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How to clean and repair your garden shed

You will need

  • Tool rack
  • Wooden shelving units
  • Roofing material (if required)
  • Broom
  • Hammer and nails
  • Screwdriver
  • Padlock and security marker kit
  • Tape measure
Do it: all year round
Takes just: a day (depending on the condition of your shed!)


If your shed has become a dumping ground and you've run out of space to store your gardening equipment, then it's time to take action. Follow our guide to clearing, cleaning and repairing your shed and making it secure.

How to do it


Start by taking everything in your shed outside, emptying it completely. Brush cobwebs away, sweep the floor and then check over for any structural damage like rot. Dispose of anything that you don't want or need anymore.


You'll be able to store much more if you invest in some shelving units to keep boxes, packets, bottles, pots and trays in order. Measure your shed before you buy. Also take the tape measure with you to check units will fit through the door when you get them home.


Assemble any units as required and organise and tidy everything away. Fit a tool rack to the wall. Hang or clip tools.


Place a mousetrap or bait box in your shed to prevent vermin setting up home and causing damage.


Use security marker kits to label mowers, tools and power tools with your house number and postcode. This will help to identify them in case of theft.


Finally, make sure you have a strong lock on your shed to prevent thieves from helping themselves.

Our tip

Freecycle and eBay are excellent for recycling things you have no use for but someone else really needs.

Discuss this project

Talkback: How to clean and repair your garden shed
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kaycurtis 24/11/2011 at 15:28

I love the idea of doing the shed clean up, but walking down my garden would be a no no, now the snow is melting my heavy clay is a quagmire, and would be completely ruined, not that I would be able to stay on my feet as I garden on a steep hill and I would be slip sliding away.

apigeonfromhell 24/11/2011 at 15:29

i liked the two year rule, i didn't adhere to it, but i did like it.
i have now built in benches and shelves, and a two tier tool rack on one wall;- and the shed was very tidy.
but now, with all my extra storage space, i have managed to fill the shed to bursting yet again.
another clear out required, but this time i SHALL adhere to the two year rule!

drummerboy 30/11/2013 at 13:12

What can I use on the roof of my shed instead of felt. It has a pitched roof

KEF 30/11/2013 at 15:56

My shed has a felt roof and is pitched, can I ask why you a want a different material ?