STATEPOINT-- It’s time to prep a home’s outdoor spaces for the season ahead. From the yard to the garage to the deck, getting these areas tidy is all part of a thorough spring clean. Here are some tips to make the process faster and easier.

De-clutter a workspace. The shed, garage, toolbox, it’s time to take stock of what people are storing in these key areas.

Broken tools, piles of junk, these are items that will get in the way and slow people down all season long. So before getting to the nitty gritty of a outdoor spring clean, take the time to organize the workspace.

Throw out what is junk, donate what isn't being used and organize the rest into categories. Vertical storage can save crucial room, so install tall shelves and use walls and the ceiling to install organizational systems. Now is also a great opportunity to perform routine maintenance on lawn equipment and tools to improve their efficiency.

Identify multitasking tools. Check out innovations on old tools that can make versatile workload easier. For example, upgrade equipment. Remember, different surfaces require different cleaning techniques.

Do smart yard maintenance. If people have a larger yard, they might consider a riding mower to save time and energy on lawn maintenance. Remember not to over-mow a lawn. Not only is it not healthy for the grass, it can be a time suck and increase carbon footprint needlessly.

Likewise, only water a lawn and garden when necessary. During periods of rain, ease up on this chore. The most efficient times of day to water lawn are morning. When the sun is strongest, homeowners will lose more water to evaporation and work will be for naught. By changing up lawn care habits, people can save time all season.

While working outdoors can be fun, don’t spend more time than needed to on household spring cleaning tasks. Finding simple ways to be more efficient will give people more time to enjoy their home’s outdoor spaces.

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