15 Brilliant Backyard Organization Ideas You’ll Love

Backyard Organization Hacks

As the weather warms up and we begin the season of outdoor living, finding ways to keep the yard neat and tidy becomes my obsession. Thanks, Good Housekeeping!

So, I’ve rounded up my favorite backyard organization ideas to help everyone get the most out of their yard with the least amount of stress.

These clever tricks for storing toys, pool supplies, gardening tools, BBQ gear (and more!) will have you cleaning less and relaxing more…all summer long.

First, check out this video from HGTV, filled with inspiring backyard and garage organization ideas! Then scroll down for my list of 15 brilliant backyard hacks. Enjoy!

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Try These 15 Backyard Organization Ideas:

Outdoor Toy Storage Tips

1. Outdoor Toy Storage and Rotation

I love this idea from Take Them Outside! Toys and games get corralled in organizing buckets, and the concept of rotation allows kids to get excited by “new” activities every few days.

Brilliant Backyard Organization Hacks
Photo Credit: Take Them Outside

Start with a collection of buckets or stackable containers that can withstand the elements.

Noble Designs Storage Bins | Medium and Small Set (6q & 3.5q) | Perfect for Toy Set | Office Set | Outdoors and Outings Set | Latches Well | Orange Latches and Folding Handle Red Gorilla Large Flexible Plastic Tub, Toy Storage, Laundry, Gardening & More, 38 Liter/10 Gallon, Red

Next, find a place to store them. Metal shelving like this can work great on the patio, in a storage shed or in the garage:

Amazon Basics 3-Shelf Narrow Adjustable, Heavy Duty Storage Shelving Unit on 2'' PP Plastic Wheel Casters, Metal Organizer Wire Rack, Black, 23.2' L x 13.4' W x 32.75' H

Now, you’ve got instant fun every time a new bucket is brought out (and less overall clutter in the yard).

It’s an ironic fact that the more toys the kids have out at one time, the more they complain that they’re bored or have nothing to play with. Kids actually have a better time playing with fewer toys! It’s like they’re minimalists at heart.

Looking for some new toys and games to keep the kids busy in the backyard? Amazon has some great options — all priced under $25.

2. Patio Furniture With Storage

I’m all for multi-use, functional storage! This backyard organization solution works perfectly as both a small patio coffee table AND storage for outdoor toys and games.

Keter Circa 37 Gallon 3-in-1 Patio Deck Storage Box Container with Resin Wood Texture for Outdoor Table or Chair Pool Furniture Decor, Brown

Add a couple of patio chairs. I like this option that ALSO offers extra storage beneath the seat:

Suncast BMCC1800 Elements Club Chair with Storage-Lightweight, Resin, All-Wea, Java

Next, find a nice outdoor rug:

SAFAVIEH Courtyard Collection Accent Rug - 2'7' x 5', Grey & Bone, Stripe Design, Non-Shedding & Easy Care, Indoor/Outdoor & Washable-Ideal for Patio, Backyard, Mudroom (CY6062-236)

Voila! You’ve created a beautiful space for the kids to play (and for you to relax!).

3. Rolling Sports Ball Storage Cart

How great is this ball storage cart? It can hold several full-size sports balls and is designed with elastic straps so kids can easily retrieve balls from the bottom. The wheels allow the cart to move quickly from the garage to the backyard and back.

Mythinglogic Rolling Sports Ball Storage Cart, Sports Lockable Ball Storage Locker with Elastic Straps, Stackable Ball Cage for Garage Storage Garage Organizer (1 Set)


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Pool Equipment Storage Ideas

4. DIY Upcycled Pool Storage Container

How clever is THIS?! Susan at Organized 31 upcycled a cat litter container into a fab pool storage bin! It’s perfect for carrying towels, sunscreen, pool toys and more from the house or car to the pool or beach.

Brilliant Backyard Organization Hacks
Photo Credit: Organized 31

I love finding new ways to use containers we have lying around the house. And, I have a pool and two cats. This is a project I will definitely tackle this summer! Susan provides step-by-step instructions on how to paint and add the cute monogram in her post.

5. Pool Equipment Tool Organizer

Keep those pool cleaning tools off the ground and neatly stored with this all-weather, award-winning organizer. It comes with all of the hardware needed to mount to a wall or fence and holds up to 90 pounds of gear. And if you know me, you know how much I adore finding ways to maximize vertical space.

Poolmaster Swimming Pool Maintenance Tool Organizer, Black

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6. Rolling Pool Float Caddy

Sporting both function and style, this rolling pool float caddy conveniently stores floats as well as pool noodles and toys. UV and fade resistant and made of durable outdoor wicker. 

Crosley Furniture CO7303-BR Palm Harbor Outdoor Wicker Rolling Pool Float Caddy, Brown

Gardening Storage Solutions

7. Potting Bench DIY

For the handier folks, Holly at Pink Fortitude has an awesome DIY potting bench project that works perfectly to store gardening tools and supplies. I love the lattice work and hooks for hanging trowels, shears and a watering can. Super cute!

