Maintaining Backyard Bliss
If you’re lucky enough to have a backyard to call your own, you appreciate the advantage of having a private retreat in which to pursue the activities that help you relax and unwind from the daily grind; whether it be planting petunias, floating around in the pool, or surrounding yourself with friends for a big barbecue feast. The backyard is the backdrop for a variety of activities, which means it will inevitably become the home of a collection of tools, toys, and other outdoor paraphernalia–things that can get in the way and under foot. Under these conditions, your peaceful haven may turn into a source of stress and frustration. What to do?
Get organized. What you need, of course, is a designated place for everything and everything in its place. And in order to assure that everything is returned to its special place, make sure that it is located in a logical and convenient location. For example, gardening tools should be stored right next to the garden, pool toys should be stored right next to the pool, etc. Admit it, if you have to walk all the way to the garage to put that little garden spade away, it’s just going to be left on the nearest patio table.
So now that you’ve decided on the best location to store your backyard paraphernalia, exactly what should it be stored in? Obviously that depends on how much stuff you’ve plan to. For yard equipment like your lawnmower, rakes, and hoes, the practical solution would be a storage shed. You can also install shelving and peg strips in there for the smaller stuff – like that garden spade. Now what about all the stuff that gets scattered around your deck or patio? Things like all of the kids’ outdoor toys or your pool cleaning equipment? For deck or patio storage, a storage box, sometimes referred to as a “horizontal shed”, is ideal. A storage box designed to accommodate individual dividers makes it even easier to find what you’re looking for. Just knowing you have a secure place to put everything is Reassuring. Getting into the routine of always returning everything to its place is Encouraging. And being able to relax in the pleasant surroundings of an uncluttered backyard, ‘s downright Theraputic.