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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!

Garden Shed organizing round up

Caroline Smith

 Image from  archilovers.com

Image from archilovers.com

Spring is right around the corner and we've gathered some tips from around the web to help you purge, organize, and restock your garden shed. Sometimes it's hard to find the motivation to get a jump start on your yard and garden plots but having an inspiring potting shed definitely makes it easier. If you don't have a shed, think about possibly creating a gardening/lawn maintenance corner in your garage.


 

 

1. There is nothing worse than rusted, dull gardening tools. To keep tools sharp and shiny, try storing them in a sand filled bucket or clay pot and mix in a little bit of oil. Your tools will be well kept and easy to grab on the go.

 

 


 Image from  bhg.com

Image from bhg.com

 

 

2. Be resourceful. Think outside of the box and repurpose items you already have. Use a chick feed as a shelf, use an old shutter as a shelf, mount old rusted tools to the wall to hang things from. Once you start thinking creatively you'll find you have all kinds of things you could probably put to good use.

 

 


 Image from  bhg.com

Image from bhg.com

 

 

 

3. To help keep track of when to plant what, try displaying your seeds by month. We love this idea of using ribbons and clothes pins. Seed packets are so pretty it's like displaying informal art.

 

 


 Image and tutorial from  Turtles and Tails

Image and tutorial from Turtles and Tails

 

 

 

4. If you have limited space and you're sharing real estate in a garage, use this handy pull down table to create space for potting plants when you need it.


 Image and tutorial by  Instructables

Image and tutorial by Instructables

 

5. Need seating and storage as well? This step-by-step tutorial walks you through how to create these tasteful and useful benches when storage is limited.

 

 

HYD hopes these ideas give you reason to get outside, get a little dirt under your nails, and enjoy the spring that's on it's way!

Chair Rehab

Caroline Smith

I've noticed something interesting lately....

A lot of people have a chair problem. What I mean by chair problem is that a lot of people can't pass up a good deal on chairs, have too many chairs, dream about chairs etc. Confession... I'm a chair addict. There have been seasons of life where my chair problem is in check but I realized a few days ago that I've bought 8 chairs in the last month. Hear me out, it was two sets of 4 and I have a place for all of them :)

We recently remodeled our porch ceiling and I'm so excited to finally make our porch an extension of our living space (I know, I know, I should have done this in the spring but it just didn't happen).

 Before -this was hiding under a layer of vinyl siding

Before -this was hiding under a layer of vinyl siding

 After

After

Our porch runs across the front of our house and around one side and I have a plan for the space. The front will be living and hanging out space and the side will host a table for 4. I'm working on a fairly tight budget so I'm trying to get creative and I've got a furniture rehab project up my sleeve.

Last year I bought an amazing table at Mid Mod Collective's Salvage Sale for a steal. I've been using it inside but happened upon an amazing little vintage 4 seater for $30 at a garage sale last week that I'm going to put in its place. The round table is making it's way to the porch but I needed chairs.

 The Salvage Shop posted this lovely set on facebook last week and I ran over to buy them before they got snagged.

 Image by The Salvage Shop (Chairs purchased from them as well)

Image by The Salvage Shop (Chairs purchased from them as well)

Now I know what you are thinking, "Won't bamboo get destroyed outside?" and as a friend put it "they kinda remind me of old ladies playing bridge" (haha) but a little DIY makeover will fix all of that. I'm going to treat the wood with an outdoor sealant to protect it and I'm going to recover the seats and chair backs with oil cloth.

Here is where YOU come in... I would love to get everyone's opinion. There are so many great options. I know I want something kind of vintage inspired and I'm thinking I want something pretty colorful. Which one would you pick?

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Option 1

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Check your favorite fabric option.

 

P.S.  We highly recommend both The Salvage Shop & Mid Mod Collective for one of a kind, vintage, and eclectic treasures.