The weather is finally warming up and if you live in Britain, you’ll be ready for it! But is your house ready? Getting your home summer-ready can help you make the most of the season - and it doesn’t have to break the bank. We've put together a handy list of tips to help you improve your home on a shoestring budget.
1. Let there be light
After months of turning up the radiators and hiding under blankets, it’s finally warm enough to leave the house without a jacket - so celebrate by letting in the light. While the curtains might have spent the majority of 2015 firmly drawn, they can now be opened wide to let in the springtime sunshine. Pulling back the blinds and opening the windows will allow natural light to burst through and instantly brighten up your home with all the scents of summer.
2. Defrost your freezer
If ever there was a time to dig deep and defrost your freezer, this is it. Clean out your ice trays and make space for all the delicious icy treats that come with the season. Stocking your freezer with plenty of snacks will help cool you down on those hot days and instantly get you in the summertime spirit. If you’re feeling extra productive, you can give your fridge a clean, too - and make plenty of space for those refreshing ciders.
3. Bring out your summer wardrobe
Okay, so there may be a few items that you can wear season-to-season - but for the most part, having a weather-dependent wardrobe is a great idea. You can pack away your memories of a chilly winter along with your woolly jumpers and wellies, and embrace the season by bringing out your shorts and sandals.
4. Pack away all signs of winter
Fluffy blankets and over-sized pillows are great for the winter months - but once the sun breaks through, pack them away in favour of lighter, more summer-friendly accessories. Whether it’s replacing your thick duvets with cotton sheets or swapping your crock pot for a salad bowl, you can add a touch of summer to every room in your house - and it doesn't have to cost the earth. During winter, a simple scented candle can instantly make your home feel cosy - and flowers can have the same effect in summer. So pack up the candles, bring out the vases and pick up some fresh flowers to bring the outdoors in.
5. Break out the BBQ
The British BBQ is undoubtedly the ‘smell of the summer’, so why not break it out at the earliest opportunity? It’s likely that you've been neglecting your garden recently, so show it some love by mowing the lawn and watering the plants. Once your garden is prepped, you can fire up the BBQ and invite your friends round for some summer snacks.
6. Turn it off
Once it starts to warm up, it’s time to switch things off. In the summer months, there’s no need to leave the heating switched on or use a tumble dryer every day - it’s a waste of your utilities, not to mention being unhealthy. Switch off any appliances you no longer need and embrace the season by hanging your clothes out to dry. This is a great way to save money and nothing beats the fresh smell of clothes that have dried naturally in the open air.
So there you have it - our top 6 budget-friendly tips to get your home geared up for summer. Take our advice and you’re guaranteed to make the most of every ray of sunshine British summertime throws your way.
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