Three Ways a Shed Can Help You Prepare for Winter

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It is officially fall, which can only mean one thing: winter is right around the corner. Autumn serves as a transitional period between the two most extreme seasons we have in North America, which means that we spend it preparing for the dramatic shift in weather. Part of winter preparation means storing away seasonal items, lawn care equipment, and stockpiling things that we need to get through the winter. Garages and sheds are the perfect way to do this and stay organized. Here’s how:

Seasonal items
Somehow throughout the year we seem to acquire a bunch of things that we can’t use year round. Invest in a few secure plastic tubs for storing summer clothing. Rather than leaving your bikes, boat and fishing supplies in the garage to clutter it up for the winter, move all these things into a detached shed to clear out some space.

Hardware and lawn care
When you’re moving seasonal things to the shed from the house, you may as well get as much out of the garage as you can so you can actually park your car in it to avoid having to take an extra twenty minutes every morning cleaning it off. Move the lawn mower, the weed whacker, and other lawn care equipment in the shed. Your wife is going to need somewhere to put the seven tons of holiday decorations anyway.

One of the best things about winter is being able to use the fireplace or wood stove if you have one. When you start buying or cutting your wood, you should put it in a shed. Wood storage sheds can help keep the wood dry so it will actually burn well. There’s also something adorably quaint about houses having little wood storage sheds in the yard — perfect fodder for Instagram or Facebook uploads.

If you don’t have an existing structure in your yard to store these things in, you might want to consider looking into custom sheds. There’s nothing worse than having a mass manufactured, plastic, unsightly discount sheds in the yards of nice homes, and chances are the space inside is not going to be maximized to fit your things.