While the inside of your home may be neat and organized, the outside may be another matter entirely. It’s easy to let those tools pile up, let the garden overgrow, and let stuff (think bikes, sports equipment and the like) stay scattered throughout the yard. It’s time to declutter your yard and bring a serenity it may not have seen in years. It’s more than just picking up stray items; it’s about organization and balance in your landscape design. Here are five tips:
1. Make a commitment:
Anything worth doing is worth doing right. Commit a day or weekend to your tidying project. Your modus operandi may be to tackle a little bit each day, but that’s actually counter-productive. Getting it all done in one or two sessions is more conducive to successfully finishing. By doing small tasks every day over several days or weeks, you run the risk of failing to finish because you run out of steam. Start with the deck, then move to the garden then to the shed and so on. Bring trash bags and tools with you as you move from task to task.
2. Think about your ideal yard: More than that…think about your ideal yard as it fits in with your REAL life. What’s your outdoor lifestyle? Do you love to garden, or are you the neighborhood BBQ king? Do you enjoy watching the sunset from your back patio? Come up with realistic goals and follow through. Doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Could be as simple as making room in the garage for your car (finally!). Work with your lifestyle to avoid overshooting and setting yourself up for failure later.
3. Space over category: Tackle your decluttering project in a logical, reasonable order. Think about your pain points and solve those first. You may hate how hard it is to get your bike down from the wall rack when you want to take a ride, or maybe you get frustrated with the fact that you can never seem to find that perfect small screwdriver or hammer that you always need. Or maybe the way your patio furniture is currently set up blocks the natural flow of traffic. Whatever the case, create the space you want rather than make piles of the things you don’t. And always remember: go easy on the yard décor. It shouldn’t take over a lawn, but it should add to it, says Home Advisor.
4. Find the wow factor: You know the one…when you finally look at the space you’ve created and you realize it all comes together. What joy does your space bring you? Have you achieved it, and if so, how can you apply that approach to other areas of the yard? Maybe this means you finally cleaned up the weeds around the pergola, gave it a fresh coat of paint, added some flowers, and put a cute little sitting bench nearby. Maybe you cleaned up the shed so that it finally created that open concept you’ve been going for — so you can actually get some work done in there!
5. Know your limits: Whether it’s space or your budget that’s keeping things on the small side, remember that you’re not necessarily looking to create the perfect space in the ideal yard in your dream neighborhood. It’s important to be grateful for what you already have and enhance it with things that fit your life. The goal isn’t to cram all the arbors, firepits and water features you can find into one space. Rather, it should be to pick and choose which elements bring you happiness and convenience, and use them to your advantage.
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