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10 Ways to Summerize Your Home
When we winterize, we prepare for the cold winter months by
blocking out anything that might make us feel cold. We plug holes, caulk
windows, and turn up the heat. Our home decorations reflect this desire to be
warm and cozy. We surround ourselves with things that say “warmth” like candles,
throws, festive arrangements, and an abundance of pillows on our beds and
couches that invite us to sink into the warmth. Now that it's summer, I get hot
just thinking about this.
If your energy is a little low and you feel hot, how about
summerizing your home to reflect the changes that have taken place in nature?
You might just get an energy boost.
Think light and cool. As the temperature rises, we seek a
feeling of lightness and coolness in the way we dress, the foods we eat, and the
decorations in our homes. Off come the heavy clothes, the layers, and the
preference for warm colors. We begin to eat more salads and lightly cooked
Summer is a perfect time to take a look at your home with new
eyes. What makes it feel hot and heavy? What simple changes can you make that
will improve the way your it feels?
Here are several tips to help you summerize your home and shed
some of the "heat":
Eliminate excess. Pack away many of your nicknacks. Clear away
anything that feels cluttered or “hot.” Favor simplicity and lightness.
Consider taking down some of your pictures for the season. It will be fun
putting them back up for the winter months.
Remove dark colored pillows from the bed and sofa and pack
them away for now. Or if you prefer, replace them with cool colors or cover
them with slipcovers.
Take the “fire” out of your house. Pack away the candles for
use next season. Consider putting away everything on the hearth for an open,
Roll up any area rugs or throw rugs that you can live without
to open up and lighten the room.
Pack away your winter comforters and replace them with lighter
weight comforters in cooler colors.
If you have an excessive number of plants, take them outside
for the season to open up your spaces and cool them off. You don’t want your
house to feel like a tropical jungle.
Take a look at your curtains and drapes. Do they feel too warm
and heavy? Consider taking them down and leaving the windows bare. If that’s
too shocking for you, put up some lace curtains, sheers, or other lighter
Wash your windows or have them washed. Bye bye grime and grit,
hello sunshine. There’s something quite pleasing about clean windows on a
Consider giving your house a face lift with new interior
paint. Paint is inexpensive and can dramatically improve the look of a room.
Home decorating trends favor using color instead of the conventional
Determine where you will store the off-season items you have
taken down. You can store them in containers under beds, in available cabinets
and closets, or in an off-season storage area in your basement. Large
trunk-style plastic containers with lids work well. Label them with the
contents (e.g., Winter accessories). If you use clear containers, you can even
see what’s inside.
This uncluttered summer look will be easier to keep clean. I
think you’ll find that summerizing will put a bounce in your step. And when the
winter rolls around again, you’ll enjoy warming up your home with the
accessories you packed away for the summer.
Take Action – Nothing Changes Without Action
Set aside time this month to give your home a summer face lift
by getting rid of things you don't love or use. Decluttering lightens the energy
Have fun. You don't have to worry about doing this perfectly.
Just get started.
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