I recently took a photo of the back of the house from the bottom of the yard.
I thought it was a beautiful shot.
Unfortunately as I looked more closely I saw all the clutter we store back there. I don’t like the propane grill up by the steps. It needs a cleaning and a new tank of propane. Also a doable project which I would like to assign to Charlie, our Grillmaster.
In some cases the clutter just needs to be rearranged. For instance I can move the round table away from the house and surround it with the chairs we just cleaned.
Other items are more bothersome like the partially-painted oil tank. Some day I hope to mask it but for now just painting it would be an improvement. Last night I pulled out my paint sprayer to get it ready to do just that tomorrow morning.
The red ride-on lawnmower has been sold on Craigslist. Listed in the morning gone by evening. That’s really the easy way to declutter.
One eyesore that I haven’t yet figured out is the trash and recycle cans. I would like to build a structure for their storage that is both understated and utile. My research has not yet revealed the perfect design nor am I convinced behind the house is optimum.
Another bothersome area is under the steps. Charlie keeps his garden tools there especially during summer. It’s a jumble and I feel it encourages rodents and snakes to live near the house. YUK! Perhaps I can resettle these items in Charlie’s greenhouse. I guess he just needs me to work out a system of organization. I’ll put it on my research project list.
Finally I’d like to plant something in the corner by the steps.
Do your little clean-ups take on enormous proportions?
I am really good about immediately processing junk mail, bills and magazines.
I don’t actually have a subscription to any magazine but I count the endless catalogs from Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Ballard Designs, etc.
I put unwanted advertising straight into our recycling bag in the kitchen. Bills and other important papers make it upstairs to the “office” in the Diva Room.
Current year paper gets filed in the file cabinet. Other stuff goes into a box in the attic that holds bills, receipts, and tax returns filed by year. This year, anything older than 10 years is leaving the premises.
My plan for the first 10 days of June is to spend at least an hour everyday shredding old documents.