Save yourself the stress of rummaging through boxes every time you delve into the depths of your garden shed. Read on to find out some of our top tips on how to get your garden shed back in shape and ready for the summer ahead.

1. Clear out

Shed tidy, £35, The Contemporary Home

Before a reorganisation can begin, start by completely emptying the contents of your shed onto the lawn or patio outside. This will allow you to reassess the size of the space you have to work with, as well as revealing any items you may have forgotten were buried inside.

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2. Start from scratch

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Thoroughly sort through the contents of the shed, placing everything into groups such as tools, pots and planters, seeds and so on.

Get rid of any double ups and decide which items in each group are used frequently and so need to be the most easily accessible when it comes to rearranging the shed.

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3. Smart storage

Colworth shed storage unit, £60, Garden Trading

If you haven’t already, kit out your shed with adequate storage to keep everything organised. Adjustable shelves are a great way to make the most of the space you have, as their height can be altered to fit your tools and boxes.

Place floor-to-ceiling height shelves towards the far end of the shed or along the back wall so they don’t block the entrance. Wooden crates are another, more budget-friendly, option for storage- simply stack several on top of one another and fix to the wall to keep them strong and secure.

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4. A place for everything

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Keep each shelf well organised by using clear boxes to store the contents so you can easily identify what lives where.

Try to use boxes with lids where possible to help keep out dust and insects, and use written labels on the fronts to categorise items if necessary.


5. Green fingered

Outdoor wall clock and thermometer, £14.99; herbs, from £2.49; jasmine and cedarwood candle tin, £4.99; sunflower seeds, £1.99, all Dobbies

If you have space, placing a potting table or bench inside the shed will mean you can work on your garden even when it’s raining.

Opt for one with at least two shelves to maximise storage beneath and try to keep the surface clear of clutter when it’s not in use so it becomes a dedicated potting station.


6. On track

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Hang an annual planner on the wall of your shed so you can fill out the various garden tasks that need to be completed throughout the year.

Choose one with a wipeable board so you can write on when you last planted certain seeds or fertilised the grass, and then wipe it clear the following year to start again.


7. Water works

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Having an unravelled hosepipe gets underfoot and can be a hazard inside a small shed. Where possible, fix it to the outside of the shed using a large hook which the pipe can be wound around securely when not in use.

If you’re short on space, consider buying a clever expanding hosepipe which shrinks back down to a much smaller size once you’ve finished watering.


8. Off the wall

Fix a rack or rail to the back of your shed door to hang long gardening tools from. A regular hook rail will do the job if you attach small loops to the top of each tool, or invest in a specialist rack that is designed to hold awkward shapes such as rakes and brooms.


9. Magnetic magic

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For small and lightweight metal tools, why not hang a magnetic kitchen knife strip on the wall to store things like screwdrivers, pliers and scissors? This simple solution means you can easily find what you need without rummaging through drawers or boxes, and it keeps sharp blades away from surfaces.


10. Get creative

Tools and accessories, £1 each, the Charlie Dimmock range at Poundland

Use leftover kitchen containers like glass jars and old tin cans to provide handy extra storage for small items like nuts and bolts, or even your garden seeds.

Make your own garden twine dispenser by punching a hole through the lid of a jam jar, placing a ball of twine inside and then pulling it out through the hole to stop it from tangling up.


11. Bright idea

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Make sure your shed has a form of lighting for when you’re working into the evenings or in the winter months. Solar-powered lights are an eco-friendly option or keep a battery-powered lantern or torch inside for emergencies.


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