It’s summertime and, weather permitting, it’s time to start enjoying your garden more. To enjoy yourself this summer, make sure you start right – clear the clutter and rediscover how beautiful your garden can be. Here we look at smart storage solutions for your outdoor areas. And remember, for anything you can’t find a good place to store we’ve got storage space that keeps everything safe until you need it.
Make best use of your space
If you’ve got a garden shed, chances are it’s full of things you rarely (or never) use. So, you might want to start by looking through what’s in there and prioritising what’s required. Do you really need the spare tiles from your bathroom conversion ten years ago? Is that child’s bike ever going to get used again? Stick things you don’t need any more on Gumtree or eBay and get some money to buy things you do still need.
You can also make better use of the spaces you have by using smart storage ideas. Here are a few that we love for giving us back more of our outdoor spaces.
Boot and shoe storage
An upturned wooden pallet makes a great place to store walking boots, Wellington boots and training shoes (whose smell might mean you don’t want them in the house).
You can even use old wooden boxes to create smart storage for your shoes and boots. You can pick up new and vintage boxes on eBay. Get some plain ones and stain them to make them fit with your home’s design scheme.
Why not hang your garden tools up? If you’ve got a shed, you can hang them in there. This frees up floor space for larger items and means you can always get the tool you need, without having to empty the shed to find it.
This one is a major problem for many people. How to store your bike so it’s easy to access but not in the road? There are lots of solutions out there. The main options are a mini-shed or a pulley system. Which one is right for you will depend on what sort of space you have available (and how many bikes you need to store). Have a look online and see the choices for yourself.
And, if you’re feeling a bit more love for your bike, you could look at the furniture designed by Chilean Manuel Rossel. He gets round the problem by integrating your bike into the design of your home. We’d love one of his pieces.
Toys and balls
If you have kids then your garden probably resembles the aftermath of an argument in a toy shop. A few smart storage options can soon have your garden looking tip-top again.
You can simply hang a few boxes from your fence or a wall of the house, or you can have a free-standing unit with boxes on it. As a bonus, it helps the kids learn to take responsibility for their own toys.
If you don’t have a unit to wind your hosepipe onto, why not try an old tin bath as a storage option. You simply coil up the hose and place it into the bath. You can leave it in a corner of the garden or store it indoors. You can also buy canvas bags, wall hooks and spindles to wind your hose onto.
Whatever you need to store, there are websites out there to help you find the best solution. And, if all else fails, we’re here to keep your prized possessions safe until you need them.
So, whenever you need some storage, just give us a call. We’re happy to show you round our storage facilities. Our knowledgeable, friendly staff will be on-hand to help you find the most cost-effective storage option.
Give us a call or pop in to see how we can help you make more of your space.