation is. So if you’ve got like a ride on lawn mower, you obviously need a much bigger shed. But for most of us who are on 600 or 700 or 800 m2 blocks in suburbia, all we really need is a small maybe three by one or two by three or something like that, just so that we can stick the lawn mower, the whipper snipper, the blower and those gardening tools in there. Because most of our other tools men generally like to try and stick in the garage because it’s a bit more accessible. There’s insulation, there’s, all that kind of thing. So garden sheds really tend to be the place where you just walk in, you grab something, and you go out, whereas a garage tends to be a place more that we might stand and potter, unless you’re living on an acreage, of course, and you’ve got a three bay titan that just is everybody’s delight.

Kelly:

Yeah. And I suppose nowadays, too, there are more storage options than there have ever been in the history of the planet, especially for tools. You only have to go into one of the hardware stores or those kind of places, and there are racks and racks of ways to store everything that a bloke might have any shed.

Bonnie:

Yeah, absolutely. And there’s a lot of inspiration that can be found at all those hardware type stores for blokes and the different tools and what their functions are as well. So it can really be a man’s wonderland. It just has to be a little bit organised so that he can actually find things rather than needing a tool, not being able to find it, and then having to go out and replace it because he couldn’t find the first one.

Kelly:

My grandfather’s shed used to have the jars that the lids hung from the board.

Bonnie:

Yes.

Kelly:

Cool. Impressed with those when I was a kid.

Bonnie:

It is pretty awesome, I have to admit. I only saw that one a few years ago and thought, oh, what a great idea. And nowadays, there’s heaps of storage ideas where they’re actually going upwards instead of outwards, so they’re using that high space above you in a garage or in a shed where you can actually slot boxes in. And there’s racks now that you can get to hang your bikes and all your big sporting equipment up instead of just down or in a wall and stuff.

Kelly:

And you got to be careful, don’t you know? I mean, it’s so expensive. Some of that stuffing wood is mould or-

Bonnie:

Yes.

Kelly:

-They’re the things to look out for, too.

Bonnie:

Yes, absolutely. So it’s all about buying quality, first of all, but making sure it’s stored properly and taken care of, because you don’t want to be spending lots of time having to maintain things and then lots of money having to replace them because you’ve lost them or because you didn’t buy a quality item in the first place.

Kelly:

That’s it. And invest in covers.

Bonnie:

Definitely. And a shed that doesn’t leak.

Kelly:

Fix it. That’s what you’ve got the tools for.

Bonnie:

That’s exactly right.

Kelly:

And the hole in the bucket deal on.

Bonnie:

Oh, please do sing.

Kelly:

Look, some great advice in there. And look, now is the time, isn’t it, to get in there when it’s not so hot in the shed. Doesn’t exactly isn’t humid as get it done.

Bonnie:

Yes, because the lawns do need a clip. Now, our lawn, I am ashamed to say, had a two month break from being mowed, but it just didn’t grow that much. So it was great. You know, the husband loved it, the reprieve. But now is the time to embrace springs. Coming. Do a clean out. Get everything, all your shears sharpened and ready to go.

Kelly:

Because the first good rain any of us get around this state, kaboom.

Bonnie:

Kaboom indeed.

Kelly:

Bonnie Black, thank you.

Bonnie:

Thanks, Kelly.

Kelly:

And you can check out Bonnie Black’s work on many different other areas of your home and your life at littlemissorganised.com.au

Conclusion

Proper shed organisation is important for several reasons, including safety, efficiency, space optimisation, clutter reduction, and customisation. By implementing the tips and tricks we discussed, such as decluttering, using proper shelving and organisation systems, and incorporating accessibility solutions, you can create a well-organised shed that is safe, efficient, and customised to your needs.

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