When it comes to spring cleaning, people often think of throwing open the windows, clearing out the basement or the attic, and maybe even doing some home improvement projects they’ve been putting off. But what about your outdoor space?
Clutter can make your yard seem unlivable, unenjoyable, and undesirable. It may even make you apprehensive about having guests over, because you’re afraid they’ll think you’re a slob due to the mess in your yard. We’re here to tell you, don’t worry. We’ve got some great tips to keeping your outdoor space neat and tidy, so that you can enjoy spending time in the yard all season long.
1. Organize Outdoor Cooking Space
If you have a grill or an outdoor kitchen, you know what it’s like – you finish cooking a great meal, sit down to eat, and never quite make it back to clean things back up. An untidy outdoor cooking space can be just as stressful as a messy kitchen, so be sure to set aside some time to clean things up.
Use outdoor furniture, such as weather-resistant drawers or cubbies, to stow your cooking utensils and other commonly used items (bottle openers, corkscrews, etc.). If you have a charcoal grill, keeping a bucket or a small trash can that you can store your coals in can help avoid moisture issues and keep things looking neat. A hole-free grill cover also goes a long way to making sure everything stays protected from the weather, and helps your space look maintained.
2. Use a Deck Box
Keeping cushions, blankets, and other outdoor accessories in a deckbox can help eliminate the sense of clutter that can come along with a well-furnished outdoor space. Especially when it comes to cushions, even if they’re made from an outdoor friendly material, stowing these items in a sealed container can help prevent bird droppings, natural debris, and cobwebs from accumulating, so there’s no cleanup needed between uses.
3. Create a Gardening Station
A simple storage container, such as a deck box or plastic tote, can make a great solution for storing gardening tools in one place. Gloves, hand tools, yard waste bags, and more can all go inside, which means no more stepping on that forgotten trowel when walking the dog late at night.
4. Stow the Toys
Whether they’re children’s playthings or pool accessories, toys have a tendency to get left out even more outside than they do inside. A sudden rain or any other distraction can quickly lead to these odds and ends being left in the strangest places. Coming up with a place to tuck these items when not in use can go a long way toward keeping your yard clutter free. A large storage container or even a small freestanding self-assembled shed can be a great (and inexpensive) way to keep these things out of sight and out of mind.
5. Maximize Garage & Shed Space
Clearing out your garage or shed can be a great feeling, and can help you ensure that you’re using all the space you have available. Stowing yard tools, trash cans/recycling bins, and even pool toys or gardening tools when out of season can make for a simple opportunity to remove clutter and maximize space.