Preparing Your Home for Summer

Preparing Your Home for Summer

If you’re like us and live in New England, you know that magical feeling when the crisp air turns warm, flowers begin to bloom, and the earth comes alive again. Suddenly, we’re collectively motivated to spring clean, shedding the weight of winter. It’s like a ritual we all practice, preparing for a new season, clearing both our minds and our spaces. 

Having spent years working in homes, we’ve gathered some essential tips to make this spring cleaning process seamless and easy: 

1. The Box Method: Declutter with Purpose 

Decluttering can be overwhelming, even if you’re itching to tidy up. Here’s where the box method comes in handy: 

    1. Get Five Boxes: Label them as “Keep,” “Donate,” “Trash,” “Relocate, and “Sell.” 
    2. Start in Any Room: No secret formula here—just pick a room and begin with the first item you see. 
    3. Sort with Purpose: As you pick up items, decide which box they belong in:  
    4. Keep: Items staying put in the current room that bring you joy. 
      • Donate: Anything in good condition that someone else might need, but you could do without and probably wouldn’t buy again (OR it would be inexpensive for you to buy again). 
      • Trash: Items that are simply trash or broken beyond repair. 
      • Relocate: Items you want to keep but need to move elsewhere – whether to another room or a family member / friend). 
      • Sell: Items of high value that you want to get rid of.  
 

Pro Tip:

Set aside time to list items for sale immediately. As a professional organizer, I caution my clients when deciding to sell items as this often becomes a box that continues to sit in the corner. If you are going through this process thinking of your sell box as ill get to it soon, you are actually creating more clutter. In order to make the decluttering process as effective as possible, only create a sell bin if you have time to list items for sale that same day. Whatever hasn’t sold in a month should be donated.  

2. Create Your Cleaning Caddy 

Before diving into cleaning tasks, gather your supplies. Whether you create a cleaning caddy to carry with you or have one for each room, having everything at hand will help you maintain a flow state. If you have windows or mirrors, don’t forget the glass cleaner! Having the right cleaning tools is a sure way to improve your process. 

3. Refresh Your Aesthetics 

Once decluttering and cleaning are done, turn your attention to aesthetics. Here’s how to freshen up your space for spring and summer: 

  • Put away winter textures: Like many New Englander’s, we typically switch out our closets for the change in seasons. Putting away winter sweaters and swapping them for tank tops and shorts. Do the same with your home decor. Those heavy winter throw blankets can now be packed away to make the home feel lighter and airier, coinciding with the feel of the summer.  

  • Add Spring Colors: Inject some life into your decor with fun spring colors. Consider artwork, decorative pillows, and blankets in cheerful hues. 

  • Bring the Outside In: Houseplants are a fantastic addition. Not only do they add earthy green tones, but they also improve air quality, infusing your home with vitality. 

4. Stock Up for Summer Gatherings: Essentials Check List 

Summer is here, and that means it’s time to prepare for outdoor gatherings, barbecues, and fun-filled parties. Whether you’re hosting a backyard soirée or a casual get-together, having the right supplies on hand ensures a stress-free and enjoyable experience. Here’s your ultimate checklist for stocking up: 

Paper Goods: 

Paper Plates, Cups, Straws, and Napkins: Purchase these in bulk if you have the storage. Consider keeping the plates neutral and letting the napkins add color and pattern. For themed occasions, opt for July 4th-inspired napkins with navy blue or red plates. Don’t forget birthday napkins and those with fun summer motifs! 

 

Floral Decor: 

Seasonal Flowers: It’s easy to incorporate some cutting flowers into your seasonal landscaping. In New England, hydrangeas, sunflowers, and wildflower mixes are popular choices. Arrange them in vases or vintage glasses for a fresh and inviting look. Add seasonal herbs for a fun touch of greenery to any display. 

Summer Food and Treats: 

Popsicles and Frozen Treats: Stock up on refreshing popsicles and other frozen goodies. Check out our social media for homemade recipes! 

Popcorn, S’mores, and Ice Cream Supplies: Create a cozy outdoor movie night with popcorn and s’mores. Don’t forget the ice cream toppings! 

Basic Beverages: Keep your guests hydrated with frozen lemonade, seltzer, ginger beer, sweetened lime juice, and grenadine. Mix mocktails and cocktails easily by adding fruit slices, edible flowers, and ice. 

Burgers and Hot Dogs: Have a stash of frozen burgers and hot dogs, along with corresponding buns. They’re perfect for impromptu grill sessions. 

  • Condiments: Make sure you have squeezable ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, and BBQ sauce for easy serving.

 

Food Containers: 

Leftovers and Take-Home Treats: Invest in food containers to store leftovers or send guests home with a delicious parting gift. Having these on hand saves you from scrambling for containers at the last minute. 

Remember, spring cleaning isn’t just about tidying up—it’s about embracing the change of seasons and creating a harmonious environment. 🌼🧹 

-Shawn & Kayla

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