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Tips On How To Properly Store Pool Chemicals

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sat, Jul 5, 2014

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'A Place to Store Pool Chemicals'

If you're lucky enough to have a swimming pool in your backyard, you know how much fun it is to have your friends over for a barbeque and a swim on a hot summer afternoon. You also know the amount of work that goes into keeping a pool clean and free of algae. There are several types of chemicals used to maintain the quality of pool water. These are hazardous chemicals that require proper storage in order to avoid chemical reactions and accidents. Check out some basic tips to follow when storing your pool chemicals.

Tips on How to Properly Store Pool Chemicals

Store Your Chemicals in Their Original Containers

You may be tempted to take your chlorine tablets or algaecide out of their original containers and put them into different ones. Perhaps you have a bucket or a plastic container that fits better into your storage space. This is not a good idea. Pool chemicals of all types need to stay in their original containers with the safety instructions printed on them. This way, you know how to handle the chemicals and what to do if something spills. Also, if you put a chemical in a different container, someone may mistake it for another type of solution. This can lead to injury or a bad chemical reaction. Remember that the original containers are designed to store whatever is in them.

Choose a Cool Place with Adequate Ventilation

Your supply of pool chemicals includes chlorine and other solutions with oxidizers in them. These hazardous chemicals can release gases that may become a fire hazard if they are kept in a hot environment with little to no air circulation. In addition, a person who walks into this type of storage environment may become dizzy or nauseous from the fumes. A cool, dry place with plenty of air circulation is your best bet.

Secure the Lids of All of Your Chemicals

It's important to make sure that the bottles and buckets that house your pool chemicals are securely closed. A container that is partially open can be spilled on the floor or even on someone's skin. Also, containers that are left open can be accessed by small children who may poison themselves or sustain a serious injury. I recommend that you take a few extra moments to ensure that all of your containers are closed.

Invest in a Set of Measuring Cups for Your Chemicals

Using a single measuring cup for all of your chemicals increases the risk of a chemical reaction. I suggest that you purchase a separate measuring cup for each chemical you use. Put a label on each cup so there is never a mistake about what it's for.

Don't Stack Your Chemicals

Stacking your chemical containers on top of one another can inadvertently cause a chemical reaction if there is a leak in one of them. For instance, if you stack a leaking container of algaecide on top of a container of chlorine, a chemical reaction could occur if the algaecide gains access to the chlorine. Try to find an area in your storage structure for each type of pool chemical.

Finally, once you have your pool chemicals stored in the proper way, you can enjoy your pool with friends and family or have a pool party for one instead! Thanks for reading!-Alan

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Making Your Garage Energy Efficient

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Wed, Jul 2, 2014

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Most people do what they can to make their homes energy-efficient. But do you ever think about the energy efficiency of your garage? Is it pleasant to work in your garage, or do you find yourself shivering from the cold? Does a portable heater help, or does the warm air just seem to disappear? Okay, that's it for the questions! Here are several simple things you can do to make your garage more energy-efficient and save some money on your energy bills at the same time.

Check for Leaks and Seal Them

I suggest you take a few minutes to run your hand around the edges of the windows as well as the door you use to enter your garage. If you feel air blowing on your fingers, it means you have some leaks! Sealing these leaks can help make your garage more energy-efficient. One idea is to apply weather-stripping around the border of your door and windows. After you finish your work, try putting your fingers near the door frame and windows again to see if you cut off the flow of air. Another place to look for leaks is where the wall meets the garage floor. You may want to caulk this area with a caulk gun if you feel air leaking into the structure. Be sure that you purchase enough caulk to complete the entire project.

Insulate Your Garage Door

An automatic garage door can be the source of a lot of leaks. If this is the case with your garage door, you may consider putting in insulation to prevent leaks. You can purchase an insulation kit that includes a roll of insulation, tape, and even gloves. Of course, I suggest you read all of the instructions before starting the project. Leaks can also occur around electrical outlets in your garage. Once again, try putting your hand near the outlet to test for a leak. If you do have leaks around your electrical outlets, you can put some insulation around the outlet to stop the flow of air. You can also buy insulated outlet covers to install in your garage. A light switch can also be the source of a leak. Insulation can help to stop a leak of that kind as well.

