Necessary items like your bins or an AC unit aren't exactly the look and feel you want your yard to have, especially if you're aiming for a relaxing oasis, or a well-manicured garden. Hide the unsightly stuff with this simple DIY screen.
Image from Erin Francois.
Basically, you're constructing a 3-sided wooden box with planks along each side to hide your items. It's pretty simple, but it looks great. You can adjust the proportions of the fence to match the space you want to enclose. You can see what it looks like in the photo above, and the Apartment Therapy link below has a complete parts list, and step-by-step instructions.
When you're all finished, you'll have something that looks much better than a big rubbermaid shed, or even better, won't drive your HOA crazy. This design doesn't include a gate, but you may want to add one for easy access to whatever you store behind the screen, or you can leave space between the screen and the wall for access.
How to Make a Simple, Modern Screen to Hide the Ugly Stuff in Your Backyard [Apartment Therapy]