Pool Organization

July 22, 2013

Summer is in full swing and if you have a swimming pool, you are tackling the clutter that comes with it.  Our pool clutter lasted about a week before I found a system that worked for us.  Keep reading to see how we conquered it….

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When you have a pool, you get the fun toys that come with it.  I found a set of drawers from Target that fit most of the toys.  I created separate categories for each drawer.

1. Divers, Sunscreen, & Goggles
2. Pool Floaties
3. Kick boards, fins, and toys
4. Pool equipment

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Using plastic shoe boxes, I separated the top drawer into 3 sections:

– Sunscreens

– Divers

– Goggles


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The second drawer holds pool floaties. My kids are strong swimmers and dont use most of them, so we keep them for our guests.


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We keep toys, fins, and kick boards in the third drawer.


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Finally, the fourth drawer houses pool equipment and our water testing kit.


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In addition to toys, the other area that needed help was our towels.  Lands End has some canvas storage bins that work perfectly in this problem area.


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The Lands End canvas hamper is kept on our patio for dirty pool towels.  Every night, I bring it to my laundry room and wash a load of towels.


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The large storage tote holds our clean towels.  After I wash a load of towels, I bring them back down to the patio and store them in the tote.


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Now that our pool equipment, toys, and towels are organized, I can finally relax in my lounge chair and enjoy myself while Im watching the kids swim.


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Would you like to win a set of 5 Lands End canvas totes for yourself? The set, which retails for $195.50, includes an extra small, small, medium, large (shown above), & hamper tote (shown above). If so, all you have to do is follow the rules on the Rafflecopter (Become a subscriber to ABFOL & Pin to pinterest). Good Luck. The Giveaway starts now and will end on 7/27 at midnight.

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My friends Sandy & Amy are also hosting a Lands End giveaway this week. If you want to increase your chances of winning, enter their drawing too! Visit their blog here.

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This post was sponsored by Lands End. All opinions are my own.



21 comments on “Pool Organization

  1. ILona says:

    Toni, this a great post! Thank you for sharing. How do you keep your Boston ferns so lush and green?

  2. Thanks for the giveaway! I don’t have a pool, but the smaller totes would be perfect for organizing in my car!

  3. Vicki J says:

    Do you find that the drawers keep the rain out? I want to add something like this on my deck but don’t want a moldy mess.

  4. Amy says:

    LOVE these totes! Your pool looks so refreshing, too. 🙂

  5. Tracey Ayers says:

    Thank you for the giveaway chance. I don’t really understand how it works. Do I need to enter multiple times? How is the winner determined? Love the storage pool ides!

    • Rachel says:

      Follow the ‘rafflecopter’ at the bottom of the blog. You have to check that you’ve done each step. Once you’ve done the first two steps, you’ll ‘unlock’ 30 more steps you can take. For each step you do, you earn so many entries (increasing your chances of winning). Rafflecopter is a program that is used to randomly select a winner for us!

  6. Brooke says:

    What a great giveaway!! Thanks!!

  7. jo says:

    so beautiful and inviting! i honestly thought it was a resort photo 🙂 may i ask where you purchased your lounge chairs? i’ve been looking for something similar but not having any luck. thanks! love the blog!! 🙂

  8. Trisha Noland says:

    Love your pool and the totes are perfect!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  9. Kimberly says:

    Lands End tote last 4ever!!!

  10. Jennifer says:

    I can’t tell from the photos (I know you said it was covered) if that are is indoors (AC). I also live in Texas so not sure how hot it gets where you live, but you should not keep your sunscreen outdoors. If it gets hot it ruins its effectiveness and can actually be harmful. Just a friendly word of caution!

  11. Jenni says:

    I haven’t read they all of the comments but did want to say the four-drawer storage unit is an AWESOME idea and I am stealing it. I can lose a tote bag, a deck box, and a large storage tub if I do this! BUTTTTttt not sure if muons else mentioned this — I wouldn’t store my test kit outdoors in the heat. The chemicals could turn and give you false readings. I am a total pool water chemistry geek, I do all my own testing, haven’t been to the pool store EVER for chemicals or testing, and claim the prettiest, softest water in my county (well not sure EVERYONE would agree there but I do get an awful lot of compliments on it). Anyway – it’s not good for the chemicals to be in the heat, mine live in our garage bathroom, which is has ductwork into our HVAC.

  12. Kimberly says:

    Love Lands End!

  13. Sandi G says:

    Do you have any advice for storage of the chemicals? We use the big buckets of chlorine and the multiple bottles of algicide, clearifier, metal out, pH+. These are too heavy for the drawers. Also where do you keep the pool hose for the vacuum?

  14. Meredith says:

    Sorry Toni, I’ve forgotten how to get the addy from my ‘pin’ to paste in the entry can you refresh this process for me, thanks!
    Love these by the way! And the pool…but don’t have one of those, so ill just use the bags many other ways!

  15. Michele says:

    Love this post AND this giveaway!!! Our pool area could use some organization and this is easy for the kids to maintain. <3 it!!

  16. Miriam says:

    We have a pool and keep our things in tubs in the shed but they are not easy to get to. I will be replacing the tubs with a drawer unit and I think it will work so much better! Thank you for the idea!

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