Maintain Your Garage Door

Take a close look at your garage door. A garage door should have a rubber strip covering its bottom edge. The rubber strip or seal is supposed to sit evenly on the garage floor when the door is closed. If you notice a gap between the floor and the bottom of the garage door, you know that air is entering the structure. An automatic garage door can be knocked out of alignment for any number of reasons. It's a wise idea to call a garage door repair person to get the door back into alignment and close the gap. If the garage door has windows, you may want to check them for leaks as well.

Whether you've turned your garage into an awesome man cave or it's just the place where you park your car, you can make it energy-efficient. Thanks for reading! - Alan

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9 Plant Suggestions to Grow on Your Pergola

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sat, Jun 21, 2014

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When I look at a new pergola, I see dozens of creative possibilities. A well-built pergola deserves to be decorated with beautiful blooms. What's more, choosing the perfect plant is the fun part! Luckily, there are many types of plants that are ideal for growing on a pergola. Here are some ideas to kick-start your creativity.

Nine Suggestions for Plants to Grow On Your Pergola

  1. The Mandevilla Vine: The Mandevilla vine features flowers that will remind you of the tropics. Some of the most popular colors are white, pink, and deep red. Not surprisingly, this type of plant thrives in warmer climates. The Mandevilla vine grows quickly and needs a strong structure, making it a perfect choice for your pergola plant.
  2. Climbing Roses: This plant is a traditional favorite with many flower enthusiasts. The climbing rose is pliable, so it can grow fairly easily up the side and across the top of a pergola. Some lovely colors include dramatic yellow, light pink, deep red, and "Joseph's Coat," which is a combination of brightly colored blossoms. Keep in mind that these roses need to be pruned on a regular basis to ensure that there is fresh growth.
  3. Bougainvillea: If you're a fan of purples and pinks, bougainvillea may be the perfect option for your pergola. It can be trained to climb the posts of a pergola by planting it next to a large wooden stake. Use gardening tape to gently attach the vine to the stake. This will guide the plant as it grows. Once the bougainvillea vine reaches the top of the stake, carefully wind its end around a post of your pergola. It will know where to grow from there!
  4. Bower Vine: This plant features delicate white or pink flowers and loves the sunshine. They grow very quickly and can loop around the twists and turns of your pergola, bringing it to life!
  5. Clematis: Clematis is a popular choice for many pergola owners because it's available in different shades of pink and purple. Also, the fragrance of the plant differs depending on which type you choose. It can be found with small, delicate petals or large ones that will make your pergola the highlight of your backyard!
  6. Wisteria: Wisteria plants have a sweet fragrance that you can enjoy every time you sit beneath your pergola. Its blooms are an appealing pale purple. This plant loves to twirl itself around the corners and posts of a pergola.
  7. English Ivy: If you're a pergola owner who appreciates a gathering of classic green vines, English ivy might be the best choice for you. Don't be surprised if your English ivy grows as long as 50 feet! It's a hardy vine that's a great option if you're a beginner at decorating your pergola.
  8. Jasmine: I recommend this pergola plant to folks who appreciate a strong fragrance! The elegant white or pink blossoms of this plant need warmth to flourish. It needs very little maintenance with the exception of some minor pruning work. Jasmine helps to transform a pergola from a peaceful place to sit into a charming attraction in your yard.
  9. Red Passion Flower: A pergola bursting with red passion flower vines is a butterfly's paradise. This plant originates from the tropics and needs warmth to flourish. There's nothing subtle about the large red petals clinging to this vine. If you want to make sure your pergola stands out, the red passion flower is for you! Keep a close watch on your pergola because you're sure to get a few visits from some hummingbirds.

Have fun decorating your pergola with beautiful blooms! - Alan

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Tips for Turning Your Garage into a Workshop

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Jun 12, 2014

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In this picture a customer turned a metal garage into a workshop

Setting up a workshop inside a garage appeals to many individuals for a variety of reasons. For one, you don't have to be an expert woodworker or a dedicated do-it-yourselfer to thoroughly enjoy a garage workshop. You may want a place where you can make simple repairs on household appliances. Or perhaps you want a workshop for building and painting birdhouses. A garage workshop can serve any number of purposes. In addition, a workshop in the garage is a great place to retire to when things get a little too noisy inside the house. This week's blog takes a look at how to turn your garage into a workshop.

