How to Prepare Your Apartment for Spring and Summer
Spring is here and summer is right around the corner, which means sweltering temperatures, tornado warnings, and big invasions are coming. Before summer hits in full force, it best to get your apartment prepared. Embrace those lazy, hazy days of summer with a few simple chores that, done in advance, will make your summer a warm, leisurely breeze. Here are some ideas in regards to what you should do to prepare your home for summer.
Freshen Your Airflow
No one wants to suffer through those dog days of summer, so to ensure a cool summer, some simple airflow updates are a must. Turn your ceiling fan to counter-clockwise. In other words, make sure your fan’s blades are tilted upward as they spin; this pushes the air downward and creates a stronger draft. In addition, replace the air conditioner’s filter or have your central air looked at by a professional. By doing this, you will have an easier time breathing in the sweltering summer heat.
Say Goodbye to Winter
Simple, seasonal changes to your interior design can make your apartment fit for summer. You can update your space with lighter and brighter accessories. Let go of anything that elicits heat: get rid of heavy rugs and curtains, thick blankets and fire logs. You can replace candles with fresh flowers and switch your winter weather mats with lightweight white ones. With these updates, winter will be long gone and out of mind.
Flip Your Garage
Say goodbye to your snow blower, shovels, snowboards, and skis! You won’t need any of those items anytime soon. Bring forward all of those summer sports gear including the lawn mower, sprinkler and garden tools. Fill your garage also with backyard sports items like cornhole, badminton, croquet and bocce ball. When they are upfront and organized, they are easily accessible. You won’t be rummaging through your winter items in order to access those outdoor summer needs.
Set Up Bug Barriers
Summer weather tends to bring out the bugs. Many bugs and insects go into some form of hibernation during the colder months. The minute it starts warming up, the bugs of the summer will begin to flock to your area. There are a number of ways to keep bugs from coming in. Make sure everything is sealed. Check the caulking around your windows and doors, inside and out, and fix any of the drafts and gaps with new weather stripping and caulking. Ask your landlord for professional help!
Stock Up for Summer
It is important to stock up on all of those summer essentials in case of emergencies. Make sure to fill your medicine cabinet with sun block, aloe, and insect repellant. In addition, place picnic blankets and fresh beach towels in your linen closet. For a summer picnic, place your picnic basket in your pantry prepped with colorful summer linens and biodegradable dishware all ready to use.
Spring and summer are the best times to have fun and relax. Take some time to freshen up your apartment so you can enjoy the warm months ahead. These few maintenance tips will surely help you save money and headaches for the summer months to come.