Summer is coming and, with it, an increase in the amount of gear and equipment we have for the outdoors. This leads us to thinking about the best outdoor storage ideas and what can be done to keep life tidy and still full of fun and adventure.
Outdoor Storage Ideas Vary with What You Need to Store
When it comes to determining what you need to store outside, your needs will be different than those of your neighbors. Yard size, landscaping, and use are all part of the equation. Someone with an in-ground pool and patio has different storage needs than someone with vegetable or flower gardens. Playground equipment for the kids, exercise or sporting equipment, even the type of landscaping will all require different types of storage.
Here are some of the things people commonly store outdoors:
- lawn care equipment — lawn mower, rakes, clippers, hedge trimmers, hose, sprinklers
- gardening equipment — pots, soil, gardening gloves, hoes, shovels
- backyard entertaining supplies — grill, charcoal or propane, grill cleaners, cups & utensils, sound system
- pool care — pool chemicals, skimmers and brushes, floatation devices, pool toys, towels
- exercise/sporting — volleyball/badminton net, golf tees & balls for putting, yoga mats, soccer balls, footballs, off-season team gear
Logical Ways to Handle Your Outdoor Gear
The obvious solution for many of these items is a section of the garage, but often it is packed and in need of a good cleaning. Plus, you shouldn’t give up your car’s shelter. After all, the hot sun isn’t good for your expensive vehicle. There are many other options available. Before you spend too much money, you should consider the issue of home storage vs. seasonal off-site storage.
Sheds are a helpful idea if you have space and can afford the expense of buying a prefab one or building a DIY shed. Considerations include level ground, security, and size.
Hanging storage is another option. You can attach racks and hooks to the side of the house or garage that faces away from the road. This will give you a neat and tidy way to store all sorts of equipment like hoses and rakes.
Benches with built-in storage are a great dual purpose way to store stuff outside. If you can’t find one that suits your needs, you can build one using a how-to article or video as a guide.
Cabinets and shelving come in all sorts of sizes, colors and configurations. Make sure they are suitable for outdoor use and then use a weatherproofing stain or sealer for extra protection.
Buckets/caddies and tubs are great for grouping small supplies together. A gardening caddy can hold everything you need and can be stashed easily under a patio chair or bench. Put all your BBQ supplies into sealed plastic tubs that stack next to the grill.
The right storage may require creative thinking. As you’re wandering through the garden or seasonal section of your favorite store, imagine how you’ll store the things you buy. Watch for yard sales in your area or head to thrift stores to find old furniture that can be repurposed into outdoor storage. Look for inspiration in everything. For example, that hamper system isn’t just for laundry, you can use it to separate your kids’ pool toys or sports equipment.
Take the time now to figure out where you’re going to store everything. Then you’ll have time to enjoy the outdoors instead of wondering why there’s so much stuff cluttering up your yard. Seasonal storage is always available at your nearest Storage West location: Arizona, California, Nevada, and Texas.