A village. It has a shed, accessible to all dwellers, in theory for keeping stuff like the ropes and buckets needed to operate the well (one for the whole village) or firewood, to be taken by whoever needs it.
However, in practice, everyone keeps there only whatever is broken, cracked, too old or too rotten to be usable. Ropes and buckets are always kept next to the well for convenience. Similarly, firewood is kept outside the shed, because no one cba to move it in and out of the shed. If it gets wet due to rain, people simply move it to their homes and wait a day or two till it dries out.
Is what I wrote above feasible? I'm wondering if this is not nonsense. Perhaps the ropes and wooden buckets would rot if exposed to harsh weather for prolonged amounts of time; perhaps metal buckets would corrode; perhaps firewood, if washed down by rain or snow, would either rot or store the humidity "inside", being very hard to be dried out.
Do such things like these described above have to be kept safely in a closed room, protected from the weather, or is it feasible for them to be kept outside?
Edit: Answering the clarification requests from the comments:
- The wood is being collected, cut and brought to the shed (or next to the shed) by a separate villager who gets paid for this. It cannot be allowed that any villager may collect and cut wood for themselves due to the shortage of trees in the area.
- The ropes may be hemp, but likely not plastic. The buckets may be wooden or metallic, but likely not plastic. This is because the technology setting is somewhere nearby medieval, and according to WIkipedia ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plastic ) the first truly synthetic plastic is a XX century thing.
- This also means that unless I'm wrong and tarring ropes requires a significantly more advanced technology the ropes may be tarred.