Today is also the MAY edition of LET’S LOOK!
If you don’t know what this is, once a month, Erika and I do a little link up where we “look” at different aspects of our lives (and then if you blog, you share and link up too!). It’s often a random little assortment of topics.
And today, we’re looking at our OUTDOOR ORGANIZATION!
Over the years, Andrew and I have developed a rhythm about what’s considered “his area” and “my area” of the house…and I would say that for the most part, I handle the inside stuff and he handles most of the outside stuff. So, the daily chores of emptying the dishwasher, folding laundry, tidying up, etc are all things I do and then watering the plants, picking up the dog poop (gross but true), taking care of all the yard maintenance/tree trimming/plant stuff is all him. (Side note: I feel like I am the winner here because I would much rather fold a load of laundry than have to figure out what perennial does best in heat and then buy said plant, put it in the ground, water it and make it sure it looks great.)
No one will be surprised that Andrew is a stickler about his yard looking nice.
And since he was raised on a farm, he still considers his “morning chores” part of his daily routine.
And since he’s so Type-A, our yard is pretty immaculate.
And if something ever happens to Andrew, I’m going to have to move right away as I would ruin the yard within the first week.
Here are some pics of things that Andrew does to keep the yard stuff “organized” and then below, I’m answering your questions from last week’s Yard Update post with other bits of info about our outdoor space.
We keep all of our pool “stuff” stored in this bin right here…
…we bought this bin at The Home Depot years ago, and it’s super durable and holds a ton…
…pool noodles, goggles, balls, water toys…all of that stuff goes inside.
We keep our sunscreen and bug spray…
…right here in this cabinet on the patio.
…see the cabinet back there under the ACK letters? That’s where it is! Speaking of which…
…our letters come from the Etsy shop Saw & Steel!
We store our towels and un-opened pool floats…
…here in our pool bath along with other sunscreen. I had someone ask me where I liked buying my pool/beach towels and my answer is always inexpensive places. We do have some cute monogramed Pottery Barn Kids towels, but for the most part, I like picking them up at Costco, Target, Walmart and places like that.
…all of our pool floats (the bigger the better!) on Amazon 🙂 .
We also just bought…
…the most amazing pool noodles on Amazon too! We’ve had a bazillion noodles over the years, but these are our absolute fave!
So, that’s a little organization…
…last week, in my Yard Update post, many of you left questions about our outdoor space (and the big sliding door) that I said I would answer today.
WHERE DID YOU GET THE RED ADIRONDACK CHAIRS?
We are obsessed with those chairs!!! We’ve been buying them for several years at The Home Depot, and they’re very inexpensive! They are super comfy, they’re very light, they’re durable, they last a long time, the color stays vibrant even out in the heat, they’re easy to stack up…I could gush all day! They come in other colors, but red is our fave.
WHAT MATERIAL IS THAT AROUND YOUR POOL AND PATIO?
We have travertine around the pool and on the patio as the flooring!
HOW DO YOU CLEAN YOUR PATIO FURNITURE/TABLE?
We clean off the table, bar area, etc before we eat out there with our normal household spray cleaner and some paper towels. Super easy. After we eat, we wipe the table off and then Andrew always uses his outdoor blower to blow off any remaining crumbs. We have lots of rules about how kiddos cannot eat or drink on the white furniture…and we just kind of hope for the best. Was buying white patio furniture our brightest idea? Nope. We just really like the way it looks…so we’re hoping for the best!
WHERE IS YOUR PATIO FURNITURE FROM?
All of our patio furniture is from Restoration Hardware (the loungers, table, chairs, sofa…it’s all from there!)
DO BIRDS/BUGS/RODENTS/REPTILES COME IN WHEN THE BIG DOOR IS OPEN?
This was the #1 question from last week’s post and the answer is…right now, it’s not a problem, Other than the occasional fly, we can leave it open for several hours at night while we eat/grill/watch TV on the patio/enjoy the weather without any problems. We don’t leave it open and unattended and at some point, I assume the mosquitoes will start creeping there way up and we won’t be able to leave it open…but I have a feeling the heat will be the real reason why we stop opening it during the summer. Right now, I think we’re in the sweet spot for enjoying the weather and having the inside/outside space open.
WHAT SHRUBS ARE PLANTED THERE FOR PRIVACY?
They’re Emily Bruner Hollys and Live Oaks.
WHERE DID YOU BUY YOUR SWING-SET?
The brand is Gorilla Playsets!
HOW OFTEN DO YOU BRING YOUR CUSHIONS IN?
We bring them in during the fall, winter, early spring and store them stacked vertically in the garage on a high shelf area. When the weather starts to get nice mid-spring, we’ll bring them back out and then really, for the most part, we leave them there unless we know a big storm is coming and then, we’ll bring them up to the patio just during the storm.
WHAT KIND OF HEATERS DO YOU HAVE IN THE CEILING?
So, that’s a bit about our outdoor yard and organization! Next month on Let’s Look…OUR SUMMER BUCKET LISTS!
If you blogged along with us today, don’t forget to link up at the bottom.
One last little thing…
…when we went to Mexico last week, I was so excited to use my Colleen Rothschild Discovery Kit! I’ve blogged about this before, but it’s travel-sized containers of her most popular products, and it was PERFECT for packing! It would also be perfect for trying out a variety of her products before committing to the larger sizes. Right now, she is having 25% off site-wide with code FAM25, so I wanted to let you know! This is not only my favorite skincare line, but my mom’s too! This is a great deal right now!
Have the best Wednesday, friends!!! xo