Through the winter, we hunker down with heavy blankets and warm fires. However, as the seasons change, what seemed cozy in cold weather can suddenly seem dark and oppressive. While you probably don’t need a total home makeover, getting ready for summer can help your space feel lighter and brighter.
So it's time to turn on the Beach Boys playlist and shake out your linens because summer is almost here! Let's get ready with these easy tweaks and to-dos.

1. Change the drapes

Your curtains probably pull double duty during the winter months. They give you privacy and help keep out any drafts. But warmer weather calls for lighter window treatments, so take down the heavy drapes and replace them with something that says summer. Opting for gauzy, sheer curtains gives you privacy and still allows light and air circulation. Or try a bamboo shade to add a natural element while still being able to block out the bright afternoon sun.

2. Think natural accessories

Summer-ready accessories can change the whole feel of your home, and what says summer more than natural materials? Bringing in natural elements helps lift the tone of your space, making it feel bright and airy. Try bringing in a few woven baskets to stash flip flops or kids’ outside gear. Bring in natural wood elements like cool candlesticks or bowls to brighten up your dining room table. Or accessorize with palm-printed pillows or light, natural-colored throw blankets.

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3. Do a mini spring cleaning

Clutter can make any home feel heavier than it really is. Simply clearing the horizontal surfaces in your home can make it feel airy and summer-ready in just a few minutes. So round up excess knick knacks in a basket and donate them to a local charity. Don't clutter up your home with things you no longer need or use. Let go, leave space for good summer vibes!

Here's some quick five-minute tasks to summer proof your home:

    • Open up your windows. Make sure they’re clean and opening smoothly while you let in some fresh air.
    • Burn white sage throughout your home to release stagnant energy!
    • Store extra pillows and blankets you won’t need until cooler weather.
    • Run a dryer sheet along your baseboards to dust and freshen.
    • Change the linens on the beds to fresh lighter sheets and blankets. If you can have lighters colors, even better!
    • Put seasonal stuff in storage.

For decoration advice you should read: How to create a color palette

4. Just add green

Plants don’t only serve up a fresh outlook on decor; they actually make the air in your home cleaner. Choosing easy-to-maintain plants makes adding green a total no-brainer. Head to your local nursery and ask specifically for plants that do well indoors. Plants like peace lily, snake plant and succulents require a quick weekly watering but repay you by breathing new life into your home.

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5. Change the lighting

When you think of cold weather, you probably think of dimmer lighting: the glow of the fire or a candle. Reading a good book by the amber light of a lamp. Summer, however, means brighter light and letting the sun in, so it’s a great time to change up your home’s lighting. Put bright white bulbs into your fixtures or bring in as much natural lighting as you can. Have your windows cleaned and make sure to remove anything that could be blocking light, like large furniture pieces. Don’t have a lot of natural light? Bring in a few mirrors to reflect light and act as interior windows.

Sunshine brightens any mood! If you haven't done so already, be sure to read Boost Happiness in 3 Steps to learn about the power of light and the color yellow!

6. Move furniture

Moving your furniture around helps get your home summer-ready. Think about the way your family lives during the summer. How do they spend their time in the house? What do you want to encourage? Then, reposition your furniture accordingly. 

You should read: 5 Ways To Make Your Home Feel Custom

7. Add summer scents

One of the best ways to freshen up your home for the summer is simply bringing in summer scents. Whether you love the comfort of a candle or you prefer scented oils, summer scents can brighten up your mood — no matter the weather. Look for bright, clean scents like lemon and orange. Or, if you’re more of a floral person, choose spring-ready fragrances like lilac or rose. Prefer something clean? Linen-scented picks are perfect for giving your home that just-tidied feeling.

If spring is a time for renewal, then summer is a time for simply enjoying your hard work. By prepping your home, you can shake out the dust and sluggishness of colder weather and love your space in a bright, new, airy way.

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