It’s that drab and dreary time of year. It is cold, windy, and snowy, but it is time for winterizing. The holidays are over and so it seems is the attention to the outsides of our homes. If you are a “walker”, on your next walk just look around, really look around. This is what I trust you will see. You will observe porches and entryways bare, naked and covered with windblown debris, some adorned in festive holiday decor....still. You will also notice earth filled pots with dead plantings. Am I right? OKay, Okay…scattered few and far between you will find a porch with a Valentine wreath, winter plantings, and just a spot of color. And I mean few and far between. Most entries are vacant, just as dreary as the weather.
If you only achieve a clean sweep and holiday removal…it helps.
Be that as it may, why not take a few minutes to be creative. Add a pop of color. Add natural elements, even if it is simply adding pine cones to your empty pots (obviously after emptying the pots of the startlingly dead, awefulness.). Recycle. If you have an evergreen wreath, remove the Christmas elements and add a Valentine Ribbon and some hearts or simply modify it by adding a simple burlap bow and some natural components.
Clean your outdoor light fixtures. Take the time when there is a break in the weather to clean your porch lights front and back. What a difference sparkly clean lighting makes to your outdoor presence. Now you can turn on your outdoor lights at dusk and let the lighting add warmth to your entry. Remember, less is more, especially during the winter. Most importantly keep the entry and sidewalk swept clean and snow removed.
Winterizing allows the face of your home to smile at winter.