Decluttering the Porch

The porch is often one of the first place people see when they come to your house and the first place you see when you come home.

Don’t you want an inviting area?

After the flood, a lot of things ended up on our porch. So Friday my husband and I went to work on decluttering it. Here is one possible way of decluttering your porch.

Step 1: The Vision

What do you want your porch to look like, feel like and smell like? What is the purpose of your porch? We want our porch to be a reminder of fun things to do, a welcoming area and a place for gardening supplies/tools. Remember it doesn’t have to be a better homes and garden looking porch. Make it suitable for your family and lifestyle.

Step 2: Clear Out

In order to give the porch a good scrubbing we needed to take everything out. Some things went outside, some ended up in the kitchen and some went directly into the garbage. It felt good to see that space on the porch.

Step 3: Clean Up

Our porch was dusty and needed a good sweeping & mopping after muddy tracks marked it up. Dust from top to bottom (I use the Swiffer duster). Sweep. Mop. Then beat that welcome mat with all your pent up aggressions to get the dirt out.

Step 4: Think in clusters

We needed a place for

  • garden supplies
  • outdoor toys
  • remote control cars
  • chairs
  • helmets

What do you need/want to store on the porch? Think back to your vision.

Step 5: Find places to put your clusters

If they aren’t containerized things start looking messy fast. And unlike elsewhere in the house, the porch doesn’t necessarily need the finest quality furnishings. We got free wooden crates, an old bookshelf and a chest with hooks (mainly used in winter).

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Wooden crates have a place for gardening supplies in the bottom, beach toys on top and outdoor equipment in the other.

Some people like everything enclosed so it looks neater. You can do that too. I just like everyone being reminded of what fun options they have.

You can also hang things like tennis rackets, kits and other fairly light objects.

Step 6: Put things away

As you put things in their containers, keep asking yourself if anyone really uses it. Do you have things the kids have outgrown that other kids could enjoy? 

We got rid of old baseball equipment (I don’t think anyone ever used those), deflated blow up balls, some old figurine toys and an outgrown pair of rollerblades, among other things.

Porch

What’s left is what we play with or want to play with. (And yes, we have space on that shelf so the cat has some place to sun.)

Step 7: What’s not in a category?

If you have things left that don’t belong in any clusters, ask yourself if you want them on your porch. Or if you want them at all. If you are keeping them, see if you can tuck them in a corner.

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Our chairs are tucked in the corner. Inside the chest where you can sit on are balls, water guns and roller blades. Right now the hooks hold Jon’s basketaball and water bottle. But, in winter we have coats, hats and scarves hanging there. A boot rack in on the floor of the wall not shown. In summer we put our beach shoes there.

Step 8: Finishing touches

We have an end table (a big cylinder container with a tablecloth on it, shh),  that a simple decorative stone house sits on. And hanging by the hula hoops on the other wall are small pots with potpourri for a nice scent. I don’t decorate tons on the porch – not that much room. What finishing touches do you want to have?

And the final step is enjoying your decluttered porch.

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