If you find yourself keeping your blinds closed so you don’t even have to look at your New York backyard, it might be time to buckle down and get it into shape. A clean, organized backyard gives you a stress-free place to relax with family and friends and more incentive to spend time outdoors.
While you may not have time to do an overhaul all it once, it might help to break it down into smaller steps as you work your way around your Long Island, New York yard.
- Organize: Start with the clutter before you move on to designing.
- Plan: Think about how you want to use your yard for relaxing and entertaining.
- Create: Put it all together with the right furnishings and fixtures.
Utilize Outdoor Storage
If you have “stuff” just laying around, finding ways to organize it is the first step. Ideally, an outdoor shed is the best place to put things out of sight. You can also utilize space in your garage. Outdoor shelving, storage bins, or other weather-resistant options are also affordable ways to organize the following:
- Garden tools, pots, and soil
- Yard maintenance equipment and tools
- Pool chemicals and cleaning equipment
- Toys and games
- Garden hose
Start by sorting your various items, and then work on finding the best place to put them. Discard or donate toys and tools you no longer use or need. Once you have the clutter cleaned up and put away, you can start thinking about how to make use of your space to make it more inviting.
The Perfect Dining Space
Your covered patio makes for a ideal dining area since it’s close to the house for serving and clean up. You can also opt for a more casual approach with a couch, chairs, and smaller coffee table. If you’ve been reluctant to invest in a quality patio furniture because of the how it can become weather-beaten, consider enclosing your patio with motorized retractable screens.
Motorized retractable screens not only protect your patio area from the elements, but they can also serve to keep the entire patio area debris and leaf-free during storms. You can decorate your patio with more indoor decor items without worry they’ll be blown away during strong winds. With less time spent dusting and cleaning your patio area, you can enjoy more time lounging.
Also, depending on where you live, motorized retractable screens can help to make your patio area usable when weather is the harshest. By retaining heat, you can use your patio in winter when it’s cold outside or block the sun and heat in areas when summer is too hot for outdoor entertaining. You can have use of your patio year-round by having the ability to enclose it with motorized retractable screens, while still having the option to leave them open on days when the weather is beautiful.
Create A Lounging Area
You need a place where you can relax and unwind or spend time chatting with friends. A fire pit, whether real or gas, further out in the yard is a great space to spend time hanging out. If an outdoor bar seems too much of a splurge, consider using a dedicated outdoor cabinet to keep glasses, liquor, and ingredients to mix beverages.
Don’t just rely on the fire for lighting. You can also use string lights, Tiki lights, and solar-powered pavement lights to help create ambiance. Having a place that is relaxing can inspire you to keep up with your yard so you can enjoy it. This may also motivate you to do more entertaining since you have a comfortable space you want to share with guests.
Pool Organization Tips
Keeping your Long Island pool area clean and tidy can make the whole yard feel more organized. Utilize a pool cover to keep your pool clean in-between uses so you can spend less time cleaning out leaves and more time having fun.
Keep pool toys and pool accessories organized with a large laundry hamper, mesh pouch, storage bin, or make your own DIY organizer with a wooden pallet.
Use hooks or a hat rack to create a dedicated place to hang towels. You can even make your own towel organizer with PVC pipe from your local hardware store. Leave a laundry basket outside for when it’s time for towels to head to the wash.
Considering Your Patio Furniture Options
Once you have an idea of how you want to use each space in your backyard, you can look into what furniture best suits your needs. If you want a dining table for your dining area, then you can look into seating options for the lounging area. For a fire pit, you might want multiple single chairs to put in a circle, whereas a rectangular gas fire feature might work better with an outdoor couch and chairs.
You may also want to consider the color, materials, and size of your furniture so each area has a theme and the pieces fit well into the space available. Multi-use furniture has more versatility and built-in storage gives you even more options to keep your yard clutter-free.
More Ways to Organize Your Backyard Space
For information about pool covers, patio furniture, and options for gas fire features, contact a representative at Backyard Masters. You can also receive a free, no-obligation estimate and help designing the backyard of your dreams, including Long Island above ground pool and in-ground pool options.