Wrapping Up the Summer

With the end of August coming in just a few days, it looks like summer is wrapping up. September usually (and, in some cases, hopefully) brings with it cooler weather, and people start reaching for jackets. It’s time to put away the swimsuits, shorts, and other summer items. As we wrap up summer, it’s time to start thinking ahead to the fall.

As temperatures start to cool up, one of the first things you’ll want to do to wrap up the summer is put away your summer clothes. Some people move them to the back of the closet or fold them and put them in storage boxes. Either way, you’ll want to make room for your fall and winter clothes. You may need to wash or iron them, especially if they’ve been folded. You might also need to take a few things to the cleaners.

Some people change their décor each season. If you’re one of them, wrapping up the summer means putting away the summer decorations. This might mean changing the quilt on your bed to one that incorporates more brown, orange, red, and yellow (traditional fall colors) or putting a different welcome mat out. Other things you might change include decorative pillows, throws, wreaths, decorative candles, and decorative towels.

Another way of wrapping up the summer is to give the exterior of your home a change. Some chores that you need to do aren’t fun and don’t do much to change your home’s look, such as cleaning out the gutters. However, you can take the time to paint and patch up a few things, too.

The end of summer doesn’t have to mean the end of doing things outdoors, though. You can still get in a few picnics, continue walking or jogging outdoors, and take the kids to the park. In fact, the early fall is often the preferred time to do some outdoor events since it is cooler. If you haven’t been to the zoo this summer, for example, now may be the perfect time.

Spend the next few weeks wrapping up the summer and preparing for the fall. That way, when the cooler temperatures get here, you’ll be ready.

Decorating for Summer

Summer is here! Have you made any thought to decorating your home for summer? Some people don’t really redecorate for do anything special for summer, but you don’t have to do much to add a little summer flair to your home.

Fresh summer flowers, of course, make a perfect addition to your summer home. Just order an arrangement from your local florist or, if you raise your own flowers, cut a few and place them in a nice vase. Put the bouquet on the dining room table or in another prominent place.

Add some light colored pillows, sheets, and other accessories to your bed. Summer is a time of light, airy décor, so put away your darker colored bedspread and go with something with a summer print. You can do the same thing with your dining room table’s tablecloth and place mats.

Some people put out a new welcome mat in front of their front door during the summer. Pick something with a fun summer picture or design on it.

If you want to change up some of your wall décor, hang up some floral prints, outdoor images, and other pictures with bright colors. Most people decorate with lighter colors or even pastels in the summer and use the darker, bold colors for winter.

To change up your living room, put out some new throw pillows and maybe switch up the items on your coffee table, if you have one. Put out some coasters that feature floral images or change out any candles you have decorating your living room.

Overall, to get a nice summer feel to your home, go with bright summer colors. Change things like pillows, small decorative items, and add some flowers to make your home seem more alive and bright.