After a shocking start to the year, the ‘beast from the east’ is most definitely behind us. We’ve been blessed with some absolutely gorgeous weather of late. Whilst this is most definitely a good thing, the good weather can sometimes lead us to realise the neglect our poor homes have suffered through the winter months. From a garden that’s been hit with snowstorms, to tired-looking interiors in need of a revamp, we’ll all be seeing the damage in at least one place in our homes. This guide will help you with some ideas for getting your house summer-ready.
Get pristine windows
Both outside and in, it’s important to have your windows shining for summer. The sun shining through can occasionally make it clear they’re in need of some TLC. Whilst there are a whole host of little tips and tricks you could try, there’s nothing wrong with using a simple solution of soap and warm water. Try to keep the soapy suds to a minimum as these can lead to unsightly streaks. Use a sponge that’s non-abrasive to prevent damaging, and make sure you wipe off any excess liquid afterwards. Timing is important when washing your windows. Although the streaks and dirt might be more visible when it’s sunny, choosing a cloudy day is best. This will prevent the water from drying too quickly and creating the dreaded streaks.
Nobody likes a messy home. Whilst having blankets, excess pillows and little knick-knacks might make it feel cosy in the winter, when summer comes around you want your home to feel as light and airy as possible. Having a purge of excess clutter can open up a room’s space, and ease the headache you feel if the house looks unorganised due to mess. This doesn’t mean you need to be throwing anything away, though (unless it really needs to go!) Instead, try finding somewhere to store your winter ornaments and blankets until summer ends. Let’s be honest, you’ll probably find a use for the blankets in the British summertime anyway!
The time has finally come to get the overgrown garden in order. The grass is probably out of control and the flowers are long gone. Before it’s time to host the next family BBQ in your garden, you need to make sure it’s presentable! Re-plant the flower beds and give the grass some new seeds and it will be looking as good as new. You can even add some summery features to your garden to really impress. Fairly lights work great and will hang over most things, plus they add extra light when the sun does eventually go down on those long summer nights. It’s mostly a case of getting it tidy again, and breathing new life into your plants.
Clean, Clean, Clean!
We’ve all heard of spring cleans, but it’s easy to dismiss their important. For starters, allergies such as hay fever tend to flare up as the weather turns warmer. It’s important that any excess dust and pollen is cleaned away. Carpets are big culprits for trapped dirt, so make sure they have been thoroughly cleaned. If you have wood or laminate flooring, it’s worth giving them a good weep and a mop – although you should only use a tiny amount of water, as too much can damage the wood. When you’re going through your spring clean checklist, don’t forget to make sure all surfaces are cleaned and disinfected. You can also give your bed sheets a wash. What could be better than getting into fresh bedsheets after a day of cleaning?
What tips do you have for getting your home ready for the summertime?