Labour Day signifies summer is just around the corner and just 6 weeks away is Christmas! Here are my top 10 tips to get you ready for summer.
1. Clean out your closet
Once the warmer weather hits, it’s time to store those winter clothes and break out the t-shirts, shorts and springy dresses! Put your bulky sweaters and coats into airtight totes or bins and store them in the garage or another closet till winter strikes again. This is also a great time to assess what you really wear and what you don’t. Be honest! If you haven’t worn something in months, donate it!
2. Switch to lighter bedding
Similar to your clothing, spring is also the time to switch to lighter bedding. Ditch the flannel sheets, thick duvets and wool blankets and opt for breezier cotton. Keep a light throw nearby in case the nights still get chilly! You can even totally switch up the look of your bedroom by trading out decorative pillows or changing up the colour of your bedding.
3. Declutter each room and organise the rest
This is one that might take a couple of weeks to get through, but try going through each room in your home and getting rid of things you don’t use or like anymore. Donate things in good condition and toss the rest. Once everything is decluttered, go through again and organise what you have left. Group things and store them in boxes for later use, or arrange them in ways that make sense so you can admire them or use them later.
4. Clear out expired items from the fridge and the pantry
Spring is a fantastic time to take a little look in your fridge and pantry and get rid of all those expired items. I know I’m guilty of forgetting to throw things out sometimes! Once you have all of the expired offenders out of the way, reorganise both your fridge and your pantry, grouping like items together. For example, make sure all of your pastas and sauces are on one shelf, snacks on another, baking supplies on another, etc.
5. Replace smoke and detector batteries
You’re supposed to change the batteries in your smoke and detectors at least once a year, so why not do it when you are getting your home ready for summer. Replace the batteries and any units that don’t seem to be functioning properly. This could save your life one day, so make sure not to skip it.
6. Waterblast your driveway, deck and house
Winter can leave a lot of your home covered in gunk. Dirt, debris, mould, moss and who knows what else always seem to adhere to your deck, your driveway, the outside of your gutters and even the siding of your house. Yuck! Hire a waterblaster or use one of the spray on solutions on a sunny day, and go to town on any place that could use a good wash down. The results will be stunning.
7. Clean the windows and open them up
Cleaning the windows is my favourite thing to have done when I want the house to feel clean and fresh. This is a great time to clean all of your windows inside and out; with a little bit of effort they will be gleaming in no time. While you’re at it, throw open your windows and air out your house. Nothing is as wonderful as breathing in the fresh air and having it permeate your home.
8. Plant flowers, veggies and herbs
One of my favourite things about getting my home ready for summer is all of the beautiful flowers and foliage. Plant some seeds or store-bought blooms in pots inside and out or in flowerbeds for an instant makeover. If you love fresh veggies, fruits and herbs, consider sowing some in planter boxes in your garden. Check the web for when to plant what and by the end of summer you’ll be eating your very own home grown salads.
9. Clean off patio furniture
Patio furniture is another one of those things that gets hit hard over the winter. Waterblast your set or use one of the spray on solutions, otherwise wipe it down with some cleaners made for outdoor furniture. Once you have your table and chairs sparkling clean again, bring out your chair cushions and outdoor throw pillows to really punch up the colour and comfort!
10. Switch around your home decor items for a fresh look
Some people have the money to totally change out their decor items with the seasons. But you don’t have to have a lot of $$ to change up your look! Try moving different pieces to another room or changing the configuration of your furniture. You’ll be surprised with how new everything looks once you mix it up a little bit. Finish off with some fresh flowers in a vase and you’re ready for summer!
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