Figure Out a Floor Plan

The first thing to do when creating a workshop is to measure the floor space in your garage. It's wise to know how much space you're working with before dividing the area into sections. Plan to put your workbench against a wall of the garage that has an electrical outlet. If you use an electric drill or another power tool, it's convenient to have an outlet within arm's reach. Make sure that you leave plenty of space to move around in front of your workbench. If you have a smaller garage, you may want to invest in a small workbench: Buying a workbench that is too big can overwhelm the space. You must also decide where you want to store your tools. Some people like to have a rolling tool chest so they can put it wherever they need it. Other people install cabinets above the workbench so all they have to do is reach up to get a screwdriver, wrench, or a hammer. Create an area for any other equipment you have, such as a table saw or a jig saw. In addition, there needs to be space set aside for a wet/dry vac, large garbage can, and wood storage rack (if you plan to work with wood). I suggest you make it your goal to set up a workshop that has everything you need including a lot of breathing room.

Work in the Light

Create a workshop that has plenty of light so you'll have no trouble working there at any time of the day or night. If you have cabinets over your workbench, you may want to install lighting beneath them. This allows you to work on repair projects that require you to see the smallest springs and screws inside an appliance. Some people go with battery-powered LED lights that can attach to the bottom of a cabinet. These simple lights require no professional installation. Chances are good that you already have overhead lighting in your garage that supplies you with even more light for whatever project you're working on.

Take a Seat

Choose a stool for your workbench that is made of solid material. Also, measure the height of the workbench so you can choose a stool that is neither too high nor too low. Ideally, you want a stool that allows you to sit comfortably for long periods of time. There are some stools available with an adjustable height mechanism. I suggest you get a stool with some padding and maybe even a backrest so you can lean back and admire your work.

Finally, take some extra time to plan the perfect garage workshop. Create a place that inspires you to be on the lookout for your next exciting project! Thanks for reading. - Alan

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15 Tips for Organizing and Maintaining a Food Storage Shed

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Jun 6, 2014

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While some people use their storage sheds for garden tools, bicycles, or pet supplies, others use their sheds to store food. Some foods can be stored for months or even years at a time. Certainly, having a supply of stored food can help to decrease a family's weekly grocery bill. Plus, if you have kids, you can teach them the importance of getting the most out of the food you buy. I suggest you start by furnishing your food storage shed with some tall metal racks. Consider these additional tips regarding what types of foods to store and how to organize them in your shed.

15 Tips for Organizing and Maintaining a Food Storage Shed

  1. A collection of canned goods is a familiar sight in most food storage sheds. I suggest that you store one type of canned good on each shelf: When you want a can of peas, you won't have to dig through dozens of cans of beans or tuna to get to it. Also, be sure to put the cans that expire the soonest near the front of the shelf so they will be used first.
  2. Whole onions can be stored for a fairly long period of time in a food storage shed. I recommend that you hang up a wire mesh basket in a dark corner of your shed. This basket will keep the onions dry and allows air to circulate around them. When onions are put inside a closed container, the lack of air circulation contributes to moisture issues. A moist environment causes onions to go bad.
  3. Potatoes can be stored in a shed by putting them in a potato sack. These vegetables need to be kept in a dark, cool environment. If the floor is damp, the bags should be put onto a pallet to keep them away from moisture.
  4. Plastic containers of peanut butter can be stored on a high shelf of a metal rack. Be sure to separate the different varieties, including creamy, crunchy, gluten-free, etc.
  5. Granulated sugar should be taken out of its bag and poured into an airtight, plastic container. Sugar can last indefinitely in this type of container. You can use this same storage method with flour. Be sure to label each container.
  6. Cans of instant coffee can be stored on your rack for two years as long as they remain unopened.
  7. Place boxes of breakfast cereal in plastic bins with lids. This prevents any rodents or insects from chewing through the cardboard and ruining your supply. Boxes of dry pasta and noodles should also be stored in a plastic bin with a lid. It's a good idea to write the expiration date on the boxes with a black marker.
  8. Get a small metal soda rack with three tiers for your canned beverages. This rack is small enough to be put on a single wooden shelf in your storage shed. When you remove one can from this rack, another one rolls right into its place!
  9. A plastic 2-liter bottle rack is perfect for storing your bottled water and soda. If it has wheels, it can be rolled into one corner of your storage shed.
  10. It is important to keep honey in a dark area of your shed. Sunlight can affect its taste. You may want to place the jar into a cardboard box with a lid just to make sure.
  11. If you or members of your family are partial to Kool-Aid, try putting the little packets into a recipe box so you can put each flavor in its own section.
  12. Peanuts in the shell, almonds, and pistachios can be stored in airtight containers in your food storage shed. Be sure that these items are put in a dry, cool area of the shed.
  13. You can store a supply of white rice in your cool, dry food shed. Pour the dry rice into a large jar or a gallon plastic container and make sure the lid is on tight.
  14. Unopened jars of pickles can be stored in your shed for approximately two years. Be sure to place these glass jars on the floor of the shed so there is less chance that one will be broken.
  15. Granola bars can be stored for many months when they are put into an airtight container. Of course, if they are in a vacuum-packed container, they will last even longer.

