8 Secrets For Creating an Inviting Outdoor Space
NOW THAT THE WARM WEATHER IS ARRIVING, IT’S TIME FOR THE ANNUAL SPRUCE-UP OF MY OUTDOOR SPACE. I USED THESE CLEVER IDEAS TO MAKE THOSE AREAS FEEL LIKE AN INVITING PLACE TO SPEND TIME IN INSTEAD OF JUST A PLACE FOR PUTTING POTTED PLANTS.
THE FIRST STEP IS TO CLEAN – HOW TO MAKE IT EASIER
I know, I hear you. This isn’t a fun step, but it’s a necessary one! All of my outdoor spaces are filthy after a fall and winter of dropping leaves and don’t even get me started talking about the yellow pollen we have to deal with around here in early spring.
Even though cleaning isn’t my favorite thing to do, here are three ways that I make it as painless as possible:
-.My favorite newly discovered product for easily cleaning dirt, dust, green algae, mold and mildew from siding and woodwork is Mold Armor E-Z House Wash. Guys, this product is nothing short of amazing! I literally attached it to my hose, sprayed my woodwork and waited a few minutes before hosing it off. No scrubbing!
After using this product, the white railing on my porch looks like it was just painted. Be sure to read all of the directions before use to see what you need to do to protect plants and exactly how to use the product.
-.I only use outdoor rugs and outdoor pillows and cushions in outdoor spaces, even if the area they’re in is covered and protected. The best thing about using products that are made for the outdoors, is that all you usually need to clean them with is a garden hose.
I whack the pillows and cushions together to remove as much of the dust as I can, then give the pillows, cushions and rugs a good hosing down. In the event that there are any mildew spots on the pillows or cushions there are several methods for removing those. Simply Google, “how to remove mildew from outdoor cushions” and choose the method that works the best for you.
-.No special products are needed to clean the furniture and accessories. I simply use damp paper towels to wipe it all down.
OUTDOOR LIVING IDEAS AND FURNITURE ARRANGEMENT
Determine how you want your space to function. That will dictate why type of furniture you’ll need. Do you need room for lots of seating? A place for a dining table and chairs? Does the arrangement take advantage of the views?
SPEAKING OF FURNITURE
If your goal is to spend time enjoying your outdoor space, make s