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Sherry Brown, Professional Organizer

Preparing Your Patio for Spring

WASH THE FILTH AWAY

Winter storms can leave a nasty residue all over the patio and deck. Choose a sunny, bright day to clean up the places. Clean the dirt and cobwebs with a broom first. Give the places a gentle bath with a hose and rub with soapy water and brush in case they are icky. If there is fungus, mildew stains, or weather-beaten patches, use a pressure washer to wipe them away. A power-wash will wash all the winter blues away.

CLEAN THE PATIO FURNITURE

The patio furniture needs to be freshened up or replaced because nobody wants to sit on dirty cushions. Scrub the furniture with an environmentally friendly cleaner. Deep clean the cushions and if you want to keep them looking fresh, use vinyl protectant.

PAINT THE PATIO FURNITURE

Spring means more outdoor time. So, the patio furniture needs special treatment. Give them a lift with a bright new coat of paint. Do you have a set of metal furniture? Don’t worry! There are auto paint shops where you can powder coat your metal patio set or do it yourself by using paint designed for use on metal.

SET A COFFEE TABLE

Having your evening coffee while relaxing on the patio sounds nice, right? Set a quick table by placing a small coffee table there or making one by clustering three or four garden tools topped with a glass tabletop. Plus, enhance your seating area with more cushions, pillows, or adding a bench style seat. Now, all you need a mug of hot cocoa or coffee to sip on!

BRING NEW LIFE WITH PLANTERS & PLANTS

Spring breathes new life into the nature. Why to deprive your patio of that wonderful gift? Choose an empty wall and jazz it up with a wall-mounted garden. Store-bought planters or re-purposed old-box planters can be used for this purpose. Wanna show your DIY skill? Cinder boxes stacked and glued together can be a wonderful and innovative home for succulent plants.

USE FABRICS TO ADD BEAUTY

Fabrics can help – for adding privacy or just for enhancing beauty. If you have close neighbors, use outdoor curtains for blocking unwanted views. They will add privacy when closed and ambiance when open. Similarly, a temporary canopy for an open patio will act as an outdoor roof, shading from the sun, and increasing the beauty of the place.

These outdoor organization tips are easy and hassle-free. By applying them, you can make a big difference in your patio in a single weekend. These simple cleaning and decorating ideas are sure to offer something to suit your time and style.

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