Today's mission is to declutter yard tools and equipment in and around your home. This is also a continuation of yesterday's mission where I asked you to declutter gardening supplies and equipment.
This mission is designed to be done while working on the Organize Outdoor & Garden Storage Areas Challenge here on the site, which is part of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge.
Of course, you can do it anytime that you feel it's necessary, but during the preparation for the changes of the seasons is a great time, because you can either get ready to use the equipment and tools again, when caring for the lawn, yard and garden, or put these pieces of equipment and supplies away at the end of the season, before winter.
As discussed more in yesterday's mission, the idea is to give you a couple of days to get rid of equipment and tools that you use outdoors in your home, with yesterday focused on smaller supplies, and today dealing with larger equipment.
Everyone has different types of supplies they use for caring for their lawn and yard, but common types of items that you should at least evaluate today, to see if you should keep or get rid of them, include lawn mowers and other power equipment, wheel barrows, garden hoses, and rakes and shovels.
It may also include equipment you use for snow removal in the winter, such as snow shovels and snow blowers.
As always, I'm not telling you to get rid of anything that you regularly use and need. That would be silly, and wasteful.
Instead, this is the day to make sure you actually do use and need the stuff you're keeping, to make sure it hasn't turned into useless (at least to you) clutter.
Removing any types of tools and equipment that isn't serving a purpose for you will free up a lot of storage space in places like your garage or your outdoor storage shed, that can otherwise be used for other purposes, or give you more room to move around and use the equipment you're keeping.
Get rid of the usual clutter suspects, such as broken equipment, unused tools (such as those not used within the last year), and the least favorites if you have multiples of something you don't need to have multiples of (like several rakes, if you only need one).
Remember, it's not decluttered from your home, until it is gone, so take the time as part of this mission to decide how you'll get rid of these items, such as donation, selling, or scrapping or recyling the equipment.
Here are some photos sent in by other Declutter 365 participants, showing what they accomplished as part of this mission.
My hope is that these photos will get you inspired to tackle your own lawn tools and equipment, to get rid of the clutter.
First, here's a photo from Rignach, when she decluttered her garden shed. The pile of tools and equipment was to be sold.
In addition, below is a collage of photos from another participant, Lisa, who said, "Cleaned out the shed last weekend!"
I hope seeing these pictures has inspired you to get rid of your yard and garden clutter, in whatever form, including supplies, equipment and tools.
When you begin to declutter the feeling you get is contagious, so if you're loving the results you're getting I would encourage you to keep going.
I've got a whole series of 15 minute decluttering missions (eventually 365 of them!) that you can do.
Just pick and choose the ones you want to do, that will make a big impact in your home. But if you want someone else to tell you the order you can also grab the 15 minute daily decluttering mission calendars and follow along as we all get our homes clutter free together!
If you want to declutter similar items, check out this article with tips for decluttering tools.
I would love to hear from you, sharing your thoughts, questions, or ideas about this topic, so leave me a comment below. I try to always respond back!