Backyard Living: How to Spruce Up Your Outdoor Space

No matter what size outdoor space you have, there are plenty of ways to spruce it up and make it more inviting.

Summer evening on the patio of beautiful suburban house with lights in the garden garden
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Summer is a time for relaxation and enjoying the outdoors. But that's hard to do when your outdoor space is a mess. Whether you've neglected your garden or need to spruce it up after the winter, now is the time to reclaim your entertaining area. In this post, we offer some tips on organizing your outdoor space so you can enjoy it to the fullest this summer.

Why spruce up your outdoor space

Outdoor spaces are great for entertaining for several reasons. They offer a change of scenery and an opportunity to enjoy the fresh air. You can often accommodate more people outside than you can indoors. Additionally, outdoor spaces often feature food cooking and prep areas with grills and outdoor kitchens that make entertaining easier.

However, there are also a few reasons why you might not use your outdoor spaces as much as your home. For example, outdoor spaces can be subject to inclement weather that can put a damper on outdoor gatherings. Also, nobody wants to get wet in the rain or get bitten by mosquitoes.

Another reason you might not entertain outside as much as you could is that your outdoor space might need some work to make it more inviting and comfortable. This can include things like adding furniture, lighting, or heaters. Your backyard might also require repairs to make it a safe and enjoyable space for everyone. The good news is that once these issues are addressed, you can reclaim your outdoor spaces and entertain guests.

Start by decluttering

Decluttering doesn't just apply to your home. Nobody likes to go outside when your space, be that a balcony, a patio, or a backyard, looks like a cluttered mess. Like the garage, those outdoor spaces can become dumping grounds for all the things you don't want or need anymore. But it doesn't have to be this way. Decluttering your outdoor space can go a long way toward making your backyard a more livable space.

Wooden walkout deck with patio table, umbrella and chairs
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Start by taking stock of what you have. What do you use and enjoy in your outdoor space? What can be donated or repurposed? Once you've sorted your belongings, it's time to start decluttering. Begin by removing any broken or damaged items. Then, get rid of anything that is no longer useful to you. Finally, donate or sell any remaining items that you no longer want.

With a little effort, we can transform our outdoor spaces into beautiful and inviting places to relax and entertain. By removing old furniture, unused gardening and lawn equipment, and other clutter, we can open up our outdoor spaces and enjoy the beauty of backyard living.

Fix and repair

To maximize your outdoor summer enjoyment, you must ensure everything works properly. Inspect your patios, decks, pergolas and awnings for damage and ensure nothing is broken, rusting or rotting. Check all stairs and walkways for safety hazards like loose railings, uneven patio stones or missing pieces and repair them.

Man staining a backyard gazebo on a ladder viewed over flowers on a patio wall looking towards a large suburban house
Fix and repair to spruce up your outdoor space | Photo by Ozgur Coskun / Shutterstock

This process also applies to your outdoor furniture and equipment that you regularly use, from grills and lawn mowers to lounge chairs and umbrellas. After a long winter, it's essential to inspect your outdoor items before using them again. Look for weather damage, such as mildew, dirt and rust. Be sure to clean and repair any damaged items so you can enjoy your outdoor space all summer long without worries.

Make your space more inviting

Backyard living, in particular, is about enjoying the outdoors and all they have to offer. Outdoor living spaces are ideally suited for outdoor parties, BBQs and family gatherings. They also allow you to enjoy the fresh air and the beauty of nature.

One way to make your outdoor space more inviting and comfortable for your guests is by maximizing the use of your space. If you have a porch or a deck, ensure it is clean and tidy, with plenty of seating for guests. Likewise, if you have a large backyard, you can create a relaxed living space with comfortable furniture, string lights and an outdoor fireplace or fire pit.

By making the most of your outdoor space, you can create an inviting atmosphere for guests without making them feel crowded or cramped. Being comfortable will encourage your guests to spend more time outside, enjoying the fresh air and the company of others. Ample seating and durable, easy-to-clean furniture make it easy to entertain outdoors.

Consider installing an awning, large outdoor umbrellas or a gazebo to add shade and offer protection from the rain. You can also use mosquito nets or screen doors to keep insects out. Also, ​don't forget to add some lighting. Lighting can help extend the use of your outdoor space into the evening hours—string outdoor lights around your patio or deck for a cozy outdoor ambiance.

Add some storage

Storage is key to outdoor living for two reasons: it cuts down on clutter and protects your belongings from the elements. A well-organized outdoor space will make it easier to find what you need when you need it. It will also save you time and money in the long run, as you won't have to replace items that have been damaged by weather or pests.

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Sheds and cabinets are a great way to keep larger items out of sight while hanging baskets and wall-mounted racks provide convenient storage for smaller items. When choosing storage solutions for your outdoor space, look for weather-resistant materials such as plastic or metal. And be sure to label everything so you can find it easily when you need it. With a little bit of planning, you can enjoy a tidy and efficient outdoor living space all year round.

Landscape to add value and comfort

If your backyard needs more than cosmetic updates, consider landscaping it professionally. Landscaping can be a great way to increase the value of your home while also making your outdoor space more enjoyable. A well-landscaped yard can create extra living space, provide a place for outdoor entertaining, and even help to cool your home during hot summer days.

small, urban backyard garden featuring a tumbled paver patio, flagstone stepping stones, and a variety of trees, shrubs and perennials add colour and year round interest.
Professional landscaping can add value to your home | Photo by Joanne Dale / Shutterstock

In addition, landscaping can help reduce noise pollution and provide privacy from your neighbors' curious eyes. If you are thinking of selling your home, landscape improvements can also be a great way to boost curb appeal and attract buyers. Whether you are looking to add value to your home or simply enjoy your outdoor space more, landscaping is worth considering.


There are plenty of ways to spruce up your outdoor space and create a backyard living area that you can enjoy all year round. Adding basic landscaping, outdoor furniture, and a few unique touches can transform your backyard into a relaxing oasis. With a little bit of effort, you can have an outdoor space that is both beautiful and functional. So get started today and enjoy the fruits of your labor for years to come.

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