It feels like only yesterday it was the middle of winter, with snow and cozy blankets and hunkering down with hot chocolates. Now, it’s suddenly spring; the daffodils are out in full force, and the sun is starting to stream through the windows with a bit of energy. Before you know it, summer will be upon us; the season of heat, lemonade, and lounging in the garden if you’re lucky enough to have one! With so many other things to consider, it feels like changes in the weather can creep up on us – and annual tasks such as spring cleaning and getting your living space ready for that change, are too easy to forget and leave unfinished.
Now, changing your home for the summer months does not have to be a massive undertaking. You don’t need to rearrange all your furniture, repaint your walls and bring out a whole new summer decor. However, there are a few basic areas you could consider that will just help your home feel that little bit more breezy and light, as opposed to cozy and warm – this will help it feel like a refuge from the summer sun, and you will be able to enjoy the long bright days even more for as long as they last!
Colors and Materials
Whilst it’s not necessary to move or change furniture, it can be a lovely idea to freshen up your interiors for the new season. The easiest way to accomplish this is by using textiles. Throws over your couches can completely change the look and feel of a room; for the summer, swap out dark, cozy wools for light colors in breezy cotton or linen fabrics. Not only for appearances. these can also be great as a light shawl if you want to protect yourself from breezes whilst keeping your doors open and benefiting from that delightful fresh air.
Of course, sometimes the sun can get too hot even for those amongst us who are practically lizards in sunbathing. When the outside world is sweltering, one of the most fantastic experiences is to come inside to a wonderfully air-conditioned space, and feel able to breathe again – like you’ve just stepped outside your winter sauna! Don’t wait until you’re in desperate need to find out your air con is broken – check it now, so you have plenty of time to look up ac system repair companies and get your problem fixed well in advance.
Check That Barbecue
Similarly, there’s nothing worse than planning a delicious barbecue, getting the friends around, heading out with all your ingredients raring to go… and then discovering it lying in the garage rusted and covered in black, burned grime from last year’s garden party. Get ahead of this problem now by checking and cleaning it if you can, so when that perfect summer evening rolls around, you’re already with no hiccups waiting to trip you up. Of course, planning a barbecue and then realizing you don’t own one is even worse – so if this is you, now is the time to rectify that situation whilst they’re all still in stock!
Stock The Freezer
It may seem obvious, but our summer diet is often completely different from our winter diet. Now is a great time to empty the freezer of all those leftover delicious stews and bolognese you made in the winter months. Eat them now, and make room for more ices, frozen fruits and other summer delicacies you can enjoy in the months to come. Otherwise, you’ll only have bags of stew lingering in there until next winter – because who wants to eat heavy, rich dumplings in the middle of a sweltering summer day?
Check Those Windows
Finally, it’s time to check those windows. These are possibly the most important feature of our homes during the summer months as we open them, look outside them and feel the sun streaming through them. Clean windows can massively improve the quality of light entering your home, helping you feel bright and energized throughout the summer. Get them sparkling both inside and outside; if there’s dirt you can’t quite reach, get a window cleaner in to give you a hand with those higher aspects. If you’ve had any painting work done over the winter, now is also a good time to check that paint hasn’t dried over the join, making the window impossible to open. Slicing through with a paint knife should do the job – but it’s worth checking now, as you don’t want to get to that first glorious day and realize you’re stuck inside a stuffy home with no way to air it out!