Ahh, the great outdoors! There’s nothing like enjoying a beautiful day within the comfort of your back yard or patio. However, organizing the items needed for all those outdoor activities you have planned could prove to be a challenge. Whether you’re entertaining a group of friends or gardening to relieve stress, these common storage options will ensure that your time spent under the sun is stress-free and organized!

A colorful and comfortable storage bench option via Fresh Home Ideas

The Storage Bench – This versatile piece of outdoor furniture is a definite must-have. Lift the lid to store cushions during unfavorable weather or unused toys and tools. Set drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and even guests on it while entertaining, too! Make sure it’s water resistant for maximum longevity.

An adorable way to store outdoor toys via Random Thoughts of a Supermom

The Shelving Unit – Jars, bins, the garden hose, and other items that aren’t able to find a home within the bench will do just fine on a strong, sturdy shelf. We recommend choosing a simple unit that can carry large loads and withstand the occasional strong wind or clamoring set of toddler hands!

These bins from Etsy serve double-duty as optional planters!

The Bin – Think of the most common outdoor activities you partake in. Is it gardening, camping, sports, or entertaining? Grouping equipment for each of these common activities will allow for quicker retrieval and less stray tools around the yard. Bins can also be moved into indoor storage once the season for outdoor activities comes to an end.

A simple Ikea vase used to organize cleaning supplies! via IHeart Organizing

The Vase – No, these aren’t vases for flowers! Small, inexpensive vases with large openings are great for items you need within reach like hand held shovels, pruners, and your assorted outdoor repair tools. Large vases are an elegant way to store umbrellas, rakes, shovels, and tiki torches!

Photo by David Clark