I know most people enter their home from the garage, but I don’t. (It’s a weird thing I have about being attacked in my garage or back yard. Don’t ask. Ok, you can ask, but don’t expect an answer that’s sane.) I enter my house through my front door. So, one of the best small tasks I can do over a weekend is a quick cleanup of the porch area. Makes an unexpectedly huge difference in such a short time.
Even if you don’t ever go through your front door, the rest of the world enters that way. Do it for them. Heck, do it for your mailman. He needs a pick-me-up.
So, 10 minutes to a nice, tidy front door/porch area:
- Grab a broom and sweep the porch. Move fast, don’t take a bunch of time to make it overly perfect. Yes, I said it.
- Use that same broom and sweep around the frame of your front door, clearing all cobwebs, etc. Do the same for the walls around the porch. Just a few quick motions is all you need here.
- If you have a window in your front door, grab some window cleaner and a cloth and give that glass a swish. Same thing for the door handle and the lock.
- Look around your porch area and make sure there’s nothing there that shouldn’t be. Is it July and you’ve still got the Easter Bunny hanging out? Ditch that.
- Give a quick swish to any furniture you have on your porch.
- Make sure your front porch light is in working order and not covered in bugs and dust.
- Finally, swish your mailbox with a cloth if it lives in that general area. I’m forever surprised how many cobwebs are attracted to that thing. And how spiffy it looks when I’ve given it just a bit of attention.
Step back and admire your work. Looks better, doesn’t it? Good job, Penelope.