Monday, July 6, 2015

Guest Post: Organizing Your Backyard for the Summer

    This month's theme is summer fun, and although organizing and cleaning may not be your idea of fun it is a way of starting your summer off on the right foot. Once your backyard is organized you are able to enjoy each and every precious moment. 
Please welcome today's guest post written by Jane Blanchard who is a home design blogger over on 

Organizing Your Backyard for the Summer

By Jane Blanchard

Summer is here, and so are barbecues, pool days and al fresco dinners. However, if your backyard is more rundown than relaxing, there can be little motivation to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and summer sun. Thankfully, there are a few simple ways you can get your yard in tip-top shape for all your warm weather gatherings.




In order to organize all your backyard accouterments, start by gathering everything in one place. Once your gardening tools, sports equipment, pool toys and miscellaneous items are all pooled together, you can take inventory of what you have as well as what you’d like to get rid of. It’s also a good way to visually gauge what you need to store. For example, you may realize that you have enough grilling tools or gardening trowels to warrant designated containers.

2.Have a yard sale


If you have enough stuff to part with, consider holding a yard sale. Not only will you make a little extra cash to put towards, but you’ll feel a lot more organized by just clearing out the clutter for good.


3. Manage safety hazards

In order to ensure that your family and friends can enjoy a safe and fun summer in your backyard, it’s wise to check for common safety hazards.

·         If you have a charcoal grill, place it at least ten feet from the side of the house or any overhanging plants, and be sure to soak the coals in cold water after you’re done cooking.

·         If you have a pool, check your fence for holes or breaks – you don’t want small animals or young children to have access to the pool area.

·         Mosquitoes and bugs can be annoying and destructive to your garden, but using pesticides can cause even more problems. Overuse or incorrect application of pesticides can cause flu-like symptoms, so be sure to read the directions carefully or consult a professional if you decide to use them.

·         Inspect your wooden deck for splits and cracks. If you can push a screwdriver a quarter or halfway into the wood, it should be replaced. Waterproofing can also prevent moisture from warping the wood, which is a common cause of many slips and falls.



4. Reel it in


Every backyard requires a hose, but it can be both a hazard and an eyesore. If you’ve ever tripped over a well-camouflaged garden hose hiding in the grass, you understand. However, hose reels, hangers and carts can be pricey and frustrating. Try a simple metal bucket as a home for your unruly hose.


5. Be hospitable


You’ll feel a lot more prepared to have guests over if you prepare for them before you even make plans! Put together guest baskets full of sunscreen, bug spray, aloe and other outdoor essentials. Keep the baskets in the yard, and you won’t have to go digging through the medicine cabinet every time someone needs a spritz of bug repellent. Store some beach towels by the pool for guests who forgot one. Entertaining will be a lot less stressful if you already have all the necessities on hand.


Sprucing up your yard can seem daunting, but these few easy tasks can help turn your backyard into the perfect space to entertain guests and indulge in some summer fun. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time and money to have the ideal summer hangout spot – elbow grease and ingenuity are all you need!


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 Jane Blanchard is a blogger, home design geek, and graphic designer from Savannah, GA.  She currently writes for


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