Spring is here, and the front porch is calling your name – what a fantastic area of the home to let your imagination run wild and have fun. It is a place to sit, relax, and soak in some sun. It is ideal for starting the day and enjoying your morning cup of coffee. Here, you can maintain your favorite potted plants and enjoy nature. Along with your spring cleaning, the front porch could use a revamp this time of year. It has been neglected for months and will probably need some good TLC for the upcoming season. Here is an excellent opportunity to prepare your porch for spring, maximize its use, enhance your home’s curb appeal, and boost your mood after a winter that kept you stuck inside.
Prepare Your Porch by Cleaning It
For your porch, it has been a while, so get ready to roll down your sleeves. Use all your resources like the hose, buckets, and cleaning products, and give your outdoor space a proper scrub.
- One of the places that typically get left out is the porch’s ceiling. So give that a go first and move on to other areas
- Wash the windows around your porch or patio as they will have collected a ton of dirt during the winter
- Depending on where you live, you might have a constant battle with dirt. For an outdoor area, this is understandable, so use a leaf blower to blow off the dirt and grime from the porch and patio as needed for maintenance
- Continue to wash down patio furniture and porch rockers. Use a cleaning product in a bucket of warm water. After a good scrub, hose them down. You can dry down the rockers, so they do not get water spots, or let them air-dry as per your preference
- If you have umbrellas and cushions, now is the time to wash them down and dry in time for the perfect weather
Get A Storage Unit
If you have been using your front porch as a temporary storage area for extra furniture or items from the house, it is now the time to clear all that up. You may not have anywhere to keep all that stuff, and you might consider getting a storage unit. You want to maximize the use of your porch this spring without clutter. A storage unit will help you with that, but you want to keep it tidy and accessible in case you want to use it temporarily or be able to access some smaller items frequently. So, don’t just cram everything in the unit. Some organization is in order. And so is proper packing to keep your items safe.
Lacing excess stuff in storage will make your porch experience in the warmer months much more enjoyable.
Flowers and Greenery
Bright or neutral flowers and greenery will help you create a mood and a pleasant ambiance on your porch. They can be:
- In vases
It all depends on whether you want long-lasting arrangements or temporary décor. You can make floral, and greenery wreaths and garlands, and the containers you use for them will add touches to your preferred style. Whether it is modern, vintage, or rustic, it will reflect what relaxes you the most. For instance, a rustic porch is nice with galvanized buckets and crates and a modern one with sleek box planters. If you love having lots of plants on your porch, the planting process begins by inspecting your pots, giving them a good scrub, and planting them with seasonal flowers and plants. When planting annuals in pots, it is good to provide them with a dose of time-released fertilizer.
Seating for Entertaining and Relaxing
Sharing your porch with friends is one of the best parts of having a cute patio. If you do not have a lot of seating space, consider adding sufficient seating for entertaining—if that is what you have planned for the warm months. It is also a good idea for just relaxing with your family.
Cushions and Blankets
When you start to prepare your porch for spring, consider comfort above everything else. You will likely be spending a lot of time in your outdoor space during these spring months. For that reason, you want to make it as comfortable as possible for you and your visitors. Invest in cute and comfortable chair cushions. There are abundant options out there that will not break your bank but will look amazing. Make sure the pillows you get are filled with poly-fiber and not feathers. You want pillows that can get wet and dry easily and quickly. Many beautiful pillows are made for the outdoors that are weather and sun-resistant. In addition to that, blankets are another must for your porch activities. When it gets cooler in the evenings, it’s great to be able to grab a blanket and not have to go inside.
A porch full of brightly colored flowers makes for a super welcoming home. When the weather is warm, large pots of colorful flowers make the perfect spring porch pop of color. You can never go wrong with lavender, for example. These flowers’ soft color and scent can complement and liven up just about any space. In addition to that, the chalky white planters together with the violet flowers create a soothing atmosphere. Add other decorative elements, such as lanterns, candles, or old bird cages. However, consider painting your front door with a bright color if you want your spring porch to liven up. A choice like yellow will evoke the brightness and warmth of spring days. How about matching the colors of your flowers with features like your front door or window frames?
Stay on Budget
If you are worried about investing a lot of time and money when attempting to prepare your porch for spring, say no more. This does not need to be an issue when it comes to decorating outdoor spaces. A simple arrangement of fake or fresh spring flowers or some brightly colored porch decorations will breathe new life into your spring porch. Consider adding a bench and a metal watering can, and you will have the perfect play area for your little ones. Your kids can also help you with Easter decorations, which will also liven up your porch. Also, ask around before buying things for your patio—you never know what people are about to toss, and it might be a terrific addition to your décor.
Prepare Your Porch for Spring by Reusing and Recycling
There are so many ways you can reuse and repurpose old items to prepare your porch for spring. For instance, disposing of old, used tires is becoming a growing problem. Some tires are recycled into rubber mulch and other items, such as a welcome mat. However, one of the easiest ways to recycle tires is turning them into fun garden planters. When you turn an old tire into a garden planter, you create a useful addition to your garden while helping the planet. You can get creative by painting them yellow or any color you love.