Four Ways to Keep Your Outdoor Space Organized
When it's time for spring cleaning, it’s easy to focus all your energies on just your indoor spaces. Now it's time to head outside to the garage, the patio or the shed. (Because these spaces deserve just as much love!) You can use some creative storage and organization techniques to get your outside space into perfect shape. And you don’t have to rush; take your time and follow a few simple tips to keep your outdoor space a little more organized for you and your family.
Fix It Up!
When it comes time to pack up the patio furniture and other outside items for the colder weather, make a note of everything that needs to find a new home for the season. Are those cushions going to last another year? Will you really repair that deck chair that needs a little love? If it's a project that you feel like you might be unlikely to finish, it's fine to donate the item or get rid of it. You can buy new items during end-of-summer sales and store them or buy new items when the warm season comes around again. This can also help eliminate clutter in your storage area.
As the summer winds down, it's also a good time to work on projects, like repairs or refinishing, so when your pool and patio are open for business next summer, you're ready to go before you know it.
Going Through Your Outdoor Storage
Set aside an afternoon, or make plans over a few weekends, and start assessing your storage components. Just as with old patio furniture, it's time to look through things that just aren't meeting your needs anymore. A good rule of thumb is if you haven't used it in the last 365 days, it's a smart idea to remove the item. Rusted garden tools, chewed-through pool noodles and old camping gear that's seen one too many rainstorms are candidates for donating, recycling or tossing. You can also set aside all of the items that you plan to use next year and store them appropriately, which bring us to our next tip!
Adding Wall Racks and Storage Units
Once you're down to the essentials, it's time to think about storage. Opt for racks or peg boards with hooks to hang garden tools on, such as rakes and shovels. This makes use of vertical storage, freeing up space. Keep winter and summer tools in different locations, bringing snow shovels and snow blowers to the front well before the first flake appears, and putting rakes in the back after the last leaf has been bagged up. If you have a pool and need pool storage over the winter, find a trunk or box big enough to store all of your pool supplies, but reserve that space for only pool supplies. Label it clearly, and place it in the back of your shed or garage. If you’re tight on space, consider renting a storage unit for the winter so you have plenty of room to fully use your garage or outdoor space.
Look for storage items that help you in more than one way. For example, a storage bench or accent table can be used outside for entertaining during the warmer months, and serves as outright storage – or maybe even a work bench – during the colder months. Just make sure to keep tabs on what's stored inside so when the frost finally melts, it'll be a cinch to set things up again. You can also look for easy shelving to store small garden tools and items, keeping them within easy reach and neatly organized, no matter what season it is.