Springtime is officially here, and it’s time for some spring cleaning here at the OGT Studios! We’ve organized; decorated; our kitchen makeover is finally done (update post coming soon!) and I couldn’t be happier with all we’ve accomplished so far!
But while inside is looking good, the outside of our charming little house-turned-studio was definitely in need of some TLC. And now that the weather is warming up we decided to take our spring cleaning outside!
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A bit of yard-work, some cleaning, and a couple of simple DIY projects had our place looking better than ever!
Here are some tips and tricks for taking your “Spring Cleaning” outdoors this year:
We started with a good yard raking, which made a huge difference! All of the branches and leaves made our yard look tired & dingy.
Wear a pair of gardening gloves (or any cloth gloves) to avoid blisters, and work on a day that’s dry and not too windy – or your leaves will just blow around!
If you have a mulching lawn mower, you can simply mow your yard full of leaves, collect the mulch, and move it to your compost pile. Otherwise, rake your leaves straight into a shrub-area or onto a tarp. From the tarp, you can easily move the leaves, or empty them into trash bags. If you don’t have any use for the old leaves, see if your community recycling center will accept them!
Using a pressure-washer on the outside of your house will remove dirt that has accumulated over the winter and give your home a nice pick-me-up!
Set up your pressure-washer according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and start with the “washing function,” using diluted white vinegar (3 parts vinegar to 7 parts water) in the detergent reservoir. Wash from bottom-to-top, spraying in long strokes at a 45 degree angle to the house (not facing the house straight-on).
After washing, let the detergent soak for a few minutes, and then switch to the “rinsing function” and work from top-to-bottom. I love my pressure-washer and also use it to wash our sidewalks, driveway, patio, gutters, and cars! If you don’t have one, you can always rent a pressure washer from Home Depot for the afternoon!
Washing all the windows, inside and out, always makes such a big difference after a long, cold winter spent indoors! Time to let the warm sun shine in!
Luckily, I have a super simple method for washing the outside of windows that makes things so simple! Just hose down the window, scrub the windows with the cleaning solution, rinse off the cleaner, and let the windows air-dry. No squeegeeing, no wiping, and no spots left behind! For the inside of my windows, I use this homemade cleaner for equally impressive results.
Painting the front door added some much-needed color to our all-white facade. Now the studio looks so much more inviting and fun!
To paint your front door, begin by removing the door (or taping off the portions you aren’t painting) and taking off all the hardware. Sand the door with 120-grit sandpaper until the entire surface is even, and then with 220-grit sandpaper until the surface is smooth. Remove any dust, and apply a layer of primer with a paintbrush. After the primer has dried, paint the door from top-to-bottom (we used a roller,) working in long strokes. Let the paint dry, and apply at least one more layer of paint. Once the final layer has dried, replace the hardware and hang your door.
I really LOVE how our door turned out! (We used Valspar Berrylicious 1005-1A)
The final touch to our outdoor spring cleaning project was planting some flowers! We outlined a small flower bed with some rocks from the yard, and also added some window boxes.
Use a soil with fertilizer mixed-in, and choose flowers according to your climate and the amount of sun in your yard. Can’t wait until these pansies we planted are all filled in and our boxes are exploding with color!
So….what do you think? Amazing what some paint, flowers, and a little elbow grease can do!
Here are some more ideas for getting your yard and garden cleaned up for Springtime:
Instead of painting your door, you can add some fun color with this simple umbrella “wreath!” It’s really easy to make, and I have gotten so many compliments on mine. :-)
If backyard BBQs are in your future this Summer, then you’ll want to check out my tutorial for cleaning your BBQ grill! Your guests (and food) will thank you!
Click here for a simple method that will have your outdoor trash cans looking and smelling clean in no time!
And finally, click here to learn some clever tips for organizing your backyard!
Now that your outdoor space is in tip-top shape, sit back and enjoy the season!
Do you have any outdoor Springtime chores?