Good luck with your food storage project. Thanks for reading! - Alan

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Do You Know The Different Types of Gazebo Designs?

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, May 23, 2014

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A gazebo is a perfect place for an outdoor gathering with friends and family. In a gazebo, you and your loved ones get to enjoy a warm afternoon together while staying out of the sun. I think that a gazebo is an ideal place to sit and sip a glass of lemonade on a hot summer afternoon! It probably comes as no surprise that gazebos have been around for centuries. Remember the glass gazebo in Salzburg where Liesl and Rolf danced in the film The Sound of Music? Well, not all gazebos have to be that fancy, but I firmly believe that each one of them possesses its own charm. Look at some of the different types of gazebos as well as the details that make them unique.

Pavilion Design

A pavilion gazebo made in the shape of an octagon is a familiar sight in many gardens. Occupants of this compact type of gazebo enjoy the fresh air flowing in from all sides. In addition to octagonal gazebos in this design, we also have rectangular and oval-shaped gazebos. We offer a selection of either vinyl or wooden gazebos with a choice of either a single or double roof. In short, we give you several options that can help you put your own unique twist on the classic pavilion design!

Victorian Design

This sort of gazebo has a design that echoes the style of houses built during the Victorian era. These gazebos have a lot of intricate, curvy details in their beams, knee braces, and wall panels. A person may purchase a Victorian-style gazebo to complement their Victorian-style home.

Pergolas

This is a different type of gazebo. Unlike a traditional gazebo, a pergola doesn't have a floor. It has colonnades that support a series of rafters. There is space between the rafters, which means that it doesn't offer much protection from the rain! Some owners erect a shade over the top of their pergola so they can enjoy the structure as well as protection from the sun. I suggest you decorate your pergola with vines or even flowers to give it some extra flair. You may even want to purchase a privacy lattice to add to the look of your pergola.

Rotundas

A gazebo in a rotunda design puts the focus on its roof. The roof of this circular gazebo is made in the shape of a dome. This ornate design is seen in a lot of public parks. If you're looking for a great example of a rotunda roof, check out the U.S. Capitol Rotunda!

We offer pre-built gazebos as well as gazebo kits. Wooden benches, four-track windows, and removable screens are a few examples of the extras you can opt for when purchasing one of our wooden gazebo kits. Choosing the size and design you want allows you to end up with a gazebo that becomes one of the highlights of your property! Thanks for reading. - Alan

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How to Prepare an Area for your New Storage Shed

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sat, May 17, 2014

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Find a Perfect Place for Your Shed

One of the most important things to do after you decide to get a storage shed is to choose the best spot for it. I suggest taking a walk around your property to get a closer look at the terrain. Ideally, you'll want to put it on a level piece of ground. Of course, most areas of ground are not perfectly level by nature, so choose a place that is as close to level as possible. Take a look at some other things to consider when choosing an area and preparing it for the arrival of your new storage shed.

Choosing a Suitable Area

It's best to choose an area that contains no large trees. Weighty branches can fall off of older trees, causing damage to a shed. If you put your shed near a large tree, you'll probably have to spend time trimming its branches to prevent any collisions. In addition, try to select an area of ground that is slightly elevated. This helps in the drainage process whenever there's a rainstorm or a heavy snowfall. The water flows away from the shed instead of pooling around it and causing flooding. Also, don't put the shed near any young trees. As the tree grows, its branches may extend out and eventually come in contact with the walls or roof of your shed.

Different Types of Terrain

When it comes to making a place for a new shed, some types of terrain present more problems than others. For instance, putting your shed on extremely rocky terrain means that you must clear away any large rocks in order to make the ground level. I suggest that you avoid the task of pulling humongous rocks out of the ground and go with a less rocky area. Putting a shed on extremely hilly terrain means that the structure may not have the stability it needs to remain level. It makes more sense to put your shed on a piece of ground that is fairly level to begin with. Sandy terrain is adequate for a shed, but the sand has to be compact in order to offer enough support for the structure.

