by Susan McCarthy
Everyday practice: Identify how you use any space or room in your home. Is this a space for activity? Storage? Display? A combination of two or all three uses? If you are storing things in a space meant for activity, then you're limiting the way you want to use this space.
Decluttering and organizing outdoor spaces such as patios, decks, and porches can be challenging if you don’t use these spaces year-round. These spaces for warm weather entertaining can easily become storage spaces during the off-season.
The challenge shows up with the warm weather when you have to decide what to do with the items you’ve been storing.
Beware Using Outdoor Spaces as a Dumping Grounds
Maybe you’ve been decluttering your family room or bedroom and encountered some items that you couldn’t decide what to do with. Since you have the space on your porch, you decide to use the area for a temporary hold.
This isn’t a problem if you set a deadline for making a decision and then decide. However, it is all too easy to work around the items until someday in the future you realize that you haven’t been able to sit on your porch for a couple of years.
Declutter Your Outdoor Entertaining Spaces
Storing summer seasonal items on the porch you will use in the summer isn’t a problem because the items aren’t being stored when you want to use the space for relaxing and entertaining. However, storing winter items on the porch you’ll use during the summer does create limits on the space.
Keep in mind how you envision enjoying the space. You don’t have to avoid using it for storage but be more mindful of whether you want storage as your primary function for the space. Get some fresh air while tidying these outdoor spaces.
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Susan, chief (and only) organized squirrel at A Less Cluttered Life, pursues learning, practicing, and sharing information about the everyday habits that can lead to living a better life.