How do you feel when you can’t park your car in the garage because of all the clutter? Does the sight of your backyard bring you happiness . . . or is it a frustrating reminder that there’s not enough time in the day to get everything done?
Your home should be a place of peace and serenity. In my last post, I offered tips to help you fall in love with your indoor space again, so today I’m going to share some ideas for rekindling the romance with your outdoor living areas.
Reclaim Your Garage
By organizing your garage, you can save time (not shifting items around or searching for things before a trip or holiday) and money (not purchasing items you already have). If the garage is a point of contention between you and your partner, organizing this space might even prevent arguments and save the love in your relationship.
Start by grouping items into categories, such as automotive, recreational equipment, camping gear, and tools. Trash, recycle, or donate items that you no longer use. After you’ve established what you’re going to keep, assess your storage space options. Make the most of what you have and install built-in cabinets or modular storage if needed. Maximize vertical space with wall-mounted pegboards and take advantage of overhead space with shelves that mount to the ceiling.
Yard/Patio: De-clutter, Organize, & Clean
Now it’s time to tackle your yard or patio. Remove dead plants or flowers and clear branches and other debris. Throw away broken tools and donate outdoor furniture you don’t like or use. Organize the remaining items in an outdoor storage bench, shed, or deck box. For larger storage units, you may want to consider adding shelving or other storage solutions to ensure that you can access items quickly and easily. The more often you use something, the less time it should take for you to access it.
Word of warning: Be careful not to let outdoor storage units turn into a dumping ground! To avoid this problem, make sure to organize items so they are easy to retrieve and periodically check the contents to see what you’re actually using.
After you’ve de-cluttered and organized your space, it’s time to roll up your sleeves up and clean! Sweep the deck and clean patio furniture to remove grime and pollen.
Yard/Patio: Create an Inviting Space
Just like the indoor areas of your home, your yard should be both functional and beautiful. We’re fortunate to live in a climate where we can enjoy the outdoors year-round, so make the most of your yard or patio. Designate space for eating and recreational activities. You can add visual appeal with small touches like colored pots and planters, spray painted lawn furniture, or outdoor cafe lights. Fire pits are great for socializing with friends and DIY options are relatively inexpensive. If you struggle to keep up with yard maintenance, consider swapping grass for shells or rocks. If you love plants, but lack a green thumb, choose hardy fauna like cactuses.
With a little thought and effort, you can transform your outdoor living space into a serene oasis and an inviting setting for social gatherings. Fall in love with your outdoor space again this spring!
Not sure where to begin? Command Your Clutter can help you restore your home’s harmony, leaving you feeling happier and more at peace. Call to 727.420.1746 to schedule a consultation or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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