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 knew the next step would be painting the exterior shingles.
I had more than half of a five-gallon bucket of “Siding in a Can” in Glamour Gray which I gave to the Cottage tenant who started painting the front of the Cottage.
I joined her helping to paint the remaining 3 walls.
I like that the light color grey (which looks almost white but contrasts subtly with the whiter trim) of the Cottage co-ordinates with my darker grey (Sandy Hook Grey) house but has a personality of its own.