Over the change of seasons, even the most attractive home may feel stuffy and in need of a revamp. Summer is the perfect time to bring sunshine and change in your home. The list below are some of the key things to change about your home in the summer months to enjoy it to the fullest or get it ready to sell on the local real estate market.
The look and feel of your home is an extension of your personality but it also determines the mood and atmosphere for you and your family. The décor in your home can effectively put you in a relaxing mood and decrease your stress levels. Personalizing your space is an indication of how much you care for your living space and your attention to detail.
Self-care is not always easy during hectic busy working days but summer gives us an opportunity to take advantage of the long sunny days. You can relax, take a vacation, or have a stay vacation.
It is important to realize that your body needs sleep. Sleep is important to relax and rejuvenate your body. More importantly, sleep helps to fight off stress levels and to build up your immune system. All the more reason why you need to invest in a good quality bed.
Your bedroom is your sanctuary where you can reboot and allow yourself to relax. Your bed is the centerpiece in your room and investing in a quality bed will support you for years and throughout your self-care routine. Wash bedding in hot water and vacuum the top and bottom side of the mattress to reduce the risk of dust mites. Crisp white linen in the bedroom is the classic summer.
You may not realize it but your mattress could be the culprit behind those restless nights. If you struggle to find a comfortable position to sleep in or you find your back hurting the next day, it’s time to replace your mattress. You want one that is neither too firm nor too soft. It should also be made in sustainable materials, that way, when it’s time to throw it out, most of its parts can still be recycled.
Deep Clean For Summer
Deep cleaning is not only about physically cleaning the house but investing in yourself emotionally. Getting rid of the chaos in your home is a way of creating harmony within yourself and in your home. Deep clean your home by starting with de-cluttering your cupboards inside and outside. Clear or pack away all the things that were accumulating or throughout what is not needed and have a yard sale. By doing this physical chore, it will assist you by getting rid of unnecessary worries that trouble your mind. Holding onto clutter that is of no real value is senseless.
Winter and Spring is the time when dirt and debris cover the driveway, sidewalks, and outside surfaces. Now is the ideal time to get out the pressure washer and clean down those surface areas. Get the outdoor space ready by dusting down and scrubbing patio furniture with warm soapy water if necessary. Move out pillows or cushions, and switch containers around for a modernized look.
Warm days bring a sense of hope and pleasure to enjoy the outdoors. With warm days come the overgrown trees and bushes together with the weeds. Now is the time to assess and draw up a list of what is needed for the garden. At cooler times of the day re-arrange plants in pots that have outgrown their space and combine varieties of plants that will work well together.
To enjoy the summer outdoors, de-weed, trim the overgrown trees and bushes. A neatly mown lawn is always pleasing to the eyes. Remember no to cut the lawn too short, lawn cut too short does not look healthy. Bring the summer outdoor garden inside by adding indoor plants or flowers. Florals and freshly cut flowers in a vase is a beautiful way to bring summer indoors. Best of all bouquets do not break the bank balance. This is one of the easiest ways to brighten up your home for the summer.
Energy Saving Tips
Warm weather in summer comes with a price but with a bit of planning, you can enjoy the summer cost-effectively and save on energy consumption. Firstly make everyone aware of energy consumption saving goals and reducing the electricity bill.
It is equally important to identify the appliances that consume the most energy. Once you have identified them, then you can take the necessary measures to reduce consumption. Replace appliances such as washing machines, refrigerators, air conditioners, etc with Green ones. Should it not be financially possible to be replaced all at once, in the interim use it wisely.
The sauna is one of the home comforts, which could be worth investing in. if you’re into luxury, and have the budget for it, it could be an absolute must. Imagine having your own spa at home – that’s exactly what it’s like with a sauna. If you’re someone who loves to date, is a romantic at heart to spoil your partner, a sauna will be an investment. It has its health benefits too. A sauna is a natural remedy for aches and pains for young and old alike.
Another aspect of home comfort to consider would be natural light. Installing floor to ceiling windows and vast window walls is not only a dream come to, it also has a luxurious appearance which adds to the appeal. Research has shown the benefits of vitamin D, mostly obtained via natural light. The body releases “the happy hormone’ – serotonin.
Your Cleaning Products
Cleaning products keep your home pristine but the ingredients in them might be harmful to your health. Even if manufacturers claim that these toxic chemicals only come in small amounts, you should still be careful. You are exposed to these chemicals whenever you clean and over time, it builds up and can lead to conditions like asthma, reproductive disorders, hormone disruption, neurotoxicity, and cancer.
It’s time to replace those commercial cleaning products and start making your own. You only really need a few key items: vinegar, baking soda, dish soap, hydrogen peroxide, borax, and essential oils. Once you have these on hand, you can make a number of cleaning solutions that you can use in different areas of your home.
Your Home's Unnatural Light
Light can have a big impact on your mood. Did you know that fluorescent bulbs (blue light) make you feel more awake while soft, warm lighting (orange, yellow) makes you feel relaxed? With this in mind, it’s important that you adjust each room’s lighting based on what it needs.
For your office or study room where concentration and focus is much needed, you’ll want to install fluorescent lights. Warm light is best suited for areas where you relax such as your reading nook or the bedroom. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. You can add both that you can use for different times of the day. What’s important is that you know when to use them so you get the effect that you want.
Since we’re on the topic of lights, you should also be aware of the light exposure from your phone. It emits a blue light that can impact your sleep. You’ll want to adjust it to night mode once evening sets so your body still follows the circadian rhythm.
Creature Comforts - Your Chair
If you work from home, you probably spend a lot of time in your office chair. Maintaining proper posture is key here. If you sit for too long while keeping a poor posture, you risk hurting your back, shoulders, and neck. You may not notice it now but later on as you get older, these pains begin to manifest more frequently.
To prevent that from happening, you’ll want to invest in an ergonomic chair. This kind of chair allows you to sit in a position that best works with your body. This means your back maintains a natural S curve, your wrists are aligned with the forearm, your shoulders are relaxed, feet are flat on the ground, and eyes are level with the screen monitor. You may need to also adjust your table height and monitor height to make this possible.
Final Summer Home Tips
Every home is certainly different but the most frequently touched areas are normally, door handles, tables, chairs, handrails, kitchen and bathroom surfaces, taps, toilets, light switches, mobile phones, computers, tablets, keyboards, remote controls, and favorite toys. These high touched areas are what need to be cleaned as often as possible.
Our life runs on a number of household items and we may not realize their true impact until we suffer the consequences (or benefits!) later. We go through them like it’s nothing, finishing one daily task after the other, but as consumers, it’s important that we know how our things affect us. Whether you are looking for home staging advice or just want to enjoy all the comforts your home allows, these tips summer home tips will put you on the right track.