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Garden Sheds and Outside Spaces

Updated: Feb 5

Now that Winter is well and truly underway, those of us with gardens might well be thinking of putting them to bed for the season. As you sweep up fallen leaves and do your cutting back, don't forgot your garden shed.


Before the really bad weather sets in, now is a great time to have a good clear out of your garden shed or outbuildings in preparation for the winter months.


Throughout the summer we all pop things in our sheds for easy access or because we are not sure if it ‘might come in useful’, and then before you know it, it is filling up with things which are no longer needed.


Sheds are wonderful for the storage of garden tools, toys, cushions, lawnmowers, old tins of paint etc., but every now and then, they do need a bit of a sort out and if you can manage to do this once a year, it really isn’t too big a job.


Decluttering your shed can be done in a couple of ways depending on the weather and how enthusiastic you are feeling.


If the weather and your energy levels are good, you can get everything out of the shed, and only put back what you really want to keep. This is really thorough and quite satisfying. You can give it a good sweep out and make best use of the space when you put the things back in.


If time and the weather are against you then a quick look around at what is no longer needed or needs to be stored in a more appropriate way is also great to keep on top of the clutter.


Storage in sheds can be done in a number ways and here are a few ideas which may help you keep on top of the clutter:

  • Hang tools with hooks or nails to maximise the space and ensure easy access.

  • Garden cushions can be stored in plastic lidded containers to keep them, tidy, dry and spider free.

  • Paddling pools can be dried and put in a large handled bag and hung from a hook to keep them out of the way until next year.

  • Children’s garden toys can be boxed or bagged.

  • Plastic pots can be sorted and stacked within each other for use next Spring. We all have too many plastic pots so recycle the ones that really will not get reused – be realistic about what is really useful here.

  • Plant out any leftover bulbs. Quite often Spring bulbs are given as flowering gifts but once they have finished just pop them in your garden for next Spring.

  • Now that Winter is well and truly underway, those of us with gardens might well be thinking of putting them to bed for the season. As you sweep up fallen leaves and do your cutting back, don't forgot your garden shed.

  • Store garden chairs in the corner, you could tie them with some rope to the wall of the shed to ensure they don’t fall over or if you have the space hang them from hooks.

  • It can be helpful to have some shelving or racking in the shed, it makes things easier to find.

  • Don’t forget to leave some space for your lawn mower, so that it is easy to grab when we are back to mowing our lawns again.

Once you have your shed under control it is much easier to find and access all the things you need come Spring, which in turn, saves time.


We are often called to sort out sheds, garages and outbuildings, they are the spaces which we all love to have organised but with our busy lives and living spaces given priority when it comes to any sorting to be done, they often end up as storage for things no longer wanted in the house and then forgotten. These are all areas which really benefit from quick, decisive decluttering which is where having help from a friend or a professional declutterer really makes a difference.


If you would like our help to organise your outdoor spaces, your greenhouse, shed, garage or conservatory, do let us know.


You can give us a call on 0772 0887205 or email us at enquiries@newleaves.info

If you'd like to learn more about decluttering, you can sign up for our free ebook or check out our online course, Decluttering for Life.


You can even find us on You Tube having a chat about all things decluttering - do come on down and join us!


Best wishes


Claire & Sue




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