|This is what I want but it is not allowed|
It would be nice to store the shovels close by. My potting bench is on this side of the house. The garage is on the other side. I walk back and forth, back and forth.
There are Association Rules and Sacred Bylaws against outside structures, but no rules against patio furniture.
So here is my solution. This is patio furniture:
It's actually a storage bin for garbage cans. The hinged lid lifts. The front doors open. It is made of cedar, and will fade to the same silvery gray as the potting bench and the deck railings. It smells wonderful.
It's perfect for my needs, it sits right near my potting bench, and it is not a structure prohibited by The Bylaws, as long as you and I call it furniture. And no one can see it anyway, sitting here on the patio below the deck.
I am so organized now.
I put cuphooks inside, hung a basket for my gloves, and put a tension rod across the width of the interior, which holds the shovels from sliding about, and allows me to hang some S hooks, a rag and a little bucket for small miscellany.
Below, on the floor there is a bigger bucket and a crate for larger stuff, and a freestanding shelf with slide out drawer. The really big things like the wheelbarrow and garden cart and big bags of potting soil are still kept in the garage.
Go ahead and admire it now, because it will never ever look this neat and tidy again.
But even if the arrangement of everything falls into disarray and becomes the jumble it wants to be, it is still exactly what I need. Everything is at hand, out of the rain, close by my bench, right where I need it.
And it is technically legal.