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4 Practical Ways To Improve Your Outdoor Living Space

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An outdoor space—whether a yard, patio, porch, balcony, or something else (regardless of the size!)—is special for creating memories as a family. Having a place where you can play, bond, chat, or decompress outside not only helps your family to connect but also boosts your mood, reduces stress, and enhances your physical health.

That’s why finding ways to improve your outdoor living space is so important! Here are a few suggestions to upgrade your home with intention:

1. Create A Comfortable Seating Area

Whether you have a small porch or your home boasts several expansive outdoor areas, you can create something that easily and intentionally fits your family.

Here’s the first thing to consider: You may not fully enjoy your space if you have to stand in it all the time. That’s why it’s important to include a comfortable seating area in your outdoor space. Fortunately, there are so many options out there, from stools, lounges, and benches to tables and flexible seating option. 

You can also add a bench swing and hammocks to further enhance comfort. 

However, it’s important to note certain things before purchasing your outdoor chairs. For instance, you need to consider the weather to determine the right option. That said, furniture made from eucalyptus, teak, mahogany, brass, and powder-coated metals will be more durable. You should also measure your space to ensure you get the right furniture sizes.

Additionally, you can purchase furniture options with ample storage to help you maximize your home’s space. 

2. Invest In Quality Lighting

Choosing effective outdoor lighting makes it safe to navigate the area at night. It also increases security by illuminating the space and deterring unwanted guests (pests and people alike). Outdoor lighting also has aesthetic benefits, increasing your ‘curb appeal’ and potentially highlighting interesting architectural pieces in your outdoor areas, too.

Invest in ambient, accent, and task lighting to get the most out of your lighting. Although the idea is to ‘beautify’ your space, you don’t want to ignore practicality. Therefore, ensure that the lights you buy can perform both functions. For the best results, work with professional lighting installers. 

3. Focus On Improving & Maintaining Your Lawn

Your lawn—if you have one, of course—is an integral aspect of your outdoor space, making it essential to maintain it.

Not only does it improve your air quality, but it also reduces erosion and unwanted noise. Moreover, a well-kept lawn prevents hazards (especially for small children) and makes your home more visually appealing (which, let’s face it—we all like!).

Start with mowing your grass weekly and watering it daily. Weed and pest control, or even something you can purchase like ants pest control products, may help prevent unwanted ‘guests’ from ruining your lawn’s appearance and quality.

4. Be Intentional

One of the most important ways to improve your outdoor living space is to keep intention in mind. This space (or spaces) will be where your family spends time, bonds, grows closer, and builds memories over time. Whether you rent or own your home, you can be purposeful in what you add (décor, furniture, products, play areas, etc.) and what you do to ensure that your space is uniquely yours.

Don’t worry so much about having the ‘perfect’ or ‘prettiest’ space as much as one that feels right for you and your family.

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Marisa Donnelly, M.Ed., is a writer/editor, credentialed teacher, proud bonus mama, and CEO of Be A Light Collective, a coaching and content creation business and digital marketplace. She is the Director of Donnelly’s Daily Apple, a flexible learning/tutoring and educational resource platform, and the lead voice for Momish Moments and Step by Step Parents, verticals dedicated to sharing and advocating for non-traditional parenting journeys. Marisa currently resides in San Diego, California, with her fiancé, kiddo, and their two rambunctious Pitbulls. ❤️