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Organize This: Dining Outdoors!

‘Tis the season for grilling, picnicking and eating outdoors! The evenings are warm and it really is the best time of the year for outdoor entertaining and family gatherings. The goal is to enjoy your company, not to spend hours preparing, cooking and cleaning up. Here are a few tips to keep you prepared for dining outdoors anytime the mood strikes!

Outdoor Dining Organization

If you cook outdoors frequently, it may be beneficial to create a secondary outdoor kitchen to prevent frequent trips inside. Whether you build something custom or utilize a nearby potting bench, consider adding a few hooks for hand towels and grilling tools, as well as shelving to corral outdoor dining supplies. An often forgotten treasure is an outdoor trash can for quick cleanups. These units provide storage below and work surface above, making the most of both space and time.

Organized Grill cart

If a larger work surface is not an option, think about adding a smaller bar cart to act as a hot spot for storing frequently used dining and grilling supplies, while also providing serving surface. Select a piece that can hold up to outdoor weather conditions, wood and steel tend to be the best options. Plastic lidded bins will keep dishes and linens protected from moisture as well.

Utensil Holder

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A little lattice goes a long way in the storage department with this DIY utensil holder. Although compact, the organizer packs a lot of punch with hooks holding frequently used grilling tools and a shelf for holding a grilling basket and condiments.

DIY Utensil Condiment Caddy

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Create a portable caddy that can hold cups of flatware, dishes and your favorite condiments. This will keep it super simple to transfer your indoor dining to the great outdoors.

Too Box Caddy

An upcycled tool box also has the ability to become handy and organized dining storage.

Picnic Basket

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If you love to take last minute trips to the park, keep your picnic basket pre-packed and stocked with outdoor dishes, flatware, linens and a cutting board. Lidded jars work great for transporting side dishes while wax paper, baking liners and treat bags work wonderful for dried goods.

Organized Picnic

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Stash a picnic-ready blanket in your vehicle for impromtu outdoor dining; an easy solution is to roll an oversized quilt and tie it up with ribbon.

Picnic Blanket

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Outdoor Dining Product Picks

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Organize This: Gardening Gear!

One thing that I truly appreciate about living in the Midwest are the signs of the seasons changing. Waking up to singing birds each morning and watching the trees bloom always brings a warmth to my soul. It also means that I take a break from inside chores and head outside to tend to yard work and gardening tasks.

Garage Storage and Organization

I prefer to spend the first couple spring weekends organizing our shed and garage to set us up for success throughout the remainder of the spring, summer and fall months. The image above repeatedly serves as my inspiration; the adjustable shelving paired with the work surface below combine to create a super efficient storage spot. Today, I am going to focus on organizing the garden gear used for maintaining blooms and veggies during this magical time of the year.

  • Starting out with durable, adjustable metal shelving is a great way to maximize the vertical space in your garage or garden shed. Selecting shelves that adjust also provides flexibility in storing awkwardly shaped items and bins.

Organize Garden Supplies in Small Buckets

  • Galvanized bins will be your best friend when it comes to storing seed, soil and fertilizer. They are weather friendly and light weight, making them ideal for toting around the yard. It is important to select versatile, durable and easy to clean materials any time you are storing outdoor gear.

Organize Gardening Dates on a Dry Erase Calendar

  • Hang an erasable calendar above your workstation to document important gardening season dates such as best planting days, watering and fertilizing schedules and farmer’s market schedules.
  • Use oversized recycling bins to hold those larger bags of soil and mulch. Many offer a flip top lid and when paired with a scoop, they offer easy access any time the gardening mood strikes.

Sead Sorting Bins

  • Small, divided wall bins are wonderful options for sorting and categorizizing seed packets {image via iHeart Organizing}.

Shoe Pocket Garden Supply Storage

  • Not everyone has an entire wall to dedicate to garden tool and supply storage. Add a shoe pocket to the back of a door to hold gloves, tools, seeds, and insect spray. {image via The Coupon Project}

Pegboard Garden Storage

  • Pegboard is about the most versatile storage solution to any organizing dilema, and garden storage is no exception. Install a small panel of the pegboard to hang a variety of watering and planting tools.

Garden Tool Caddy

  • Keep an empty caddy nearby, which can be filled based on the task at hand. They work perfect for toting around smaller tools, seeds, rags and gloves.

Garden Gear Organization Product Picks

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Friday Finds 8.8

Hello, friends! Another week has come and gone, and here we are to talk about cool things from the internet yet again. I’m not complaining. This week I came across a ton of DIY projects, and I wanted to share a couple with you today, because some things just need to have that hand-crafted touch.

 

I’ve dabbled in printmaking a little bit, and I have to say that big prints are A LOT of work. Luckily, for all of us who don’t have weeks at a time to spend in the print studio, Yellow Brick Home has found a way to make it a little easier. Their DIY giant frames not only make dinosaurs look even more awesome than normal, they do it in a quarter of the time.

 

 

We all know lighting can make or break a room. We also all know that the design of the lighting fixture is a vital part to any room design, as well. These simple-but-chic copper wire DIY pendant lights from Kristi Murphy carry the perfect balance of light and unique design. Ideal for a home office, study or bedroom, these lights are sure to brighten any room’s aesthetics.

 

 

If you’re looking to add a little more texture and color to your walls, look at this wood frame gallery DIY from Christina’s Adventures. I especially love the paper flower centerpiece–and what a better way to put those old books collecting dust on your shelves to use!

 

 

If I could post pictures of my cat on here, I would (never thought I would say it, but I’m totally that person who obsesses over their cat on a regular basis…). Alas, she will have to wait for another day. In the meantime, look at Cuckoo 4 Design’s cats, and the wonderful outdoor enclosure she created for her furry friends! I’ve already told my boyfriend to start planning on how he’s going to build ours. Yes. We will be those people.

 

 

And because it’s almost September, that means one thing–football season is nearly upon us! As an honorary Midwesterner, I can appreciate the rivalry shown with this broken bracket sign DIY from Sawdust & Embryos. Specify your team hostility as much or as little as you want with this fun way to (equally) show your spirit with your spouse or friends!

 

 

Until next week, compadrés! Go Broncos!

Erin


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