Outdoor Organization Ideas

The great outdoors are not so great if you can’t sit back, relax, and enjoy your surroundings. If your patio, porch, or deck is overcrowded and messy, Real Simple has outdoor organization ideas to help corral the clutter so you can savor your time breathing in the fresh air. Looking to upgrade your yard’s décor and take it to the next level? The Real Simple editors have scoured the market and rounded up some of the best outdoor finds— including pieces for small spaces. You’ll even find tips on how to arrange and accessorize your space—no matter how much square footage you have (or don’t) in your backyard. And when the warm season has come to an end, our plethora of cleaning guides will walk you through how to scrub down everything from your deck and your furniture (wicker, teak, plastic, and aluminum) so those pieces will look as good as new when you pull them out the following year.

Folding Chairs for Barbecues, Baseball Games, and Beaches

Eight great chairs, whether you want to accommodate extra guests or just sit back and relax.

6 Décor Finds for Small Outdoor Spaces

Sponsored by Sherwin-WilliamsWith the weather warming up, it’s time to move the festivities outdoors. These smaller scale finds are sure to spruce up your space and make outdoor living comfortable and beautiful.

4 Great Cleaners for Outdoor Surfaces

Tackle outdoor stains with these surface-specific cleaners.

5 Secrets to Cleaning Outdoor Furniture

The right way to freshen up patio tables and chairs―whatever they’re made of.

The Definitive Guide to Cleaning All of Your Summer Items

Gardening tools, bikes, the ginormous inflatable unicorn: This primer gives you the nitty-gritty on all of them.

5 Steps to Cleaning Your Deck or Patio

A once-a-year scrub-down will extend the life of a concrete patio, a wood deck, or a stone walkway—and will make your outdoor zone gleam.

5 Tricks for Decorating a Small Patio

Decorating tricks to make a tiny backyard or balcony stand out.

Smart Outdoor Storage Containers

Make the most of your outdoor space by getting all of that summertime stuff organized.

22 Outdoor Spaces You’ll Want for Your Own

From porches to patios, transform your outdoor space with smart decorating tricks.

20 Easy Outdoor Organizing Tips

Here are 20 clever ideas to help get your summertime gear in gear.