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Snowdrops in sunshine

Organise to make the most of your outdoor space this spring!

Spring means snowdrops, daffodils and birds singing. The sun gets up earlier, it goes to bed later, the air seems fresher. If you have an outdoor space – whether it’s a garden, balcony, patio or a few steps – it suddenly seems more inviting. Invest a little time this spring to make the most of it. Moira Stone, owner of Uncluttered in Wales, APDO member and keen gardener, takes us through what we need to be organising to prepare our outdoor spaces for springtime.

You’ll probably need to get something out of your garden shed or garage. Is it difficult to find things because it’s so cluttered? Don’t despair. Focus on the task in hand, that’s organising your outdoor space for spring, and make a note to come back to sorting out the garage or shed later.

Declutter and tidy up a bit

  • Pick up any litter that’s blown into your space.
  • Remove fallen leaves and sticks from the pots, borders and lawn.
  • Clear away any other plant debris left over from summer and autumn and put it on the compost bin.
  • Weed a little – those pesky dandelions seed everywhere and soon get a grip.
  • Cut back the ornamental grasses that die down in winter.

 

daffodils growing in a park

I’d like to make a special plea for the garden pond and other water features. Give them a little TLC by clearing out the debris. Leave it on the side for 24 hours so any pond life captured can make its way back into the water – it helps the pond in so many ways. Then put the rest on the compost heap. Your water features will thank you for it!

Spring clean

There are days when it’s quite warm enough to sit outside with a cup of coffee and admire the great outdoors. That’s so much nicer when you’re sitting on clean garden furniture in an organised space.

Firstly, wipe away the green algae that has flourished on wood and glass in the generally mild and damp winter.

Next, bring the furniture out into direct sunlight and give the covers a good shake. Clean by wiping the furniture gently with a soft cloth and very dilute washing-up liquid. Gently scrub any dirt away with a small brush or old toothbrush. Leave the furniture to dry thoroughly.

Finally, brush up along steps, paths, patios and other hard surfaces to make them look neat.

tea cup and saucer on a white outdoor table next to pink flowers

Organise and display

Abundance is a sure-fire way to make an impact in an outdoor space. Do this by putting like with like, something that professional organisers love to do. Several pots of daffodils or crocus or tulips clustered together, for example, make a much bigger statement than when they are on their own.

Enjoy your outdoor space!

If you are lucky enough to have an outdoor space of whatever size or shape, enjoy it! If it’s got a little out of hand, then an APDO professional organiser, especially one interested in gardening, would be happy to help.

You can read Moira’s previous garden organising post for APDO here.

I can do it motivation

10 Top Clutter Clearing Tips

Happy National Clear Your Clutter Day 2017! Get ready to declutter your home and dig out your stash of unused items. Visit money saving website Money Magpie for tips on how to sell, swap, upcycle, recycle or donate your unwanted personal belongings for a profit or for a sense of positive change.

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Louise Tregenza runs her business Home….Sorted covering Wirral, Liverpool, Merseyside and North Wales. Looking for some clutter clearing motivation? In this guest blog post, she shares gives some pointers on where clutter may be lurking. It may not seem like an appealing place to start but you should be heading to the garage/shed….

Is your garage or shed a ‘clutter hot spot’?

I know my garage is! I convince myself I have a large space so I can store more but actually I’m just storing clutter…

Here are 10 common clutter items you need to ‘chuck out’ immediately… remember to recycle, reuse and refuse if possible. And, no de-cluttering spiders, they are good for the garden, so I’m told!

1. Old paint tins – half empty, solid and unusable? Bin. If you want to keep a sample of a colour, transfer to a smaller pot and date. Paint tins need to be disposed of at your local recycle centre not in your everyday rubbish bin.
2. Stiff paint brushes – if not cleaned thoroughly before storing, it is hard to loosen the bristles. Time to bin and buy new.
3. Broken tools do you need a broken drill when you have a brand new on? Recycle at your local recycle centre.
4. Unused electronics – 2 digital boxes and a small TV in my garage, ridiculous! I gave to family members but you could sell on ebay or give to charity. British Heart Foundation accept electrical items for their electrical shops.
5. Bags of clothes/shoes – do you need them? do you like them? do they fit? Sort bags for charity and place in your hallway or car boot so you will drop off.
6. DVD’s, LP’s and CD’s – do you stream and download your music already? Why not sell old items on Music Magpie its free and simple to use.
7. Old furniture – will you ever re-upholster grandmas chair? Do it or lose it!
8. Car stuff – half empty de-icer cans and mouldy chamois leathers, bin.
9. Old sports equipment –I found a girls bike helmet size 5 years, my daughter is now 15! I reused by handing down to my neighbours daughter.
10. Christmas decoration boxes – you didn’t use any of these decorations for the last 2 years so will you next year? Maybe pass on to a local charity, school or community centre to use for Christmas events.

If sorting your garage or shed fills you with dread, professional organisers in your locality can help.