Summer is the perfect time to focus on your home. Of course, summer can also be a busy time of year, so sometimes it’s good to focus on small projects that can have big impact. The following projects are easy to accomplish in a morning….without spending much money at all.
1. Check the roof and clean gutters. Please use caution whenever you climb atop your roof. But if you are inclined to do so, summer is the perfect time of year for a quick survey. Check for loose shingles and overly weathered spots. While you’re up there in the early morning, you may also want to examine the exterior of your chimney for any cracks. The good news here is that most repairs can be done any time before fall, and whenever your budget allows. Remember too, to clean your rain gutters if you have them, although they are less used in Arizona. You’ll want to scoop away any debris you find.
2. Wash your windows and screens. If you didn’t do this project in spring, it’s not too late. Sparkling clean windows enhance your view of the outdoors. Speaking of screens, this is also the perfect opportunity to replace any worn-out screens. You can simply visit your local hardware store for an easy-to-use, inexpensive repair kit.
3. Create a clothesline. If you have two trees in your yard that are in relatively close proximity to one another, there’s a good chance you can create a clothesline. Line drying your clothes is an old-fashioned custom, but provides a natural, fresh scent to your clothes and bedding, cuts down on your electric bill, and allows your house to stay much cooler.
4. Decorate for the summer. Replace dark colored decorations with furnishing that are both lighter in color and in weight. Doing so will open up and lighten any room. If you have a fireplace, you can also decorate it for summer if it’s a wood-burning fireplace. Remove the grate from inside the fireplace and replace it with either a fireplace candelabrum, or several individual candles. The incandescence provided by the candles bring a wonderful ambience without turning up the heat. Flowers or plants inside also add a nice touch.
5. Install dimmer switches. Dimmer switches not only add ambience, they also cut down on energy and unwanted heat. Another tip is to use low-wattage light bulbs whenever possible.
Dedicate just a few minutes each week to tackling these easy projects and you’ll still have time to enjoy your summer!