Get In Gear...Or At Least Get It Organized

Look familiar?


Don't panic. You're not alone. We're here to help.

It's inevitable. Summer is not unlike other seasons. As temperatures change, our activities change and along with that...more stuff! And with more stuff come more organizational issues. What to do with the swim floaties, outdoor cushions, and garden hose? What to do with all those (sigh) toys, toys, toys? Don't sweat it. If you don't have a garage (or do and would actually enjoy parking in it once in a while), we've got ideas to help you keep your cool this summer, especially if you manage to wrangle others into storing everything in its proper place. From crafty to designer chic, you'll love these solutions to the most common summer storage problems.

Shed Up
If you have a garden shed, chances are it's stuffed with all things...well, garden. Space permitting, investing in an additional shed can house your summer stuff, like bicycles, rollerblades, bats and balls. This double-door shed even has built-in shelving!


Deck for Cover
A deck box is a perfect solution in so many spaces. Need a place right in the pool area to stash the floaties, noodles, beach balls, and goggles? This one hides a slew of pool paraphenalia.


How about a dual function spot to store toys and sit and watch your little ones play? This stylish storage bench would look fantastic sitting right on your front lawn. Toys on your front lawn never looked so good.


And how about the multi-function nature of this next deck box? Storage unit by day, this piece easily morphs into seating or a coffee table by night. Wondering where to keep essentials like cushions, pillows, and blankets for cool summer evenings? Here are some great options.



By Hook or By Crook
Use what you've got. Attach hooks to fences and rig up instant organization. Great for cumbersome pool supplies like a vacuum, hose, and skimmer, these hooks keep your pool area safe. No more tripping!


Cute and creative for toys, use hooks to attach milk crates or other bins to fencing. Customize crates by choosing an individualized color for each child. We can't guarantee they won't argue over the toys, but there'll be no question whose bin is whose!

Entertaining Style
Need a little more space for your outdoor entertaining needs? Think napkins, serving trays, pitchers (yum). Consider a sideboard suitable for the elements.

                                           

Photo: Home Portfolio

See? No need to panic. You have options. Got some other creative outdoor organizing ideas you'd like to share? Please post a comment and let us know!

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