Woman walking down the street talking on the phone

Make your front porch welcoming, for heaven's sake!


So I was walking around my neighborhood this morning. Trying to get a little exercise since it appears that I’ve become permanently fused to both the orange leather couch and the cowhide ottoman.
They are lovely but should be used more sparingly.
I’ve lived in this house for 17 years, so honestly, I’m a little bored with this particular promenade. I don’t live in one of those areas with incredible gardens, so I’m forced to notice more mundane details.
What I discovered today is that a lot of people around here have a lot of stuff on their porches. And spilling out of their sheds. And huddled close to the house, hoping that the roof overhang will spare them the worst of the rain.
In short, there’s a lot of outdoor clutter happening.
Apologies to those who live in the frozen north, but in many areas spring is doing its thing and we’re starting to move outside, tidy up the garden, mow the lawn and generally remember that there’s more to life than Hulu.
Outdoor clutter is a lot easier to ignore than the stuff that piles up inside.
It also tends to get nasty pretty quickly, what with the rain and the moss and the neighborhood pets. Which makes it less appealing to touch, let alone organize.
I have two thoughts about this kind of clutter.

The first is that it’s likely infringing on your ability to enjoy being in your yard, should you have one. And if it’s on the front porch or stoop or just surrounding your front door, it’s giving off a very unfriendly vibe.

And maybe that’s what you want, if you’re a misanthrope who’d like everyone to stay far, far away.
But perhaps you’d prefer to welcome others into your home.
If that’s the case, I encourage you to make the doorway approachable and friendly. If not for your visitors, then for you!
Wouldn’t you like to feel that your home is greeting you when you return to it at the end of the day? As though it’s been primping and is dressed in its very best outfit? With jewelry?
Friend, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to tidy up any random stuff that’s lying around outside and then make the entry to your home as beautiful as possible.

Then send me a picture!

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