Summer will be here before you know it! Let’s get ready so when summer rolls around we can relax and enjoy it! There are lots to do inside and outside our homes to clean up winter grime and spring pollen and get our homes summer-ready! Today we are talking about 9 things you can do to get your home ready for summer!
CLEAN UP YOUR PORCH AND PATIO
My porch is small but I also have a patio and pretty gardens around our home. No matter how big or small your outside spaces are it’s important to keep them clean.
Remember to clean your front door. You will be shocked at how much dirt a front door accumulates. Scrub everything and give it a good hose down!
Pick up sticks and twigs and pull any weeds around your flower beds.
And to keep your porch and patio looking good, make cleaning it a routine. If you make it a part of your daily or weekly cleaning schedule it will be so much easier to clean!
MAKE A NEW FRONT DOOR WREATH
NOTHING says “welcome” like a big fresh door wreath! Make a summer wreath that pops!
You can find this easy to make PEONY SUMMER WREATH here.
And see another summer wreath diy HERE.
MAKE OUTDOOR PILLOWS
Using pillows outdoors gives those spaces a real living room look! But make sure the pillows you use will hold up to outdoor use! Use fabric and inserts that are approved for the elements. And make sure the fabric can stand up to the sun or it will fade. I know this from experience!
PLANT A POT OR TWO OR TEN
Pots of flowers and greens and even veggies on your porch and patio look gorgeous!!!! They bring life and brightness to any corner or spot outdoors! You can never have too many beautiful pots of flowers!
I’m so partial to container gardening. I plant tons of pretty summer annuals in colorful pots and also long planters. Container planters are so easy to maintain and I have lots of flowers to pick and bring inside!
And here is an HERB CONTAINER GARDENING GUIDE to help you plant, maintain and use beautiful herbs this summer.
WASH WINDOWS, DOORS, AND SCREENS
Living out in the middle of farm fields my windows get very crusty and dusty and dirty! So after the pollen has had its way with my home I get out and give my window and doors a good cleaning. That includes all casing around the window and the shutters too. Then I take the screens to the back patio and scrub them and let them sun dry.
It’s hard work but feels so so good when they are done!
GET SOME OUTDOOR FRIENDY TABLEWARE
Summer is the time to be outside and eat outside! Why not invest in some great outdoor dinner and drinkware that is shatterproof. There are so so many fabulous colors, style, and motifs of unbreakable dishes, glasses and more!
And they are often very reasonable! Start looking now so when it’s time to dine al fresco you have pretty summer tableware to use!
COMPILE GREAT SUMMER RECIPES
It’s time to change up our menus to a lighter more farm to fork fare! Start looking for those great grilling recipes and lighter salads.
CHANGE OUT YOUR PILLOWS
Let’s go inside for a few minutes and make a change that has a huge impact. Let’s change out our pillows! Or at least look over your pillow and think about which ones you are going to use and which ones you will need this summer.
Choose summer pillows with fabrics that are lighter in weight and color. I think changing pillows often change the whole look of a room!
ADD A HAPPY DECAL TO YOUR FRONT DOOR
We put a “hello” decal on our door last summer and I think it added such a fun, personal touch to our door. Everyone who comes to our door comments on it!
It was easy to apply and has held up so well! It can be taken off easily too!
You might like to see HOW TO APPLY A DECAL TO YOUR FRONT DOOR and see where we got ours.