Preparing Your Home for Summer | Pip Milburn

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Every year we experience the rapid change in seasons, yet it always seems to come as a surprise. With climate change underway, it seems summer comes quicker in some places and slower in others. No matter where you live, there is no better time to prepare your home for summer’s pleasures and dreads. 

For some people, gardening and swimming in their pool are a part of summer’s pleasures. For others, the heat and sunburn are dreadful. 

Whichever category you fall into, there are many ways you can prepare yourself and your home for the summer ahead. 

Gardening

For the green thumbs or those who are discovering if they have one, starting gardening in the spring is going to set you up for success in the summer. It’s recommended that you start sowing your seeds 6-8 weeks before the last frost. 

Laying out on paper exactly what you want to plant and where will make a smoother transition as you move the starters into the ground. You can also take this time to plan for the winter as well if you grow enough food to feed yourself through the winter. 

In addition, if you are new to gardening or if you want to change your layout, you will need to determine if you want to do raised beds or plant in the ground. Lasagna beds are a great option for a permaculture garden, which replenishes the soil on your lot!

Some research might be required to create the ideal garden for your household. No matter if you are desiring a floral or vegetable garden, or both, discovering how you can physically prepare for a successful yield is essential at this point of the year.

Activities

No matter the household structure, planning for summer activities around the home can save money, time, and future stress. Have you been dreaming about putting in a pool? Do you envision a family reunion with a badminton competition? Or are you desiring a relaxing summer with your kids occupied by a trampoline and other outdoor games?

Late winter and early spring are the times to locate supplying businesses, order the necessary equipment, and plan out layouts in your yard. 

If you are wanting to install a pool or hot tub, you might also consider building a fence or something that provides extra privacy. Be sure to consider all elements of new additions and activities, so you aren’t stuck with the stress during the summer heat.

Heat

Speaking of heat, how are you planning to stay cool this summer? Do you have air conditioning? Will your windows be open? Or do you have electric fans? 

Staying cool this summer is going to be essential to your happiness at home. There is nothing worse than broken air conditioning on the hottest day, and having to retreat to a friends’ or a hotel when all you want to do is hang out in your own space. 

Even if you do have air conditioning installed, or maybe you want to upgrade from your windows and electric fans, you should have a contact on hand for HVAC repair and installation. These experts know exactly what to do if your air conditioning does happen to go out this summer, or you feel like making that upgrade now. 

Heat is also likely to bring more sunshine and higher UV rays. Preparing abundant amounts of sunscreen and aloe will protect you and your loved ones from the excruciating pain of lobster skin, and the inevitable peeling that seems it will never end. 

Spring Cleaning

Heat is worse in compact space, which is one of the many reasons why you should do spring cleaning. Letting go of last year’s trends and things you haven’t used in multiple seasons creates space for new. 

Organizing and decluttering will bring you peace of mind, and allow for more space for your summer vacation souvenirs, pool toys, gardening tools, or any new additions you are adding to your home. 

Summer cleaning looks different to everyone, but it’s fair to say that most people neglect household chores during the winter months, as it inspires a more relaxed (sometimes lazy) you. Also, washing your windows will allow ample sunlight to come through, brightening up your home and bringing in the summer vibes early this year! 

Preparing for summer can take time, research, and possibly even physical work, but all these things will bring you peace of mind as you transition into the warmer, sunnier months, filled with more outdoor activities and physical movement!

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