A lot of us spend a great deal of time and effort trying to get storage solutions for our homes just right. Unable to contemplate a life lived amidst piles of clutter, we invest in a great array of shelving units, cupboards, wardrobes, trunks and boxes in a bid to bring some sense of order to our living spaces.
Less thought tends to be given to storage options for the outside of our homes. For those of us not blessed with an extensive garage or outbuildings. Where to keep the lawnmower, the gardening tools, the wellies and the outdoor furniture can pose something of a problem. The go-to solution is often to build a shed. But when your outdoor space is limited, erecting a sizeable wooden hut can be less than ideal.
So, what are the alternatives? Just as many of us find trunks and chests useful for squirreling away small to medium sized items indoors, outdoor storage boxes can be a great help out in our gardens, too. For keen gardeners, a chest is the perfect place to store pots, hand tools, netting and all manner of other accessories. A good waterproof trunk is also ideal for storing cushions and soft covers from your garden furniture.
The great advantage of a storage box is that they can fit neatly and discreetly into virtually any space, making use of nooks and crannies in your garden that might otherwise go unused. Should you wish, sturdier examples can also double up as handy additional seats, providing a dual-purpose practical solution when space is tight.
Aside from weather-proof boxes, there are various other creative storage options that can help you make the most of your space outdoors. One sticky issue for many households is what to do with muddy wellies and boots, especially through the wet winter months. Invariably, they end up in an annex such as a porch, utility room or conservatory. But that only brings the mud indoors, and inevitably, some of it will get places you would rather it didn’t.
A great option is a purpose-built wellie boot store, a simple open structure, usually made from wood, with a roof. In appearance, wellie stores look like lean-to’s or log stores in miniature. Speaking of which, if you do have a wood burner or range in your home and store wood in an outhouse, shed or garage, you should also consider a log store. They are good enough to keep the rain off the timber, which will ensure it dries well enough to burn, while freeing up space for you to store other things.
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