We’re enjoying our backyards and home exteriors more and more. These spaces give us room to spread out and room to connect to others in the sunshine. Summer and hot weather invite us back into our yards to enjoy time together. Your yard might include gardens, decks, a pool or a solely a green space. No matter the use, you are creating an organized and functional space to enjoy for the season. Spend time enjoying this space more with these simple organizing ideas and additions.
Your space needs freshening up. That might be power washing, pruning or general maintenance. Make a list of what needs to be done. Decide if you are going to do the work or if you are going to delegate it. Set a date and time on your calendar after excessive pollen has ended or other inclement weather. Working with a team makes this work move quickly. Freshening up gives your patios and gazebos appeal.
Get organized with your tools for freshening up. Set aside a space in your garage specifically for your outside tools. It’s easier to work when everything is together and ready to use. Use vertical shelving to keep your garden tools and sprays together.
Organize your zones
Just like inside your home, your outside has many different uses. Organize by zones for entertaining and activity. If you have seating, be sure you have company comforts like tables to place food or drinks. If you have sports, be sure you have bins to store rackets, balls or other accessories. Sit or stand in your spot and think about what you will use there and how to store it.
Large covered chests can help you store items. Be sure you use one chest to store a single item. Use a chest for pillows, a chest for toys and a chest for sports. Small items fall to the bottom so add a small shoe box size plastic bin to hold these. Be sure you have ample garbage cans for trash.
What’s new this year for your family?
- We’re adding more seating and community spaces to our green areas. Most popular is a fire pit with Adirondack chairs. Add small tables for placing drinks and snacks.
- Outdoor games like corn hole and bad-mitten are fun family activities. Store these in your garage or a shed for easy access.
- String lights or bring out candles for an invitation to meet after dark.
- Inflatable pools or a sprinkler help you celebrate the joy of water.
- Bring music to the party with blue tooth speakers and Yacht Rock or other summer Pandora station.
Maintain your space
Every space needs a little work throughout the season. It may be small repair or damage from storms or wind. Keep you space maintained with a quick weekly walk through that gets all items back to where they belong and organized. Have a weekly green space routine with mowing and edging your yard. Use your blower to keep the deck and chairs clean and dusted. These maintenance steps make sure that your yard is company ready.
Our back yards are becoming an oasis with freshening up, organizing and maintaining the space. You can enjoy this all year round!