Housework, of course, does not stop at the house. While the indoor traffic may have slowed to a near stop (at least by day), once spring arrives, it's rush hour on patios, flower beds, and lawns.
Yet tidying up around the outside of the house is not a top priority. After all, planning gardens and pool parties is a lot more fun than preparing the yard and garden before them.
But since a summer-fresh outdoor area is a necessary part of making the fun stuff really fun, why not get the kids to pitch in outside as well as in? And maybe teach them a thing or three about how things grow?