5 tips to prepare your outdoor living space for summer.

5 Ways to Get Your Outdoor Space Ready for SummerAre you ready for summer? Normally I don’t love hot weather, but this year I’ve decided to embrace it. Plus it helps that I absolutely love my porch in my loft. But I haven’t done much with it until now. Where are you at with your outdoor living space? Are you ready to get outside and get it ready for another season of outdoor entertaining? If so, here are five tips I think you’ll appreciate.

IMG_20191. Add some greenery. The plant I put out on the porch makes all the difference in the world. For those of you with gardens, add some fun like touches like plant pokes (of course I added a gnome and mushroom).

IMG_20152. Light it up. I recently bought solar lights for my porch and I LOVE them. They are string lights that go on the railing and charge during the day. Whether you go for string lights or even a plug in lamp, adding lights to your outdoor space makes it feel quaint.

3. Get furniture that you like. And it doesn’t have to be expensive. If you can’t find furniture in your price range that you love, how about DIY’ing it? Clean up some old furniture, add spray paint and cushions for a whole new look. I have wanted retro chairs for a long time and I finally got them – it makes me want to be outside more!

IMG_20174. Decorate. Add some home decor items to the outdoor space. I’m in the process of decorating and so far I’ve gotten this little owl. Isn’t he fun? I’d love to add an outdoor rug and additional items to make it even more cozy.

5. Clean it like you would an indoor space. I transformed my porch using Mr. Clean Outdoor Pro SprayMr. Clean Outdoor Pro Magic Erasers and Bounty paper towels. P&G and The Home Depot sent me these products to Get it Ready. Get it Done. Get it Clean. for summer and outdoor entertaining. So that is exactly what I did!

IMG_2003Piggie and I went out to the porch and realized how DIRTY it was. No one would want to sit in these chairs or use the table, much less relax with a beverage and enjoy the nice weather. Time for a deep clean.

IMG_2006I used the Mr. Clean Outdoor Pro Spray on my tables and chairs. Can I tell you that this stuff smells surprisingly good?? I loved the smell. Like really loved it.

IMG_2007I used the Bounty paper towels to wipe everything down. They were thick and, with the spray, got everything up with just a few paper towels. I’m embarrassed to show you all this dirt. But that isn’t even the worst part.

IMG_2016The railings were disgusting.  Mr. Clean Outdoor Pro Magic Erasers helped me get them clean. First I didn’t even use cleaner – just water – and look what came up. Then I used some spray for the second round and wiped all the railings down before putting the solar lights on.

Now that my porch is all clean, I’m so excited to have my friends over! My porch is pretty big, so we can all hang out and enjoy the summer weather. Yay! I just have a few more touches and I’m done. As for the cleaning, You can find all of these P&G outdoor cleaning supplies at The Home Depot near you. Enter to win a prize pack including all of these supplies AND a $50 Home Depot gift card below!
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Disclosure: I received these products from Procter & Gamble for my consideration, as well as any prize provided as part of a contest. All opinions are 100% my own.


  1. says

    I’m cleaning up my gardens of weeds and planting the veggies first. Then, I tackle the front and back porches with a pressure washer and then I clean the tables and the chairs. I’m paying someone to clean my windows because I just…can’t. ;)

  2. Leanne says

    I love how you furnished your porch! I don’t know what I’d do without magic erasers especially the outdoor ones.

  3. Ronda Bowen says

    We’re getting ready t move into a new house, and I’m really looking forward to getting our outdoor spaces ready to enjoy during the summer.

  4. Athena R says

    We bought flowering plants, and also are cleaning up the outdoor furniture. I’m seriously thinking about spray painting it a nice bright color.

  5. Amber N. says

    Cleaning, scrubbing, planting, trimming, and pulling weeds! We had a long winter here, SUPER excited for summer!

  6. Dinah says

    I love Magic Erasers! They are truly magic! I have never even thought about using them for cleaning outdoors… ah ha moment! Thanks for the tip!

  7. Sara Carter says

    My husband and I have planted a vegetable and herb garden this year! So excited for harvest time.

  8. Sharlene Piscitelli says

    I planted some flowers and am in the process of restaining some wood patio furniture. A lot left to do but will get there–hopefully before summer ends!

  9. deidre F says

    I’ve got some nice flowering containers that are in bloom & I’m hoping to thrift some patio furniture soon.

  10. Anne says

    I’m in the process of cleaning up a very dirty back yard so my grandchildren can enjoy the outdoors for the summer.

