Countdown to Summer: Easy Outdoor Updates to Do Now

Simple ways to get in the summer spirit.

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Summer is coming. Well, not for another month, but, we all know that Memorial Day (unofficially) kicks off the season of lazy days, pool parties and tropical cocktails. Which is why this weekend is the perfect time to prep your outdoor space for barbecues, alfresco gatherings and relaxing evenings on the porch. These simple DIYs, hacks and project ideas will get you and your outdoor space ready for warmer weather.

Freshen up interiors and exteriors.

Wipe Down Outdoor Furniture

Wipe Down Outdoor Furniture

The gentle abrasiveness of baking soda is perfect for cleaning stains off painted outdoor furniture. And a baking soda mixture works well on outdoor fabric stains, too.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Since summer doesn't officially begin until June 21, you have plenty of time to finish up these projects before the heat becomes unbearable. Over the next few weeks, spruce up the guest bedroom, switch the direction of ceiling fans and wipe down outdoor furniture. Here are 9 more things to do before summer.

Mosquito-proof the yard.

Party Hacks Every Parent Should Know

Party Hacks Every Parent Should Know

BUG REPELLANT LUMINARIES If the idea of dousing your yard in bug spray before a kids’ party just turns your stomach, whip up a few of these luminaries to keep mosquitos from crashing your party. Place a few slices of lemons and limes along with sprigs of rosemary into a jar of water, then add several drops of essential oil. We recommend citronella, lemon or lavender! Top with a floating candle and you’re good to go!

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Add string lights.

Raised Bed Garden at Night With String Lights

Raised Bed Garden at Night With String Lights

An unused area in the yard was used to create a large raised bed garden. Varying heights were used to accommodate root systems of different kind of plants, and to create visual interest. The addition of string lights makes it a wonderful "room" in the evening for cocktails under the stars.

Photo by: Daniel Contelmo

Daniel Contelmo

These beauties add SO much charm. It's really the easiest way to transform your outdoor space with very little effort. See 10 different ways to hang 'em.

Clean the grill.

How to Deep Clean a Grill

How to Deep Clean a Grill

Step 6- Degrease Use a degreaser to clean up the grates as well as the grill’s exterior. Wipe clean with a damp sponge then dry with a fresh microfiber cloth.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

If you plan to host barbecues this summer or just love to grill ALL the food, make sure to give the grill a good scrubbing before using it. This is how to deep-clean the grill in seven steps.

Make an outdoor bar and planter for less than $100.

Photo by: Rae Sturm

Rae Sturm

You only need four items and a little bit of outdoor space to make this rustic bar. Here's how to do it.

Adopt theses camping hacks — ASAP.

Going camping for Memorial Day weekend? You need to see these hacks. From breakfast in bottles to a six-pack carrier serving as a utensil carrier, these tips will get you through many cookouts and camp-outs.

Phew! Now, treat yourself to a refreshing wine slushie.

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Get two recipes for yummy wine slushies that will instantly cool you off.

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