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Transform Your Home To Make The Most Of Summer


Summer is the best time of the year. Why? Well, it is when we are statistically the happiest, because when we spend the most time outdoors. It’s not just mentally that we feel better in summer but physically too. It’s that essential vitamin D from the sun, and that we eat more fresh and raw food.

With that in mind, how’s your property looking, is it summer-ready? As the days get longer, and warmer, get inspired to give your home a refresh starting with a spring clean.

Whether you start this necessary spring clean in Spring or the height of summer, it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that the changes you make today will improve your summer experiences. Let’s look at what you can do to the outdoors in and the indoors out this summer to give you another reason to enjoy your home and garden during the day and evening.

  • Make a plan
  • Create a budget
  • Declutter
  • Clean
  • Renovate
  • Enjoy

The Plan

The best outcomes happen when you’ve got a plan. Have a meeting with the key stakeholders – yes, your family. Work what every member of your family wants from your property during summertime. Remember to include everyone, and while the list may be long, you can call it or revise some requests before undertaking any renovations or actions that may require investment.

  • What do you want from every room of your home?
  • How is the garden working for day and evening enjoyment?

If you’re serious about turning your property into a perfect summer home, then be thorough in your critique of its condition. For example, if the window coverings are worn, make a note to replace them. Blinds are cheaper than curtains and take up less space, so small rooms appear larger.

Letting light into rooms is a critical requirement for summer, and painting walls and ceilings a shade of white will lift the brightness. Painting is the cheapest way to give your home a makeover. Paint the exterior, too, if you can afford it and it’s appropriate to do so. If your cladding doesn’t permit a fresh coat of paint, consider adding outdoor furniture that brightens your garden. If you’ve got a fence, make sure it’s in good condition and paint that too.

5 Tips for Decluttering Your Home

Decluttering your home doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming. Follow these tips to keep things organized and clutter free!

You’ll want to be ruthless with your decluttering – but your preloved items can be donated or sold.

  • Keep what you really need and what really is past it’s usefulness is trash
  • Donate old clothes, toys, leisure and sports gear and equipment
  • Work in one room at a time and clear it of everything you don’t use or need
  • Put all unwanted items in your garage or a designated area
  • Use vertical storage systems to get items off floors

Clean Liberally

Clean everything from the outdoor exterior walls, roof, paths, steps, and fence to the interior. Once that is done, you’re ready to get started inside your home. Start removing items that may get in the way of a thorough clean. Wall, floors, and all surfaces will need a thorough cleaning. Once you get started you won’t want to stop especially when you see the progress you’re making and how much brighter everything looks.

What you thought might end up being replaced, like flooring or curtains just need a good clean and can now stay. Have a plan to clean a room at a time this way you get to see the finish result and it motivates you to get the rest of the property clean too.

Increase Natural Light

Light is necessary to our very existence. We need it to work, function, play, sleep, and even be happy. We crave light, so while the daylight hours are long, you should do all you can to bring in as much sunlight as possible.

Add mirrors, use sheer curtains or light color blinds. If you’ve got a renovation budget consider adding skylights as they are truly transformational for brightnening up darker areas that may not have access to natural light from vertical windows.

Transform Your Gardens

Of course, the best way to transform your home to make the most of summer is to create indoor outdoor flow and outdoor entertainment areas. Add french doors or bifolds that open onto a deck or balcony to bring the outdoors into your home. Landscape your garden with dining and relaxation areas in mind. You can use umbrellas and heaters to enjoy being outdoors during the day and night.

Final Thoughts

To create an outdoor oasis, make design choices for the whole year. Waterproof furniture will last longer in all weather conditions. Choose a landscaper with experience of creating entertainment areas even in small gardens. Plus if you’re not a gardener use an expert who knows what planting species should go in your gardens. Done right, you can have flowers and color in your home all year round, but remember to get rid of weeds and rubbish first. 🙂

Small steps can make a big difference in improving your home to make the most of summer. Going out all the time can become expensive, and by investing in home improvement, you can also enjoy your summer there dining with family and friends. Who doesn’t love a good BBQ?