During the summer, your social side steps into the spotlight. You attend and host more social gatherings. You just need to get your home ready for these events. Read our list below to get your home equipped for the summer heat and hosting guests.
Clean the Backyard
Most summer events, whether barbecues or birthday parties, happen in the backyard. Therefore, it needs to be cleaned and shined. Make a checklist of everything you need to fix, repair, and clean in the backyard. Tackle grass and yard work first: remove weeds, mow the lawn, and tend to newly bloomed flowers. Then move to cleaning all backyard areas; make sure to remove debris from gutters, and take a hose to the patio and garage.
Remove any winter toys left around, and then store them in the attic or garage. Take summer activities out of storage. Place outdoor games, like a badminton set and a jump rope, by the stairs so that children have things to play with when outside.
Get the grill out of storage. Test it to see if it still works, and then clean it. Check your grilling equipment at the start of the summer, to know if it needs fixing or replacing before BBQ gatherings.
Be open to adding some new summer items to the backyard. Add a new lighting system to the patio, such as a fireplace, lanterns, or a fire pit. Also pick out some new linen to drape on patio furniture. Consider adding an above ground pool because it might not be as expensive and as hard to install as you think. Swimming in a pool is a fun way to keep cool this summer.
Every summer, bugs infest your home and yard in new ways. This year you plan to fight back. Search inside your home for any cracks or holes. Seal them off to eliminate some of the insects’ access to your home. Next, make a natural bug repellent, or buy one from the store. Spray this all around the foundation, especially near windows, and other areas bugs might easily use to intrude.
If you add bug repellent indoors, read the labels carefully to keep toxins away from pets and small children.
This summer, you do not need to give your home a seasonal makeover by completely remodeling it. Add a few small bright and fresh accessories to each room. Store away your winter linen. Replace it with lighter blankets, and brightly colored linen and pillows. Customize your home with other small summer touches such as placing flowers around, hanging paintings and photography, adding new curtains, and rearranging furniture.
Completely reorganize your closet to make room for new clothing. You also want a tidier closet to bring summer clothing out of storage. Use the closet cleaning as a chance to minimize your possessions by tossing, donating, and selling some of your things.
Check Air System
Clean the windows, remove all dirt and grime, so that you can easily open it to air out your house. Add some air cleaning plants to your living room. A few plants to consider are snake plants, spider plants, and English Ivy.
Check and clean the air conditioner to ensure that it functions properly. Refocus the ceiling fan to get it to turn counter clockwise, which pushes air downwards and creates a better draft.
Prepare Guest Room
Summer is usually a busy time for guests to come in and out of your home for long distance and local visits. Make sure to clean the guest room, add fresh linen, and fix any broken items. Also consider adding some extra clothing for summer activities.
For example, if your nieces and nephews will be staying over for a few days, you might want to take them to the beach. Buy extra bathing suits in case they forget to bring them. Save on this extra shopping trip with coupons at popular teen based stores like PacSun.
You could also find inexpensive extra clothing by shopping the clearance section at most major stores, or shopping at second hand stores.