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After months of limiting your time going out to help promote healthy social distancing practices and flatten the curve on COVID-19, it’s easy for your home to start to feel a bit stale. One great way to curb those feelings of cabin fever is to head outdoors – as long as you’re being safe!
Spending time in nature is a scientifically proven way to help relieve stress and give your immune system a boost. To help enjoy some time in the sunshine and fresh air, without exposing yourself to infection, it’s going to be important to make sure your home’s outdoor living areas – including porches, decks, balconies, rooftops, and patios – are in tip-top shape.
Your patio and balcony are wonderful places to relax, unwind, and savor the best that a Chicago summer has to offer. So, what can you do to refresh and revive these important living areas, so that they’re tidy and ready to use all season long? Here are ten simple steps you can take to make your patio, balcony, and outdoor spaces feel just like new in no time:
1.) Clean Windows and Sliding Glass Doors
Let there be light! One of the best ways to shine up your patio or deck is to clean off your floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors. You can use your favorite glass cleaning solution and a clean cloth for a streak-free shine. Don’t forget to get rid of all the hidden dust and grime that has built up around the frames and on your window sills. For a true deep clean, you can also get rid of dust and dirt on your screen doors with a vacuum attachment and a damp towel or cloth.
2.) Bring in Fresh Plants and Greenery
There’s no time like the present to start giving your green thumb a workout! Gardening is a classic pastime with a ton of proven health benefits. In addition to helping you get calm and centered, working with plants can help you totally wake up your outdoor living areas. Best of all, you can get creative and truly make use of the space you have – whether your home comes with a sprawling backyard or postage stamp patio. Look into hanging planters and baskets, build a living wall, use window- and rail-boxes, or consider upcycling old pots and trash cans into cool new DIY planters.
3.) Wipe Down Your Railings
Love hanging out by your railings for fresh air and city views? Be sure to get rid of fingerprints, grime, and scuff marks by wiping down your metal rails with soap and water. If you have brick or wooden accents, you may need to use a special material to keep these elements looking their best. Be sure to look out for cobwebs and dust bunnies, including up in high corners and those other hard-to-reach places on your patio. Safety first! Use extendable dusters and vacuum attachments whenever you can; avoid using step stools or ladders on a patio; and try to have a spotter with you to prevent any accidents or mishaps.
4.) Spruce Up Your Outdoor Furniture
Whether you have lounge chairs perfect for soaking up sun or a patio table ready for al fresco meals under the stars, take some time to clean your patio and outdoor furniture. To get started, check out our handy guide to getting dust and grime off metal, plastic, wood, and wicker furniture, available right here.
5.) Add Some Colorful New Decor
You don’t need to reinvent the wheel to totally transform your outdoor living spaces! Instead, think about beautiful, chic, and fun decorative elements that you can work into your current set-up in no time. This might include swapping out your outdoor rugs or door mats; adding comfy pillows and blankets to your outdoor furniture pieces; breaking out a chic tablecloth; or adding a stylish new umbrella that complements your impressive array of greenery.
6.) Find a New Way to Use Your Space
Out with the old, in with the new! Who says that your outdoor living areas can only be used in one specific way? This summer, get creative and think about how you can totally rethink your space to suit your household’s needs. For example? Add throw pillows and canopies for a chic, Mediterranean-inspired lounge area. Find blueprints and construct your own DIY greenhouse. Hang a porch swing for a cozy reading nook in the shade. No matter your square footage, the opportunities are as limitless as your imagination!
7.) Unify Your Indoor and Outdoor Design
Have limited outdoor space? One way to make your outdoor living areas seem larger is to unify your indoor and outdoor design choices. For example, think about ways you can create a color story that seamlessly allows the feeling in your living room to flow out to your patio, or consider using plants and flowers to make your indoor and outdoor spaces feel more cohesive.
8.) Give Your Outdoor Lighting Some TLC
Outdoor lighting can help you keep enjoying your spaces long after the sun goes down. To make sure you’ve got plenty of beautiful light for those cool summer nights, take some time to deep clean your outdoor lighting fixtures. You can find our guide to cleaning indoor and outdoor light fixtures here. You may also want to look into creative new ways to bring light into your space, like hanging string lights, candles, or decorative lanterns.
9.) Draw In Cute Local Wildlife
Want to get up close and personal with some of the Chicago area’s coolest creatures – without having to leave your own backyard? There are all sorts of ways to draw local wildlife into your outdoor space. A butterfly bush, for example, is a simple way to attract its beautiful namesake to your garden. You can also make your porch a hangout for birds with a decorative birdfeeder, or draw adorable hummingbirds by planting the right types of native plant species.
10.) Add the Perfect Finishing Touch
Sometimes, a little flourish is all you need to wake up your space. Have you thought about adding a decorative fire pit or a gas-powered cooking grill? Hanging a hammock? What about setting up a backyard movie theater, or wiring your deck with an incredible outdoor sound system? Now is the perfect time to put your biggest plans into motion!
Looking to Make the Most of Your Home, Inside and Out? We’re Here to Help
Whatever challenges life brings, you can rest assured that Sweeping Dimensions Cleaning Service will always be here to help.
Our cleaning experts can tackle the little things, so you and your loved ones can remain safe and secure, no matter what. Our teams of professionally trained cleaners offer flexible time windows, unparalleled attention to detail, and can bring all of the cleaning supplies necessary to sanitize and refresh your home or office.
We can help take some of the pressure off, giving you back time to focus on what matters most — including getting to spend some quality time in the great outdoors!