A portable shelter is intended to store vehicles, lawn and garden tools, and other items so they’re protected from harsh weather and animals and easily accessible when needed. If you’re like many homeowners, you may have gotten in the habit of putting things in your portable shelter and may have gradually created a disorganized mess. Here are some tips to help you declutter and organize.

Figure out What You Want to Store in the Portable Garage

When you bought your shelter, you may not have thought too much about its purpose, other than “storage.” If an area doesn’t have a clearly defined purpose, it’s easy for it to get filled with all sorts of odds and ends and junk. 

Think about which items are important to you and should be stored in your portable shelter. That can help guide you through the decluttering process.

Decide What Should Stay and What Has to Go

You will need to look at everything in your portable shelter and figure out if it belongs there. If you have a small shelter or you have a full day to devote to decluttering and you just want to get it done as quickly as possible, pulling everything out at once may be the best strategy. That will allow you to see exactly what you have and decide how to proceed.

Only things that align with your shelter’s purpose should go back inside. Others can be discarded, sold, donated, or stored somewhere else. Purging things that you don’t want or need in your shelter will eliminate a lot of clutter.

Create an Organizational System That Works

Choose a system that makes sense for the types of things you will store in the shed. If you have lawn and garden equipment, for example, you may want to store your lawnmower on one side and use shelves or hooks to hold smaller tools. Some items may fit well in boxes or stackable plastic bins. 

Once you have implemented an organizational system, follow it consistently. When you finish using something, put it back where it belongs. If you buy something new that you want to store in the shed, find a place for it that makes sense.

Make Sure Your Shelter Is in Good Condition

Portable garages are made with sturdy frames and durable covers, but sometimes severe weather or an animal causes damage. If your shelter’s cover has been ripped, replace it before the valuable items you store inside get damaged as well. 

Shelters of America sells replacement covers in a variety of sizes. If you need a new portable garage to house a vehicle or other belongings, you can find one with the size and features you need. Place an order today.