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Shed clearance


by Adam Pasco

My shed has become a disgrace ... again. I did give it a good clearout a couple of years ago, but the clutter accumulates again very quickly.


Adam Pasco tidying up in his garden shedI’m not one for New Year resolutions, but there’s a nagging voice in my head (no, it’s not my wife) saying I should make one.

My shed has become a disgrace … again. I did give it a good clearout a couple of years ago, but the clutter accumulates again very quickly. I really must tidy it up, throw away the clutter that really won’t be used, and create a practical storage space that is once again a pleasure to use.

Throwing things away is one of the hardest things in the world. Those useful bits of cane (getting ever shorter as their ends break), lengths of hosepipe, wire, old compost bags, half-empty seed packets… You name it, I probably have it in my shed. Finding it, though, is another matter.

I can hardly get in the door now — entering the shed is like tackling an assault course. It won’t actually take that long to complete the job, but the weather over Christmas has been so cold (and kept me indoors decorating my daughter’s bedroom) that I’m putting off the job until conditions have warmed up a little.

There I go again. Excuses, excuses. There’s no time like the present, and with little else to do outside it makes sense to get the shed tidied up ready for the busy spring ahead, when I’ll be able to lay my hands instantly on every tool I need, and find those handy bits of cane or wire should I ever need them.

I know I’ll feel better once the job is done, and then I could perhaps set about emptying out the compost bins, finishing the winter digging and tidying up behind the greenhouse. Just one more cup of tea and then … perhaps it will be a little warmer outside tomorrow!



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Gardeners' World Web User 05/01/2009 at 16:45

our sheddies would love to see a few pictures of your shed over at http://www.readersheds.co.uk once you have cleaned it up.!

Gardeners' World Web User 06/01/2009 at 12:22

Having good storage is one key element to keeping the shed tidy. I just got hold of some old coffee tins from the office to keep those smaller bits and pieces safe.

Gardeners' World Web User 06/01/2009 at 15:47

Back in Feb 08 I had a potting shed delivered - what bliss, I love it in there, especially on Sundays when my husband and I are not going out anywhere. Come the summer the shed began to get rather filled and a little untidy - eg grandaughters using it as a Wendy House!as well as my own bits and pieces; come end of November I just had to tidy everything up, which I did, one cold Sunday morning, only to find that a few days later the trampoline safety padding had been neatly folded and left in my shed instead of in its usual place in my husband's shed. Whose shed is it? mine, my husband's or my grandchildren? It's all mine when I'm using it and everyone elses when I'm not, but it will always be me keeping it tidy, do I mind - no I do not.

Gardeners' World Web User 09/01/2009 at 19:57

I need to follow your lead - but will wait till you've actually got out there! Extra incentive??

Gardeners' World Web User 09/01/2009 at 20:51

My shed is cleaned in the spring and seems to stay tidy until the end of the season when I use it to store pots and there never seems anywhere else to store the lawn mower, open the door and you need to move that before you can do anything. Storage and shelving are important though. Mini greenhouse's when not in use in the summer, can be used to store pots and junk safely till they are needed. Well its good in theory anyway.

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