Decluttering your home is a mindful and satisfying activity, so why stop there? Don’t neglect your yard as it can collect its fair share of clutter too. Fall is the ideal season to do this. You can enjoy the last few days of warmer weather while you get your garden ready for the winter months. It’s the perfect opportunity to get rid of any items you’re not using and to make your yard neat and tidy before the cooler weather arrives. Here are five steps to decluttering your yard.
Get rid of duplicate tools
You can start by decluttering your shed, workshop, and storage space. Have a look through your garden tool collection and check for any duplicates. You might find you’ve got old tools you never use. Duplicates can also go straight to Goodwill as donations and old or broken ones might just have to be thrown away unless you can think of creative ways to repurpose tools. This is a great way to declutter your toolbox.
Let go of old yard toys and ornaments
If you have kids, it might be time to inspect that old climbing frame and swing you set up for your younger children. After a time, these can go rusty and become a bit of an eyesore, if they’re no longer in use, or a good condition, get rid of them. The same goes for old garden ornaments and planters. It’s the same idea when you declutter your home, you have to make the difficult decision to let go of items you no longer need or use.
Rake up leaves and debris
Fall is a beautiful season but your yard is probably already getting full of fallen leaves and other debris. Rake these up and clean out your gutters as well. Get out all the debris from your flower beds and do some weeding and pruning before the cold weather starts. Mow the lawn one final time before winter and tidy up the edges. You can then enjoy the views of your tidy garden during winter.
Clean your patio
The best way to clean your patio is with a pressure washer. This will effectively remove any tougher stains. You can do this yourself or hire a pressure washing service. The latter will provide you with a more professional clean, so this might be a good idea if it’s a big job. If you have decking check if any of it needs restaining or replacing.
Get rid of yard waste
Now that you’ve decluttered your yard you’ll need to get rid of the excess waste. Lighter items such as leaves, twigs, and grass clippings are perfect for starting a compost pile. This is the most sustainable way to get rid of your yard waste. Any larger items or anything unsuitable for compost can be collected by your local authority. Get your yard clear once and for all in time for the winter months, and it’ll be ready for when you want to start planting again.