Home Improvement Tips: Porches

The Cambridge English Dictionary defines “declutter” as this: to remove things you do not need from a place, in order to make it more pleasant and more useful.

We can all agree that the outside of your home is like a first impression; it sets the tone. As the state mandate continues and we are spending our days at home, what better time than now to add decluttering your porch to your to-do list?

The first step is to make sure to clear unnecessary items and allow space for a nice walkway and leave plenty of room to open the door fully and completely. Unnecessary items include, old pots that no longer have living plants in them, sports equipment and tools. Over time, because of weathering, you may find you need to replace items that have gotten old, worn, or sun faded. Don’t overlook seasonal decorations and furnishings, even items that made it through the season, but are not appropriate year-round, need to be put away.

After you've decluttered the space, you may want to also do a bit of porch clean up. Give your porch or entryway a good sweeping and hose down. You can use a little elbow grease and clean up the entry door to remove fingerprints and smudges. If your entry door paint is faded, it may be time to apply a fresh coat of paint or buy a new welcome mat.

Additional functions of your front porch may include relaxing. If this is the case, make sure there's enough space for decorative outdoor furniture. With summer just around the corner, you are now ready to relax and enjoy a cold beverage on your decluttered porch.