Photo Credit: Pink Fortitude

8. Super Duty Yard Cart

Avid gardeners: check out this yard cart! It’s part dolly, part garden tool rack, and all awesomeness.

QTJH Mobile garden tool organizer metal Garage Storage Holder storage large long lawn tools heavy duty tool rack sturdy yard cart

This baby holds all of your garden tools and easily transports them from the garage or garden shed to the yard.

9. Garden Sink with Hose Holder & Utility Storage

Another brilliant solution for backyard organization: a combo outdoor sink/hose holder with storage. This wall-mounted folding sink creates the perfect space to clean gardening tools, water newly potted plants and store gloves and trowels.

BrylaneHome Outdoor Wall Mounted Outdoor Garden Sink w/Hose Holder - No Plumbing Required Mountable Outdoor Faucet - White

Barbecue Organization Ideas

10. Outdoor Grilling Prep Station

Keep all of your grilling tools, ingredients and sauces within arm’s reach with a portable prep station. This sturdy, wheeled griller’s dream comes with two drop leaf extensions two cabinets. There’s plenty of room to store a serving tray, napkins, and cups, in addition to food and condiments.

Suncast DCP2000 Portable Outdoor Patio Backyard Grilling Entertainment Serving Prep Station Table with Cabinet Storage and Drop Leaf Extensions, Beige

11. Outdoor Spice Container Set

Every chef knows the secret to incredible flavor is the right balance of spices. Keep all of your favorite grilling seasonings in one portable container, ready for any outdoor eating adventure.

Outdoor Spice Box Set Spice-Jars Organizer Portable Organize Bag 7 PCS Spice Jar Pepper Shaker Box Seasoning Can Pepper Salt Cruet Bottle Storage Bag Set for Camping Hiking BBQ Self-Driving Traveling

The set includes food-grade PET seasoning containers with aluminum covers. Perfect for storing pepper, sugar, salt, spice, chicken broth powder, corn starch, salad oil, vinegar…anything you can dream up!

12. Galvanized Drink & Utensil Caddy

Dining al fresco is SO much easier with a handled caddy that can hold napkins, utensils, drinks, condiments and more. Measuring 7″x11″x10″, this caddy makes a pretty table centerpiece AND can double as a whimsical garden planter.

NIKKY HOME Farmhouse Utensil Caddy for Parties, Flatware Caddy for Countertop, Rustic Galvanized Silverware Cutlery Caddy with Napkin Holder for Kitchen, Dining, Outdoors, Picnics, Parties - Silver

Outdoor Pet Organization

13. Plush Craft Bag Holder – For Easy Doggy Doo Cleanup

This fun, whimsical craft project has a very useful (and necessary!) function in the yard: plastic bag dispenser for doggy doo (or garden trimmings). Renea from Inspire a Creation offers step-by-step instructions on her site.

Photo Credit: Inspire a Creation

14. Dog Toy Storage Container

When you’re a dog lover, you’ve got dog toys. Lots of them. And tennis balls, collars, leashes…the list goes on. It’s easy for them to end up all over the yard, unless you’ve got a handy (and cute) bone-shaped dog storage container.

This puppy measures 23.75” x 10.5” x 13” with plenty of room for all of Fido’s favorite squeaky toys and a box of treats, too.

OurPets Big Bone Dog Toy, Dog Food & Dog Toy Box Storage Container (Perfect Dog Storage Bin for Toys, Dog Food, Dog Treats, Dog Toys & Dog Balls – the Ultimate Dog Storage Container & Dog Toy Basket)

15. Dog Doo Scooper/Yard Rake Combo Tool

Keep your yard clean and clear of dog doo and garden trimmings with this handy combo tool! It includes hooks on both sides of bin to secure bags for easy pick-ups, and it’s compatible with heavy duty waste bags. Both the bin and rake handles adjust for hanging storage when the poop scooper is not in use.

Pooper Scooper Large Swivel Bin,Heavy Duty Metal Rake&Spade for Large & Small Dogs Non-Breakable Dog Poop Scooper with 20 Waste Bags Easy to Clean Pet Waste Use on Grass, Dirt or Gravel - Pet Supplies

You might also like:
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for more dog organizing essentials

Share Your Brilliant Backyard Organization Ideas

Got a backyard hack that you love? Share it in the comments!

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12 thoughts on “15 Brilliant Backyard Organization Ideas You’ll Love”

  1. Backyard hacks … I loved it , even I play around with arranging and rearranging my greens in my Terrace garden ? that’s my favourite place to hang around during my free times

  2. Awesome post Jennifer! I really liked the round table storage unit, that could work for me! I also never saw a hose turned into a sink! Fabulous! You’ve given me a lot of yard inspiration! Thank you. C

  3. I love all of these great backyard organization ideas. PINNED! Thank you for including my potting bench. My heart is full of gratitude. Hugs, Holly

  4. Thank youuuuu! I’ve mastered indoor organization but outdoor organization has alluded me my entire life. Very thankful for these tips!! ❤️

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