Preparing the Ground

After you decide where you're going to put your shed, take some measurements of the area to make sure that there is enough space for your structure. Use wooden stakes and rope to mark the site. Next, put a layer of gravel down that is about four to six inches in depth. You can add some wooden rails around the base to keep the gravel in place. The gravel should extend two feet in width and length beyond the border of the shed. Spread the gravel around evenly and use a level to check your work. Regardless of the natural terrain, gravel is an ideal foundation for a storage shed because it helps to drain excess water away from the structure.

Taking some time to find the best location for your storage shed can prevent flooding, instability and other types of damage. Your new shed deserves to sit in a choice location on your property. Thanks for reading! - Alan

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5 Amazing Barn Murals To Inspire You

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sat, May 10, 2014

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I believe that if you keep your eyes open, you can see beauty in a variety of different places. You can even see it while you're driving the open highway! I'm talking about barn murals. At one time or another, you've probably seen the familiar script letters "Drink Coca-Cola" painted in white across the side of a red barn near the highway. Or you may have seen a simple painting of a Guernsey cow on the side of a white barn. But have your ever seen a barn mural that captures your attention and keeps you thinking about it for miles down the road? Take a look at some barn murals that will make you shake your head at the creativity you can find while out on the highway.

Five Amazing Barn Murals to Inspire You

  1. A Cow Jumps Over the Moon: This mural comes straight out of the old nursery rhyme entitled "Hey Diddle Diddle." At first glance, you see a gathering of cows and horses in a simple barnyard. They are so realistic-looking that you may think they are living, breathing barnyard animals. A moment later, you glance up to see a cow making its way over a ghostly moon! This barn mural must be something to see in the fading daylight hours.

  2. American Gothic with a Twist: Set your eyes on an image that may look pretty familiar to you. The image is of Grant Wood's famous painting called American Gothic. The solemn faces of the farmer and his wife are hard to miss. This is especially true when they are painted on the side of a barn! The artist added a cow just beneath the couple so they can all watch over the fields together.

  3. Horse and Farmer in the Field: This mural takes up one entire wall of the barn. It depicts a scene of a farmer in a field guiding a horse and plow. Both the large chestnut horse and the farmer are intent on their life's work. The green fields that recede behind the farmer also serve to capture the viewer's attention. I like to think of this mural as a celebration of the history of the American farmer.

  4. A Farrier Shoeing a Horse: A farrier is going about his work of shoeing a horse in this quiet scene. The mural depicts a common scene that someone might see inside any given barn. The retriever lazing on the floor and the cat sleeping on the shelf add to the peaceful tone of this scene.

  5. Blue Cheese Moon: Check out a barn mural that looks like a scene from a sci-fi film. There is a spaceship in the foreground with the earth in the background. A cheese moon is prominently pictured at the front of the mural as the stars glitter around it. Are we looking at the planet earth from Vermont?

So next time you're out on the highway, take a good look around. You may see a unique piece of art in the most unexpected of places. Thanks for reading! - Alan

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Keeping Critters Out of your Storage and Garage

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, May 2, 2014

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No Critters Allowed!

Mice, raccoons, and squirrels are just a few of the uninvited guests that can show up in your garage or shed. You may find a nest of mice in a drawer full of old work gloves in your garage. Or you may see mouse droppings on a shelf in your shed. Raccoons can crawl into open garbage cans, and squirrels can squeeze through windows to look for things to chew on. All of these critters can create a mess and sometimes cause major damage in your garage or storage shed. Consider a few ways you can be proactive and discourage these critters from inviting themselves over for an extended stay.

Secure All Food Sources

Many people keep items of food in their garage or shed. For instance, if you keep a gigantic bag of dog or cat food in your storage area, be sure to pour its contents into a sealed container. I suggest a metal garbage can with a lid for a supply of dog food. This will keep the mice out. Be sure to get a tight-fitting lid to keep the raccoons out as well. A metal garbage can is also effective if you have a supply of grain for a horse. Try to avoid plastic garbage cans for food storage because a few persistent mice may be able to find a weak spot in the plastic to gain entry.

