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outdoor space organization

Caroline Smith

 Potted garden Image from  Fox on the run

Potted garden Image from Fox on the run

 Image by Country Living

Image by Country Living

Most of the time when we think about getting organized we think of places inside our homes--closets, cabinets, etc. This week we are offering a few ideas geared toward getting your yard, shed, and garage organized and planned out.

Tackling the yard: If yard work isn't your thing, it can be really intimidating to take care of your outdoor spaces. First things first, if your home already has garden beds you are one step ahead of the game. Not sure what kinds of plants you have growing in your yard? Invite a plant savvy friend over to help you identify what you have. Depending on the size of your yard and the variety of plants that are already growing, it may be helpful to draw out a little yard map to help you remember. If you like a plant but hate the current placement, try transplanting it to a different spot. Make sure to do some research about sun vs shade to make sure the new spot will be optimal for growth. Early fall is usually the best time to transplant. Make a seasonal chart (or use one of these) to help you stay on top of your plant care. Doing some light research on your plants to find out the best time to prune and fertilize is always a good idea. If nothing else, stay on top of weeding and watering! If you are thinking of starting a vegetable garden, this website offers a great planning tool for raised beds and mapping out your crops. A small kitchen garden would be a great weekend project! For perennial garden plans, check out Better Homes and Garden's list of garden ideas for any space in any climate. Don't have a yard? Try a potted garden!

 Image by Better Homes and Gardens

Image by Better Homes and Gardens

 Image by Birch and Birch

Image by Birch and Birch

 Image by Better Homes and Gardens

Image by Better Homes and Gardens

Often times the garage ends up being a catch all. Pick a weekend for a total garage overhaul. Spring time, when it's nice outside, is a great time to organize the garage. We recommend starting by gathering a few boxes for donate-able items and some large heavy duty trash bags. Move all cars out of the garage and start pulling everything into the middle or into the driveway. Sort into categories ie: sporting equipment, auto related items, gardening/yard items, tools, and misc. Toss any trash and ruthlessly purge! While everything is pulled out, take a minute to sweep out the garage and wipe off any shelving. Purchase any necessary organizational equipment like wall mounted tool hangers, bike hangers, or shelving systems and start putting everything back in. Make sure each category has a designated home. As always, if you don't have the time or desire to do this yourself--- give us a call!

Do you have a seasonal routine for your outdoor spaces? We'd love to hear your ideas!