Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer in the States and, in many places, the weather's begun to follow suit. What about in your home? Here's some ways we welcome the season into our home.
- Open up the windows and let the warm air circulate through your home: During the winter, I keep the windows closed, hoping to trap the heat inside and keep the house cozy. Yesterday, I threw open the windows and let the air circulate throughout the house.
- Pick up some seasonal flowers: The sudden proliferation of colorful blooms makes me eager to bring them home to brighten up the house.
- Consider a change of bedding: Nautical stripes are big in clothing; I'm considering bringing them into the bedroom as well. Though I'm normally a "white sheets only" girl, a bright flash of blue and white beneath a snowy white comforter feels fun and provocative.
- Make a bright salad: Check out what's new and unusual in the produce section and tumble it into a salad with olive oil and lemon juice. Eat it in your outdoor space. No outdoor space? Spread a tablecloth on the floor and have a pretend picnic.
- Minor changes in decor equal big impact: Decluttering the room -- clear the coffee table of knick knacks and replace them with a big bowl of lemons or oranges, put away the throws, thin out the pillows, hang up the coats that won't be needed again til next winter -- makes it feel clean and fresh.
- Consider rolling up the rugs and taking down the curtains: Now's a good time to take these items to the dry cleaner to have them cleaned. Consider storing them there for the summer.
- Reorient your furniture: Do you use your home differently in summer? I do. There's usually less time spent cozied up to the tv and more time entertaining people. Moving the furniture around brings new life into the space.
- Spring clean: When I opened up the windows and let the sun shine through my home, I saw that it needed a good cleaning! Maybe I'll do it myself or maybe I'll spring for a maid!
- Pick up some new bathroom towels: I definitely take more showers in the warmer months so I'm considering a change of towels. I'll recycle the old ones for use at the beach or to cover the car's seats so they don't burn me from baking in the sun!
- Cull the bookshelves: Summer means more time for reading. I love going through my bookshelves and making a big pile of books that I'll finally be able to get to. I love frilly beach reading, of course, but I also love that I'll finally have the time to delve into a dense novel.
Image: Kate Stockman from Lissa's Super-Small Secluded Haven