Keep the Floors Clean

There's nothing more encouraging to a little critter than a dirty floor. If you drop pieces of dry dog food while filling your dog's bowl, be sure to sweep them up right away. I know, it's tempting to kick those stray pieces of food off to the side of the garage, but that can come back to bite you! If you spill a packet of flower seeds on the floor, it's best to clean those up, too. A few sunflower seeds or a stray piece of dog food in a corner are open invitations for critters looking for a meal and a place to stay.

Check the Doors and Windows

Make sure that the windows and doors in your shed or garage are closed. A squirrel, raccoon, snake, or stray cat can get through a door or window that's open just a few inches. If you have a doggy door leading into your garage, you may want to look into a way to fasten the door shut when your dog isn't outside. Raccoons in search of food have been known to use a doggy door to enter a garage.

Keep Sticks and Other Debris Away from Your Storage Area

Piles of sticks, logs, and branches can attract mice and other small rodents. If they are piled near your shed or garage, it's only a matter of time before these critters find their way inside.

Just remember, the trick is to make your garage or shed very unappealing to critters. If they don't find your storage area to be a welcoming place, they will move on to greener pastures. Thanks for reading! - Alan

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13 Creative Ways to Organize Your Garden Shed

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Apr 25, 2014

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"Could a New Garden Shed Help You Become an Organized Gardener"

Whether you have a yard full of prize-winning roses or a small vegetable garden, a garden shed is the perfect place to store all of your tools and equipment. Keeping a clean, well-organized garden shed makes it easy to find the tools you need so you can get out there and garden! Take a look at some ideas for organizing your garden shed.

13 Creative Ways to Organize Your Garden Shed

  1. Give an Old Bookcase a Second Chance. A simple wooden bookcase with three shelves can be a great home for your watering can, gloves and even some small gardening tools. The bookshelves allow you to see all of your items at one glance. If you want to jazz up your old bookcase, paint it a pastel blue or green. This adds some bright color to the interior of your shed.
  2. Hang That Wheelbarrow. There are plenty of racks and simple devices available that enable you to hang your wheelbarrow on the wall of your garden shed. This is helpful because a wheelbarrow can take up a lot of floor space in a shed.
  3. Store Your Garden Hose in a Creative Way. With the help of a small metal bucket, you can wrap your garden hose and hang it on the wall of your garden shed. This prevents it from becoming tangled or damaged by visitors stepping on it.
  4. A Multi-Purpose Hanging Shoe Tree. Get hold of an inexpensive hanging shoe tree with plenty of pockets and hang it on one wall of your garden shed. You can put garden gloves, garden shoes and even a crushable garden hat in each of its storage pockets.
  5. A Pegboard Serves Many Purposes. A pegboard can be just as useful in a garden shed as it is in a garage. Attach one to a wall in your shed and hang your small gardening tools on it. This convenient storage item allows you to grab your tools and get on with the gardening tasks of the day!
  6. Give Clear, Moveable Bins a Try. Pick up a large, clear bin with a lid and wheels at your local garden store. You may even be able to find one at a pet store because they are sometimes used to store dog food. You can store your potting soil in this bin. When you need a supply of soil, you can roll the bin outside to your garden.
  7. Organize Tools with PVC Pipe. Follow the steps of this DIY project and you'll end up with a neat area on the wall for your rake, shovel, broom and other larger tools. You can even make labels so young helpers will know where to put the items when they are finished with them.
  8. Neat Storage for Seed Packets. Use an old coupon box to organize your seed packets. This handy item will allow you to find the right seeds in a matter of seconds.
  9. One Single Shelf. Install a single shelf up high on one wall of your garden shed. I recommend you put bug spray, weed killer and similar items on this shelf to keep them out of reach of little ones who are there to help you garden.
  10. Keep Your Paper Towels Handy. Attach a simple paper towel holder beneath your single shelf to keep them from rolling onto the floor of your shed.
  11. A Wire Basket with a Handle. Purchase an inexpensive wire basket with a handle and keep your old rags in it. You can either hang the basket on the wall or put it on the top of your bookcase. When it's time to wash the rags, you can pick up the whole basket and take it into the house.
  12. A Few Bucket Hooks. Hang your small buckets from hooks on one wall. By hanging them up, they will stay out of your way as you walk around the shed.
  13. A Welcome Mat. Just because it's a garden shed doesn't mean it's alright to track mud around inside it. Find a colorful welcome mat and put it at the door of your shed. You'll appreciate seeing a clean floor every time you open the door.

Good luck with your organizing efforts and thanks for reading!-Alan

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