  11. lesley says

    we live in florida and the pollen has been horrible. we have now had two weeks of rain (including a tropical storm) so we need to empty the screened patio this weekend and pressure wash the floor, as well as clean all the furniture. thanks for telling us about the mr. clean outdoor pro – i will definitely be getting some for the project! (we have two cats who love being on the patio when we are home on weekends so they will be happy to have it cleaned up.)

  12. Julie says

    I am getting the kids a sandbox and we are cleaning all the winter junk off the porch so we can sit out at night.

  13. Lauren G says

    All this rain and we can barely see our backyard! Let’s hope we get some sunshine soon so we can revamp the yard!

  14. Jen says

    I love these great tips! I have been needing some motivation to work on my outdoor space and this could help get the ball rolling!

  15. LinhC says

    My husband has been trimming the bushes, I’ve been cleaning the deck, and we’re planning to put in a fire pit seating area.

  16. Christina says

    Living in FL we entertain all year long outside in the spring we always deep clean the yard up – pressure wash the fence (white vinyl fencing) and give the outdoor seating area a good cleaning. I always plant some new flowers too.

  17. says

    I have so much outdoor stuff to clean. After moving all over the country the last few years it hasn’t been cleaned in a while. It’s kinda scary actually!

  18. says

    I’ve cleaned the deck, put planters with impatiens in the corners, hung some flowering baskets, scrubbed the grill, bought a few new lounge chairs and my husband strung some colorful lights around the deck rail. Now waiting for the kids to be out of school for the summer! No alarm clocks and lazy summer fun!

  19. Laura Jacobson says

    We are getting ready to stain the deck and I am looking for new easy cheap do it yourself projects to help get ideas! Definatly needs a little makeover. :)

  20. Jennifer says

    My husband just spent all day yesterday cleaning our front porch. All we have though is 3 camping chairs. It looks depressing, we need to do it up

  21. Sandi Allen says

    Cleaning up old patio furniture and repainting. Potting some flowers in recycled finds.

  22. Devblev says

    We planted our garden in patio pickers and have them on the deck. We have some furniture but need some more.

  23. Barbara macaskill says

    MUST GET MR CLEAN OUTDOOR PRO! Not getting my outdoor stuff ready yet! Waiting to move in to our new house and then it will be a frenzy to get everything done before my open heart surgery in July! Love your plant pokes! Hmmmmmm?!?! Thinking I might make some of my own with either Envirotech Resin or Amazing Mold Putty! I love fairies and butterflies so I would do a fairy garden theme with lots of butterflies! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  24. Lauren Cotter says

    I am in desperate need of cleaning my outdoor furniture…this gift pack would be huge help!!

  25. Carla says

    Im cleaning like mad women, but with the wind and the dirt where I live ( in the country) its really hard!

  26. Julie Henderson says

    Would love to win the prize for my hubby for Father’s Day, for outdoor sprucing up, giving some cleaning love to our front & back porch. :-) Thanks for the giveaway, & blessings to all dads this weekend! :-)

  27. says

    Sweep and wash the patio and clean the swing that grows moss in this humid climate. Mr. Clean Outdoor Pro should be perfect for that!

  28. Cath says

    I’ve slowly been dragging out the summer furniture, cleaning it off, doing a bit of repair work here and there, rethinking where I’m going to put things. I have to balance this with getting the garden going.

  29. Melissa Snyder says

    Putting up my ham mic getting out my fire pit and cleaning my lawn furniture.

  30. Pat K says

    Cleaning and painting deck furniture. Birdhouses are out on the front porch
    Gardening in pots on deck .

  31. says

    i LOVE mr. clean magic erasers!!! although i did not know they had outdoor ones. definitely need to try those b/c we have two large porches that i’m constantly trying to clean!

  32. Anna-Marie Evans says

    Preparation for outdoor makeover: Slowly but surely!! Finally getting that time off I’ve been waiting on & I’m finally getting my knees dirty… Yay! I’ve accumulated far too many ideas, however, so in between weeding & tilling, I’ll finalize my brilliant landscape plan so I can officially kick “project *ecstatically appeasing & awesome*” Into full swing! I’m excited… Happy adults & parents, kids with no complaints due to sheer awesomeness (I.e. Uh… Happy), & stress-free vacations just a patio door away…

  33. Katie Cohagen says

    We put in a large brick patio at the end of last summer. We are working on plans to add a pergola to protect us from the sun!