Last week I dropped some Handy Spring cleaning tips to help you chase away winters leavings. But spring cleaning doesn't end at your doorway; it extends to the outside! With the weather being warmer, it's time to get outside and address your neglected outdoor space. Like many of yours, my outdoors has been neglected due to the cold, wet winter weather. Well, what better time than spring to head out, tackle it head-on, and get that space ship-shape for the incoming BBQ weather!
So here's a few things that need doing around my place (and maybe yours) to give my potential BBQ guests and me a pleasant experience.
Clean exterior windows. The problem with windows is that it isn't enough just to clean them inside to make them look great. Once you're done cleaning the inside (hopefully with the help of Littlefoot's window cleaner), you can tackle the outside, which thankfully will require much less precision as you can rinse them down with the use of your garden hose. Pro-tip: for those in the know, clean the outside first; that way, any marks inside will be easier to see.
Clean your gutters. This is a gross job only masochists love. But it's one that has to get done lest you want water damage in your roof space (trust me on this, been there done that). It's not a job that will make your outdoor living space any more enticing, but it will leave your overall space a lot more secure. Another pro tip: Repurpose old containers as scoops to help you get all that gunk out.
Clean the porch/patio. Sitting outside and having a drink in the sun is one of the best parts of summer, so you'd want where you sit to be clean and appealing, right? The perfect time to break out the water blaster and give that deck or concrete a quick blast! A job you can trick the kids into doing (under some supervision, obviously) because who doesn't love playing with a water blaster. Fun fact: Littlefoot's bathroom cleaner also does a great job of lifting moss and marks from concrete.
Wash exterior walls. Another job to bust out the water blaster, give that dirty side of your house a good blasting, you'll be surprised at the muck that comes running off the walls. Pro-tip: do this job before you wash the windows; otherwise, you'll be doing that twice.
Clean outdoor grill/kitchen area. And finally, the king of the garden, the BBQ. It will undoubtedly need a good clean after a winter's worth of neglect. So break out the special barby kit and give it a good scrub down. Littlefoot's hard surface cleaner should help you get the job done here. Use undiluted to fight off all that burnt on BBQ cruft.
There you have it, a few jobs that will help your outdoor space get ready for a-rockin' summer!
(I excluded weeding the garden because that is truly the worst, most heinous job, just pretend like you don't see them) 😆