Spring Clean Your Shed Inside

There’s no point asking ‘how to clean a wooden shed’ if we don’t talk about the inside. Don’t worry, we’ve all got skeletons in our closet when it comes to shed maintenance. However, if you follow these steps you won’t have to revisit this guide every spring!

Step 1 – Take everything out of your shed

This first step is what we here at GBD like to call ‘The Full Monty’ – because you get everything out!

Ok, cheesy jokes aside – if you want a clean storage shed for spring 2021, you need to start here. Wait for a good run of weather on the day or weekend you’ve set aside and start by moving everything outside.

Once you’ve got a good idea of what’s in your shed versus how much room you have, you’ll be on to a winner.

Step 2 – Clean up 

And of course, now that everything’s out of your garden building, you can start with cleaning up what’s left in it.

Whether you’ve got a small shed or a large shed, we suggest you run through these steps for cleaning outdoor buildings:

    • Get rid of cobwebs. Use a duster or microfibre cloth to remove loose dirt, dust, and cobwebs. Don’t forget to check shed corners and lintels.
    • Clean up spills. Whether it’s oil or cleaning product spills, take the time to clean it up. Spills often happen in those hard-to-reach places and are easy to fob off until next time. But today is that next time!
    • Sweep the floor. Start from the corners and sweep out all that dust and dirt. This is also a great opportunity to check for any floor hazards in your tool shed. Keep an eye out for loose floorboards or exposed nails.
    • Future-proof your shed. Think about all the little bits of shed maintenance that you don’t want to leave for another year. Lay rodent traps if your shed is being affected by little critters. Don’t leave it until it’s too late and you have to call a shed cleaning service!

If you want more tips on keeping wildlife outside your shed, then check out our Pent roof shed in a corner on slabs painted purple with multi-coloured striped painted on locked door

Organise Your Shed Inside

You may have skipped ahead to this part of our spring cleaning shed guide after clearing your shed out. If so, feel free to go back to the last section about cleaning your shed’s exterior.

If you’ve been with us for the whole ride, let’s crack on with our top tips for organisation and maintenance.

Step 5.1 – Install shelves, hooks, and storage boxes

We’d hazard a bet that one of the reasons you’re reading this guide is because of troubles with organisation. And hey, who can blame you?

Lucky for you, we’ve come up with some quick fixes. So read on to get your garden buildings future-proofed all the way till next spring.

  • Install shelves. Storage shelves will mean spending a bit of cash on your shed if you don’t already have them. But the dividends are well worth it! Adding shelves can help you maximise on space and keep garden tools grouped together.

    You could even construct shelving from leftover plywood or pallets for a budget alternative.
  • Use storage bins. Now that you’ve got shelving under your belt (and above your head!) you can move onto storage bins. Bins are great for organising items that can’t be hung or easily stacked. Make sure to label them to ensure you and family members put items back in the right spot.
  • Put up hooks. If you’re not utilising your garden shed’s walls then you’re missing out. The great thing about garden tools is that a lot of them were designed to be hung up. Think about how much space you could save by having a couple of hooks to hold garden spades, shovels, and forks!

So, is your shed looking spick and span? If so, now it’s time for the second part of our penultimate step.

Step 5.2 – Put everything back inside your shed

 Your storage shed can be used for storage once again!

Take everything from those neat piles outside your shed and repopulate the inside. Make sure to put them away on the appropriate shelving or in the right bin to get into good habits.

You can even think about keeping garden tools you’ll be needing over the spring and summer closer to the front. Think about prioritising things like lawnmowers and strimmers. These are tools that are going to see a lot of use soon. Then you can keep items like holiday decorations at the back of your tool shed.

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Hopefully, this guide to spring cleaning and maintenance tips for your shed has helped answer that question. We’d say follow these steps for success:

  1. Take everything out of your shed
  2. Clean the interior (sweep, mop up spills, and dust)
  3. Pressure wash the outside of your shed (using a garden hose for shed windows)
  4. Install shelves, hooks, and storage boxes
  5. Organise tools and put them back inside your shed
  6. (Optional) Re-paint your shed and install a lock

You could always hire someone to clean your shed for you - but where’s the fun in that? We think that with a day or two with some clear weather and a pair of helping hands, you can have your shed spick and span again. 


Start by pressure washing slats and cladding, making sure not to soak the roof or hit glass windows. Debris and moss should be removed from your roof to allow for proper drainage.


You can purchase simple mould and mildew removers from most garden stores. Alternatively, mix around 3/4 cup bleach into a bucket full of water for a DIY solution.


First things first, take everything out so that you can access the whole floor. The spaces under lawnmowers and shelves often go unnoticed.

Then, start by sweeping out your shed. Once you’ve done this, you can address any liquid spills.

Yes, if you can. But be careful to avoid the roof and windows. If not, a garden hose with a spray nozzle or even a cloth and a bucket of water works just as well.


Laying things like rodent traps will help to keep pests away. If you have vents in your shed you should always make sure to cover them in a wire mesh. Also, try to keep your shed securely locked when not in use.


If you’d like to learn more about how to keep wildlife out of your shed, check out How to Damp Proof and Insulate a Garden Shed (Mega-Guide Updated for 2021)How to Damp Proof and Insulate a Garden Shed (Mega-Guide Updated for 2021)

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