Commonly known as the “place to dump things”, your garden shed has probably been neglected for many years now. Old images of when the shed was originally built may seem alien to the cobweb-ridden disaster that has taken its place.
If after entering your shed, you find yourself scanning around preparing for a spider ambush, then this is probably a sign for you to start thinking about cleaning the place up and regaining control.
Here is a list of 5 steps you can take to bring your garden shed back to life:
1. Take everything out and declutter
Depending on the state of your garden shed, it may be best to first take everything out and decide if there is anything you want to get rid of.
Equipment that takes up a lot of space but is not needed could be thrown out, or even sold if in good condition.
If you find any tools that have rusted, you can use a Rust Converter to easily repair them to their original efficiency.
Now that everything is out of your shed, you can sweep away any cobwebs or debris from the inside.
This will make your shed seem bigger, as well as making it a place that you want to be in, rather than a space to dump your excess items.
You can give your tools and equipment a quick clean too so that they don’t immediately add mess when you place them back in the shed.
3. Repair anything that is broken
Any holes or gaps in areas such as the floorboards, doors, or windows will only invite pests such as spiders and bugs. This is why it is important to reduce these spaces by fixing or replacing what is broken.
If shelves are falling apart or doors are coming off their hinges, tightening them or getting new ones will make your shed a safer place to be.
Rusty hinges may be the culprit for squeaky doors and an unpleasant sight, but that doesn’t mean they would need replacing. A simple application of a rust converter will make it look and perform like it was brand new. The same could be done to other rusted metals you find.
Look at the following transformation of a door hinge by applying Neutrarust® 661 Rust Converter:
You can easily see the differences in appearance and the cost savings that can be made from using a rust converter on any rusted metals.
Tools or bikes that have been left to rust in the shed can also be revived and serve a purpose to you again.
4. Paint your shed
After cleaning the place out and doing the repairs required, you could add in some colour by painting your shed.
Adding paint can completely transform the feel of your shed’s environment by making it feel lighter and more welcoming. For the same reason you wouldn’t want to leave the inside of your home without colour, why would you treat an external room any differently?
Having a nice, warm colour such as red or orange may prevent you from wanting to mess the place up again. Luckily, if you have used Neutrarust® 661 Rust Converter for the hinges, these can still be painted over as the product is compatible with most paint products.
5. Organise and label your equipment / tools
The final step in sprucing up your old garden shed is to plan where you want everything to go.
To reduce the desire of dumping your equipment or tools anywhere, it is best to have an organised system to store things. Maybe set up some shelves and keep similar items together so that you can easily find and access them when needed, or place things in containers and label them clearly.
Staying organised is key in maintaining order and cleanliness in your garden shed. Not only will it look better, but you will have a more pleasant experience when trying to find what you’re looking for.
No longer do you have to wrestle with heavy tools, tangled wires, and spiders in the hopes of finding a bike pump, which you’re not even sure is in the shed. You’ll now know what you have and where it is located.
The last thing you want at this point is for everything to return to what it previously was like, because then you’ll have to go back to step 1.