Greetings from Shorter Designs! As we all know, spring is nearly here. I am really excited for the warmer weather and the opportunity to get outside after being trapped in the house over the winter months. One of the things I enjoy doing outside is working in the yard. But sometimes finding motivation is difficult for certain tasks when we can’t find the right tools we need. So this month, we are going to look briefly at getting your outdoor equipment organized for the coming months.
Some of the tools you use most include long items with sticks for handles (rake, shovel, broom…). These can easily cause clutter when not stored properly, and they can also be a nuisance when you reach for one, then 3 others hit the floor since they were tangled up with each other. A great way to get these up off the floor and keep them all together is to hang a rack on your wall in the garage made specifically for such items. You can get these racks at home improvement stores, Wal-Mart, organization stores, etc. This one thing will really neaten up your work area.
Secondly, consider shelving to keep all of your smaller lawn tools together. The shelving could be attached to the wall or freestanding. Some ideas of what would belong on the shelves are pruners, hand shovels, pots, work gloves, small bags of dirt or seed, etc. You can either organize the things on the shelves by the function of items (such as tools together, seed and soil together, etc.), or you could categorize by height of items if some shelves are higher than others.
Finally to help get you started with your outdoor equipment, it is important to think through what you will need when you need it. Make a list of all the things you know you need to get started, and make one trip to the store. Think it through for a few days to make sure you put everything on paper you may need to save needless trips back to the store on the day you plan on doing yard work.
Along the same lines, don’t over buy stock, and try to only buy things when you will need them soon. For example, mulch and dirt bags take up lots of space in your garage, so don’t buy an entire summer’s supply at the same time. Just buy what you will need for your first project or two. And don’t just buy several bags because they are on sale. Again, it will take up needless space in your garage.
I hope you find the above tips helpful to get you off to a great start in your yard this season!
Here are some great things to do in April:
- In addition to your lawn looking nice this summer, don’t forget about your deck and grill. Cookouts are fun for the family and for guests. Take a Saturday afternoon to wipe the dust and leaves off the furniture, sweep the deck, and scrub the grill. Then you can be ready to enjoy the outdoors when the mood strikes for grilling out!
- Are you getting a tax refund? With the money you get back, pay yourself first. This means to invest a percentage of your refund (like in an IRA or money market account) right away. Just because you have the money in your wallet does not mean you have to spend it. Planning for the future is important to you and your children.