Well the summer has arrived, yet the Sun doesn’t seem to know if it should be delighting us with it’s beauty or not. So hot one day you almost have to do nothing but eat ice-cream and drink a cold gin and tonic, then the next day you need to get your coat out.
We love the Summer, long light evenings, country walks, picnics, days at the beach, holidays and BBQ’s with friends. With the longer days it give you just that bit longer to do those little jobs that just never seem to get done during the darker days of the Winter.
When we moved to our current home, we had some changes to make the main one being new windows. The children’s bedrooms are in the roof space, so are freezing cold in the Winter and little saunas during the Summer. With no way of securing the windows on vents meaning the windows were even open or closed. With our bedroom downstairs it use to make me worry about the children at night with the windows open, so they would always be closed. New windows were essential. Choosing them very carefully to ensure they could be opened wide, have vents and also lockable. Now meeting the fire regulations and being security safe. So, this year having had the expense of the windows, we are just doing little bits around the house to get it ready for the summer. Although I have big plans for decorating, it will have to wait a while.
Top tips for getting the house summer ready
For those hot summer nights, change your duvet down to a lower tog. There are so many different ones available from 15 tog for those extra cosy winter nights down to 2.5 for the hot summer nights. We have summer duvet of 4.5 tog that we change over to at some point during May. I like to have a cover over me at night so this is perfect.
Fan’s in the bedrooms, in our house it’s a must. The children’s bedrooms get so hot that even though they only blow warm air around the room, it makes all the difference. I have got my eyes on a Dyson Cool Tower they are amazing, however with a price tag of £349 they are little bit over the budget.
Flies coming into the house is something that drives me crazy, buzzing around and annoying everyone. I do however love candles, so I find that using citronella candles helps to keep them away. A lot of people think to use them in the garden while having a BBQ to keep the wasps away, however they work wonders in the house as well.
Taking down your curtains and washing them, the warm summer days are perfect for this. Getting them all hung out on the line, fresh and cleaned ready to dry on a lovely day. Why not get the cushion and sofa covers washed and hung out as well.
The summer is the perfect time to get a few jobs outside completed. Painting the fences, making sure they are all secure, cleaning out the gutters, painting the garage door or even those beautiful wooden window frames. Lots of smaller things that just don’t get done during the winter.
Give the garden some love, tidy those flower beds, weed and feed the lawn, clean the decking and patio areas. Then enjoy the summer evenings with a BBQ, and cocktails and some friends.
During the summer we tend to leave the windows open we pop out, or we head off on a holiday without making sure we have home insurance that covers everything we need. Chill Insurance have some fantastic levels of home insurance cover, just make sure whatever your summer plans are you have your house insured.
*This is a collaborative post with Chill Insurance.*