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There are few places in this day and age where you can go for a little peace and quiet. With so many digital tools, noises, and random daily stresses coming at us, it’s easy to forget how to recharge our batteries and make our homes feel like a short holiday before having to get out there all over again!
But with a few simple tips and tricks, you’ll be able to transform your back garden into your very own piece of paradise.
Dedicate one whole day to a deep clean
There’s a reason every new task in the home should start with a good old-fashioned clean-out. It helps to set the tone for the rest of your project, and feels incredibly liberating at the same time!
Give your concrete a solid blast with a pressure washer. Get that dirt and grime up before you plan out your new garden ideas. Out with the old and tired-looking plant life. In with the new!
Find a private place in the garden that’s just yours
Even if you live alone, there’s nothing cozier than having your own personal nook that’s totally secluded from others. And when it comes to keeping things private, nature is always at hand to help out!
Consider purchasing a thuja tree, which is a smooth and beautifully scented tree that grows fast to gain a little more privacy on those days when you just want to enjoy a good book without being observed by the neighbors.
Personalize to make it pop
Let your personality out and allow yourself complete creative control of this new and fun-filled garden. The goal is to create your own paradise, no one else’s!
Consider painting the shed, hanging baskets full of colorful stones and marbles, or decorating some rocks to give the outskirts of your garden a little more pop.
Embrace fun and ambient lighting
While big and boisterous lights will cost you a fair amount of money, there are plenty of cost-effective tealights, fairy lights, and ambient lighting ideas at your disposal too. For less spacious gardens, it’s always best to use smaller and softer lighting choices to give everything a warm and inviting feel.
And of course, fairy lights or lanterns can be placed wherever you please. Wrap them around your plants or along the fencing of your garden, and bask in the calming glow of what you’ve created!
As always, be sure to light up any dangerous areas to avoid hurting yourself or others.
Find furniture you actually like
This is where people tend to get complacent. For some reason, everyone is happy to settle for uncomfortable outdoor furniture that’s stiff and unwelcoming to the eye. But every good garden needs a few places to sit or lay back in complete comfort.
It can be anything from a full-on patio set to a giant bean bag. It doesn’t matter! What does matter is that it’s something that’ll make you feel relaxed, regardless of what other people tend to have in their gardens. This is your escape from life, your own little piece of paradise, so forget what everyone else says and make it work for you!
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.