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Tips to an Organized Yard and Garage

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Summer time is upon us and that means it’s time to clean and organize the yard and garage! You’d be surprised at how much space you have if you de-clutter, organize and purge your yard. If you’re unsure where to start, consider these clean-up tips:

For the Yard

Sorting Out the Clutter

If your yard is rife with clutter, then pull your sleeves up and start sorting them out according to: toys, furnishing, garden tools, etc. Figure out which of these things has to go and which ones to keep. Once you figure out which ones to keep, start allotting space for them in the yard or garage.

Creating Storage

If you have a tool shed or an outdoor storage box, then you can just place all your sorted things in storage. But if you don’t have a shed or a storage box, you can always get large to medium-sized deck boxes to store your yard tools. Then, you can create a makeshift tool shed in the backyard. This way, none of your dangerous equipment will be lying around for your kids to discover.

Tidying the Garden

Trim the trees, mow the lawn and reel back the garden hose that’s strewn all over the yard. Garden hoses are a safety hazard, make sure to store it properly. You can get a hose reel to keep the garden hose nice and tidy in one location.

Break out the clippers and pruners and start trimming the garden. If you have a large grass area and you don’t want to keep mowing the grass, consider having this area paved.

Creating a Focal Point

Want to make your yard warm and inviting? Why not create a focal point? Invest in great garden lighting, add a little water fountain and rearrange large and small stones to create a small tranquil spot. You can also add a little furniture in the patio for the kids to hang out all summer long. Finish up with a couple of bean bags, colorful candles, and a little table. If you love a good DIY project, you can always search online for a DIY stone grill. Set the stone grill near the patio furnishing for future cookouts!

For the Garage

Cleaning the Space

No one likes a grimy, dirty garage. So start on a clean slate. You want to remove all your tools, put in on a tarp and start clearing the space. Scrub and sweep the floors, wipe down the walls and windows. Remove dirt, grime, dust, and debris. Once you have a clean space to work with, visualize how you want to organize the garage then slowly map out which tools go to which area of the space.

Sort Your Tools

The garage is often littered with power tools, garden and yard tools. You want to sort them by type then have storage boxes for each one. You can add a label on every box so you’ll know what each one contains at a glance.

Start Purging

You can’t eliminate the clutter if you don’t let some of your tools go. Figure out which tools or things have to go and which ones to keep. Prioritize tools that you use often and remove those you haven’t used for 5 to 10 years. Give these things away to those who can put them to good use.

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