If you’re not going on holiday this summer, you’ll want to make the most of your home. It’s worth a little planning and organisation to enjoy everything the season has to offer.
Sort, Tidy, Clean
No one likes to be surrounded by mess and a little spring cleaning never goes amiss. Go through your home room by room, sorting, tidying and cleaning. First, get rid of any unwanted items and clutter. Then tidy away everything else. You can then get on with the cleaning.
Clean each room from top to bottom. Start with the ceilings and work your way down. This will save you time and avoid you having to re-clean. Attend to each room thoroughly. Once complete you can get away with a quick clean every week or so.
Make sure you have everything set up to enjoy a comfortable summer. This includes checking fans and scheduling AC servicing or repairs if needed. Your comfort is paramount and having a faulty cooling system will make for a hellish few months.
As the days get longer, it makes sense to spend more time out of doors. There are many ways you can accomplish this. At the very least you should clean and test the BBQ. Fix or make replacements where necessary. Or, if you’re looking for a more comprehensive solution, many people are setting up outdoor kitchens. This allows you the comfort and practicality of an indoor room with all the benefits of an outdoor space.
Give the garden a good once-over before the season begins. Clear away any rubbish and sweep all the paths and driveways. Pressure washing will provide a deep clean. Prune back overgrown trees and bushes and tend to any weeding.
If you enjoy staying out of doors well into the evening, look for lighting options. Solar lights work well in the summer months. They charge on sunlight all day, and they are bright and constant as it grows dark. String lights and candles create an inviting atmosphere. Some candles also help repel insects.
Create some shade for the hot afternoons. Outdoor rooms and pergolas work well as they provide the best of both worlds.
Summer is a great time to entertain as you can move outside into the garden. Your guests can enjoy the fruits of your hard work. Fix up your outdoor furniture and replace broken items. Don’t forget home textiles. No matter how comfortable your wooden or plastic seats are, a seat pad will make all the difference. Add some bean bags for extra seating.
For a beautiful sensory experience, plant flowers that are known for their scent. Lavender, gardenias, rosemary, jasmine, rhododendrons, and roses will fragrance your garden. Work on the sound too. Plant grasses and introduce wind chimes to pick up the sound of the wind. Trickling water features are also pleasant.
Schedule the preparations before you take time off work. You can then spend time relaxing, socialising, and enjoying your home. If you’re not planning on going away this year, enjoy a perfect staycation in your own backyard.