Organizing the Backyard for Spring and Summer

We are happy to have guest blogger, Fix it Yourself, writing for us this week!

Grey small outdoor shed with backyard landscape.

Spring brings us outside to enjoy the season’s burst of new life. With spring comes the blooming flowers and plants, critters coming out of hibernation, and more outdoor play. Spring also brings more outdoor stuff. If last year’s spring and summer backyard was a maze of clutter and clunky toys, we’ve put together some tips to help you keep an organized backyard.

Weather Resistant Storage

If you have the room, consider putting a shed on your property. The added storage offered by a shed is amazing to say the least. Not only can you store gardening and lawn equipment, you can also store outdoor toys like bikes, pool toys and sports equipment.

Keeping your things inside an attractive weather resistant shed instead of outside will keep them newer longer. This is a great way to teach kids how to take care of their stuff.

Have a Yard Sale

Need to raise money to buy a new shed for your property? Consider having a yard sale. Clear out the indoor and outdoor clutter and use the proceeds to buy yourself and your things (maybe a new croquet set?) some extra storage.

Clear the Clutter and Donate to Charity

Kids grow up quick. Then why do their toys seem to stick around a lot longer than they should? Spring is a great time to get rid of old outdoor toys by donating them to charity. The Goodwill and the Salvation Army both take used donations that they resell to support job training and other programs in the local community. Don’t forget to get a receipt for a tax deduction.

Beautify Your Backyard

The more care you give your backyard, the more you and your family will want to keep it organized and clutter free. After all, your backyard should be a place of play but also a place of rest and relaxation. Help your backyard reach its fullest potential with a good spring lawn maintenance and clean up. Fertilization, weed and insect control, mulching, mowing, tree and shrub care, and general lawn maintenance are a must each spring to keep your backyard looking beautiful.

The Grill

If you haven’t been grilling this winter (and even if you have!), it’s time to clean up the grill and the area around it. All too often, this is a spot that tends to get ignored. Even if you keep your grill covered, it still needs the occasional degreaser. And what about those grilling tools? Are they in a handy, organized spot or just thrown to the side somewhere?

Pool Side

If you have a pool, chances are you have pool toys, pool cleaning equipment, and lounge chairs. A shed certainly comes in handy to safely store away chemicals used to treat your pool and for toys that you’re not using. You can also put extra lounge chairs away and out of the sun and have them in a convenient location for guests who are sure to come and enjoy your beautiful pool and organized backyard.

Your backyard is your own private, spring time wonderland. By placing importance on the care and organization of your backyard, you and your family are sure to enjoy many fun filled and peaceful days and nights enjoying all it has to offer.