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Helpful Guide in Spring Cleaning a Storage Area or a Shed

Before spring-cleaning a shed, organize the materials needed to complete the task. That’s aside from preparing a staubsauger leise to help you. Have a notebook handy to record needed supplies and inventory. If a digital camera is available, bring it to the assessment. Give the outbuilding a quick once over. On the outside look for cobwebs, wasp nests, holes or visible damage. Does it need a fresh coat of paint or a good scrubbing? Take a picture of all four sides. Perhaps some landscaping would improve the looks of the building.

Next look at the inside to determine how much free space is available. Is there a loft or room to build a one? Take photographs and notes. Discarded items make great storage containers in a shed, old filing cabinets, old dressers, old wall cabinets or unused plastic bins. To store nails and small items consider jars with lids or empty coffee, chip or other reusable containers.

If possible, add some organizing items such as some see-through, stackable storage bins, garden tool hangers, an umbrella stand or a tall sturdy container. Other things to buy are labels, crack sealer and mothballs. A shelf or two would be handy, remember to utilize overhead space. Take photos and measurements with you to the store.

After the organizing units are collected, place them close to the shed door for immediate use. Remove things with caution; watch for spiders, mice/rats and snakes. Have a hose, bucket of sudsy water, a scrub brush and rags. Remove and clean the clutter, tools and equipment one item at a time.

Have a big donate box and thick trash bags on hand for unneeded, discarded and broken items. If the shed is small, these can be two of the most efficient organizing tools. The garden shed is like any other storage unit, the clutter seems to grow and multiply over the winter. A third box or container can temporarily hold things until they get a permanent place. If a permanent place cannot be found, perhaps it should go in the donate box.

After the building is completely empty, clean it out well, use bleach if necessary. Remove cobwebs, seal holes. Take inventory of the equipment and tools. After the building is cleaned put in your new organizing units, hang the cabinets, good for insecticides/weed killers/spay paints and hand the racks for lawn tools. Put up the shelves and decide the containers placements. Label everything, put your inventory notes in a safe place and take photographs.

Put the finishing touches on the outside, paint, plant flowers, pull weeds, then crunch the mothballs and scatter them around the building to ward off snakes. Take a deep breath and give yourself a pat on the back, the shed is ready for a busy and productive season.

Liam Rubin is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Cambodia. He is currently the managing editor of T3 Licensing and a freelance writer.