This week's P@H Project was aimed at recapturing one of my favorite outdoor spaces from the layers of dirt and grime that had made it nearly unusable.
Owing to its proximity to a nearby river, our home attracts a monstrous number of mosquitoes on summer evenings. Several years ago, we took a portion of our patio and enclosed it with simple wooden frames and screens to create a safe space to sit at night. We filled the room with our porch swing (which lost its canopy in the process), an old rug we weren't using inside, and a few little wooden chairs and tables.
I love this space, but I noticed earlier in the summer that it was so filled with dust that it was nearly unusable. So this weekend, we took everything out of the screen room, cleaned it all, and gave the room an overall freshening.
If you're looking for some great instructions on how to clean your patio furniture, find them here at the DIY Network.
- Taking a conversation outside eliminates distractions. I love to sit in this screen room when I'm talking on the phone, especially with a family member. Taking the call outside of my office (and away from my computer) helps me give my full attention to the conversation. The same goes with in-person chats. I love sitting on my swing with my son Adam and just swinging and talking.
- We don't always need new stuff. Sometimes a little elbow grease and some good scrubbing makes old things almost new again.
- Dust and dust mites aren't just yucky, they're actually bad for us physically. The American Lung Association has tips and information that will have you more motivated than ever to battle dust around your home.
Your turn: Do you have a favorite outdoor living area? How do you keep it clean and fresh?