It’s tempting to forget all your household worries by laying in the sunshine with a cool drink; and why not? You have every right to enjoy the sun and some relaxation time. However, you don’t want to venture into fall and winter with a home and garden full of issues that you’d wish you’d sorted out before. You’ll want to be snuggling up by a cozy fire, and relaxing in front of a movie on those cold winter nights, surrounded by an environment that you’re happy with. Therefore, you may want to consider sorting out some of the following things while the weather is warm, and your spirits and energy are high.
Odd Jobs And Renovation
It’s always worth checking over the outside of your house for any damage that the cold, stormy weather, may have caused the exterior over the last winter. Summer is the time to get on top of any existing issues, so that you won’t have to deal with any leaks, damp, or draughts, through the chilly dark nights that will be coming up. If you can find costly water leaks now, they can be sorted out in good time, before they cause any long-term damage. If you’re not confident enough to scale a ladder and check out what’s happening on your roof and with your guttering, then it may be time to call in a professional.
Often, experts will come and have a look, and give you a quote, free of charge; just make sure that you contact a reputable company, that can be held accountable for any work they carry out. When it comes to the inside of your home; you may want to consider doing any larger renovations as soon as possible, and not leaving them until the colder weather draws in. Whether it’s refitting your kitchen area, or tiling your bathroom suite; you won’t want builders traipsing in and out of the house, leaving the doors and windows open, when it’s snowing outside.
You’ll also want to ensure that you’re able to cook delicious, warming meals, or take a hot bath, to thaw out your freezing hands and feet. If there are large renovation jobs being done over the holidays, they can also ruin the atmosphere and interior environment in your home. So, it’s worth investing in the time and work over the hotter months, to ensure you get a cozy Christmas at home with your family.
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Tidying And Organization
Summer is the perfect time to get rid of your old, unwanted items, and freshen up your living space. Gather together some boxes and large bags, before going through each room of your home and cleaning out everything that hasn’t been used, worn, or looked at, for more than six months. Create a sorting system of things that are no use to anyone and should be thrown away, items to give to shelters and charities, and usable pieces that you can sell in a yard or trunk sale. Summer has the best months to hold a successful yard or garage sale and could be a fun experience for the whole family to get involved with.
Not only will the weather be warm enough to sit and stand outside all day; your neighbors are likely to be walking around and enjoying the sunshine as much as you are. Encourage your kids to clean out their rooms, and to sell anything they don’t need anymore, for some extra pocket money (this is always a great incentive). You’ll be making some extra cash to squirrel away for the holiday season, and creating a clean and organized living environment for you and your family. Collecting together any sentimental items, like photos, artwork, and ornaments that you don’t want to throw out will allow you to rethink how to display them and adorn various areas of your home.
Streamlining your home, and the objects within it will ensure that you have space for the influx of gifts and homewares you’re bound to accumulate over the winter period. Be as ruthless as you can, and grab yourself some boxes, and a couple of spare weekends, to get the job done as thoroughly as possible.
It’s always a joy to have a beautiful outside space in the summer anyway so that you can enjoy a BBQ or two, and sunbathe to your heart’s content. However, by getting your garden clear and sorted, you’ll ensure that you won’t have to spend any time over winter, looking out onto a depressing space, that you won’t want to tackle the following summer. Taking some time out to get your hands a little dirty, will create an outdoor oasis, that will be a joy to be in and look at. Cleaning up any debris that’s fallen from your trees and plants is the best place to start: you’ll want to pick up the mess and create a clear lawn for mowing, or patio area for chilling out upon.
If you have a wood-burning fireplace in your home, it’s worth chopping and splitting your wood during the warmer weather, and stockpiling it for cozy nights in front of the crackling flames. It’s also important to have a dry storage area for your wood and garden equipment; so, clean out your shed or outhouse, and organize the space so that items can be easily reached. You’ll be grateful that everything is secure and free from the risk of water damage when you’re snuggled up inside. Summer is also the correct time to ensure that any fruit, vegetables, and plants are all in the ground and ready to bloom during the right season.
Get rid of any rotting wood items in your garden, such as benches and birdhouses, and replace them in time for the chilly weather; these items not only make your garden space look inviting but also provide a function, so you’ll want them in good working order all year round. By organizing your home, outdoor, and living environment now, in the traditional vacation months, you’ll be able to save time, money, and a lot of unnecessary stress, on creating your perfect cozy abode when it’s too late and the weather is cold.