A plan can be a very good thing – if it includes hammocks, outdoor games, and farm-fresh fruit
A summer list is a great way to make sure you are taking time to do whatever you want to do before the season is over. You probably want to add a lot of items to your list, for example: taking short trips, spending all day on the beach, going to a baseball game, jumping in a lake, or having a lobster roll at your favorite clam shack – but what about with the fun things you can do without leaving home? Consider these 14 ideas on your list.
Do 14 things in summer
1. Take a picture of your house. Years from now, whether you still live in your home or have moved to another location, it may be worthwhile to have some mementos from your home life as it is today. Take a few pictures of the outside, across the street and every seat inside, as well as special details like your children’s height marks on a door frame or the view from your favorite window.
A summer list is a great way to make sure you are taking time to do whatever you want to do
2. Set the switches on the balcony. A few days at home in the summer can be even cuter if you take the time to decorate your home and patio. Clean up those lounge chairs and treat yourself to some fluffy new towels or pillows, a pile of books, and your favorite ice-cold drinks.
A few days at home in the summer can be even cuter if you take the time to decorate your home and patio
3. Hang a hammock. Just lying in the breeze in a hammock is relaxing – actually lounging in one is even better! If you don’t have a pergola to hang the hammock in, find one with the seller that comes with its own freestanding frame.
Take a picture of every person visiting your house this summer and tack all of the photos on your fridge or special board
4. Try to have fresh inclusion in the guest book. Take a picture of every person visiting your house this summer and tack all of the photos on your fridge or special board. The growing clutter of photos will be like an ever-changing technology – and by the end of summer, you’ll have enough to fill an album.
An outside shower
5. Add a summery outdoor feature. An outdoor shower, pizza oven, fire pit, movie screen … or all of them can have their place outdoors. And the nice thing is that most of these projects can be completed on a wide variety of budgets.
Turn your garage or shed into usable space
6. Turn your garage or shed into usable space. Why leave the garage or shed just there when they could be used as a studio, workshop or ping-pong room? Let your plans for the room motivate you so that you can start using it before summer is over.
Try a no lawn game
7. Try a no lawn game. No lawn? Set up a game of bocce or pétanque on a gravel road or driveway.
Decorate with finds from the flea market
8. Decorate with finds from the flea market. Freshen up your home on a budget by hunting down summer flea markets and flea markets for bargain finds. Freshen up your finds with a varnish or new buttons.
Start with materials you already have and look for project ideas that you like
9. Try an upcycling project. Check out your abandoned stuff for reuse, and you may be able to create something completely new without creating a dime. Start with materials you already have and look for project ideas that you like.
Canned food is a popular choice for preserving fruit
10. Preserve the harvest. The next time you come across a high season bounty perfectly producing – whether it’s from your own garden or on a farm – enough to put some money in for later. Canned foods are a popular choice for preserving fruit, but if boiling jars aren’t your idea of having fun on a hot summer day, freeze the fruit. Freeze berries or peaches in slices so they don’t stick together, then put them in a freezer bag.
Campsite in the backyard
11. Camping in the backyard. Put up the tent, roast s’mores over the fire pit and in the dark, just for fun for the little ones, tell them that you are deep in the mountains. In fact, even if you don’t want to sleep outside, the tents and tipis remain great temporary summer playhouses for children.
Finally, print out all of these pictures and make a gallery wall
12. Finally, print out all of these pictures and make a gallery wall. Ah, the digital age. If you’re like me, most of your photos only exist on your computer hard drive. Try to change that this summer by printing your favorites. Fill an entire wall with frames for a fun, eclectic look.
Summer is a great time to start a kitchen remodeling project
13. Take part in a major renovation project. If you’ve got it planned, summer is a great time to start a kitchen remodeling project.
Optimize your stuff to have more space for what you really want to do
14. Simplify … and then just relax. Optimize your stuff to have more space for what you really want to do.
Tell us: what’s on your summer list? What else are you going to do in your house or garden this summer? We look forward to your message!
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