When furnishing an outdoor space, think comfort, function + style. Take pieces from inside outdoors — just protect the furniture and accessories from the elements.
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Use an apron with pockets. Stock the pockets with heavy-duty liquid cleaner, light-duty liquid cleaner, cotton cloths or paper towls, a toothbrush and a scraper.
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Replace your winter car kit with essentials for a hot day: bottles of water, packaged snacks (including chocolate which is good for shock), jumper cables, flares, a first aid kit and a blanket.
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To ensure even wear, spin your lampshades. You'll be surprised by how much the sun fades them. And don't forget to give the shades — and the bulbs — a thorough dusting.
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Washing the garbage cans, especially the kitchen can, makes the whole house smell better. For outdoor garbage bins, use a drill to add 2-3 holes for drainage. They'll dry faster.
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Take the grill apart for its annual cleaning and inspection. Use an oven cleaner to remove debris from the lid and sides and run the grates through the dishwasher.
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Earwigs, sting bugs, mosquitos, wasps and carpenter bees. Schedule an exterminator visit now to head off the pests at the pass.
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Most ants live for only 45 to 60 days, but queens live a lot longer, according to Life 123.com. Sometimes up to 20 years.
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