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Week #36 Organized Home Challenge
Organize Outdoor & Garden Storage Areas

Your challenge this week is to declutter and organize the outdoor storage and garden storage areas in and around your home, as well as your yard.

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The reason this week's challenge is important is because your front porch and yard is the first place visitors and the public see when they see your home. Therefore, this area creates an impression of your house, as a whole.

Further, if you're blessed with additional space, such as a backyard or garden areas, deck, patio, and/or pool, these are often places we spend quality time together as a family.

Your family (and you) deserve to have nice, decluttered and organized outdoor areas to do activities in, and to relax in.

Doing the steps below will help you achieve these objectives and further enjoy your outdoor spaces.

Are you new here? The Organize Outdoor & Garden Storage Areas Challenge is part of the 52 Weeks To An Organized Home Challenge. (Click the link to learn how to join us for free for future and past challenges if you aren't already a regular reader).

Step 1: Declutter Your Home's Outdoor & Garden Storage Areas

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The first step in this week's challenge is to declutter all of your home's outdoor and garden storage areas.

This includes any parts of your garage where you store any of this outdoor equipment, supplies and tools, as well as outdoor storage sheds, bins or buildings. (You don't have to declutter the whole garage now though, since we'll tackle that area in full in Garage Organization Challenge.)

Further, if you've got a porch, deck, patio and/or pool area, take a walk around these areas, looking with a critical eye, and getting rid of any clutter both in the areas, and also in any storage places underneath.

How to declutter your outdoor storage shed

Here are some of the types of items you should get rid of:

You can also look at the full list of decluttering missions I have for this area of your home.

Step 2: Organize Your Garden Tools, Equipment & Supplies

garden bucket caddyFiskars garden bucket
caddy available on Amazon

The second step of the Organize Outdoor & Garden Storage Areas Challenge tackles the organization of our garden storage sheds and garage spaces.

Once you've winnowed down your lawn and garden equipment, tools and supplies to what you actually use, and want to keep, it's time to organize it so you can get to what you want and need easily.

rubbermaid corner tool rackRubbermaid corner
tool rack on Amazon

For instance, keep hand tools together, in either a bucket or basket with a handle, that you can carry around with you, to use throughout your yard or garden as needed (such as in the picture to the right).

Larger, long handled equipment such as rakes, shovels, hoes, etc. can be stored on the wall or in a tool rack such as the one shown on the left.

Further, make sure all power equipment, such as mowers, snowblowers, etc. are placed in a location where they are easy to get in and out, since these are typically bulky and heavy pieces.

Keep in mind that, ideally, these will even be easy to get to when you've got your car in the garage so you don't have to move it to access this equipment.

Finally, make sure, for safety reasons, that all heavy supplies, such as large bags of mulch or soil, for example, are stored low to the ground, such as on lower shelves. This reduces the dangers if they fall, and also protects your health so you're not trying to pick something up that is very heavy from a high spot.

Step 3: Organize Your Deck, Patio And/Or Pool Areas

50 gallon suncast deck boxDeck storage boxes, available
on, [click here to purchase]

The third step in the Organize Outdoor and Garden Storage Areas Challenge we're tackling the areas of the outdoors where we often entertain guests and relax with family and friends -- the deck, patio and/or pool areas.

These areas should have a lot of open space for people to sit and stand and do different activities in, so decluttering is key.

Further, you've got to consider what types of equipment and supplies you need and want in these areas, and make sure you have a space to hold everything.

Examples of the types of things you may want to keep in these spaces include outdoor or yard toys for the kids, barbecuing equipment, and a place to hold patio furniture cushions.

Basically, think of the activities you do in these spaces and keep things handy that you use often when doing those activities.

Of course, there's not always a convenient place to put these items on your patio, deck or poolside, so one of my favorite types of storage solution for all three of these areas are deck or patio boxes and bins, such as the one you see above, to the right.

There is quite a variety of outdoor storage benches, sheds and deck boxes available, many of which can also serve as seating for family and guests, thereby serving a dual purpose.

Make sure to choose a size that works well for the types of items you plan to store in them.

A word of caution though: While deck and patio boxes can be very handy, they have the danger to become an unorganized dumping ground. To avoid this problem you need to reorganize them and evaluate their contents periodically to make sure you're actually accessing and using everything you place into such storage areas.

Step 4: Organize Any Outdoor Storage Sheds, Bins And/Or Buildings On Your Property

lifetime outdoor storage shedOutdoor storage sheds, available
on, [click here to purchase]

Finally, once you've organized these other outdoor areas, the fourth step in this week's Challenge is to organize are any outdoor storage sheds, bins and/or buildings you may have in your backyard or property.

Much like the outdoor storage benches and deck boxes I mentioned above, these outdoor storage sheds can either be a great storage and organization boon, or a no man's land for junk that really should just be decluttered and removed from your home.

The bigger the storage unit, the more you've got to consider how to organize it properly. In some of the really large storage sheds, such as the one pictured above on the left from Lifetime, you may want to consider adding shelving, and other storage solutions within it to make sure you can access everything you place in there relatively easily.

A good rule of thumb is that the more often you use something the less time it should take you to access it within the storage unit.

Further, if possible, try not to have anything so wedged in there, or so far crammed in the back that you can only access it by having to move stuff around for more than a few minutes, at most. If it's that buried under other stuff I guarantee you'll never get it out again, and you might as well have decluttered it and freed up the extra space.

Tell Me How The Organize Outdoor & Garden Storage Areas Challenge Is Going For You

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I would love to know how this week's Organize Outdoor & Garden Storage Areas Challenge is going. You can tell me your progress or give me more ideas for how you've organized the items you've got outside or for use in your garden in the comments below.

I also would love to see before and after pictures of your organized backyards, patios, decks, pools, and/or gardening sheds, once you've completed the challenge. Submit your pictures (up to four per submission) and blog posts and get featured in the Creative Storage Solutions Hall of Fame. You've worked hard to get organized, so now here's your chance to show off!

Organize Toys & Games Challenge

Sneak Peek For Next Week's Challenge

We're working on our homes slowly, one area at a time, so don't get too distracted from the Organize Outdoor & Garden Storage Areas Challenge this week.

However, I know some of you love to know what's coming next, so I'll tell you.

Next week we'll refocus inside the house by working on kids toys and games.

Make Sure You Make The Most Of These 52 Organizing Challenges

Get your copy of the printable one page 52 Week Organized Home Challenge schedule for the year here, so you can see all the challenges we're working on.

Get your schedule for this year's 52 Week Organized Home Challenge

Further, if you'd like to join a community of others who are all commmitted to these organizing challenges and corresponding decluttering missions, and want more interaction with me, Taylor, video archives of Taylor providing more tips for each of these challenges and missions, as well as live monthly group coaching sessions focusing on the skills and habits necessary to maintain your home from now on, I'd urge you to join the private and exclusive Declutter 365 Premium Facebook group (you can learn more about it at the link).

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In addition, have you gotten your Declutter 365 Products yet, to make sure you can get even more assistance with decluttering and organizing your home this year? There are both free products (like the Declutter 365 calendar, a $20 value), as well as add-ons, such as daily text messages, planner stickers, and a Premium Facebook group, as well as a pack of printabe decluttering checklists.

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For instance, this is what we talked about in the group coaching session, in the Premium Group, for this week of the challenge. (A replay is available, and ready for you to watch immediately, once you become a member!)

Join Declutter 365 premium and listen to this coaching session about Week #36 of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge and accompanying decluttering missions, with a discussion of decluttering and organizing outdoor, yard and garden areas of your home {on Home Storage Solutions 101}

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