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How to Get Your Home and Family Geared Up for Summer
When summer comes around, it seems there are always a million things to take care of. Your home may need some sprucing up after the harsh weather of winter, the backyard should be checked for safety hazards, and the lawn will need near-constant care, especially after the rainy season ends. There’s a lot to think about, but with some careful planning, you can make sure your home is ready for all the fun that summer can bring.
With that in mind, it’s also important to make sure your family is ready for warm weather. Go over the rules of safety for swimming, playing outdoors, and staying hydrated in the heat. Make healthy snacks and cool treats easily accessible so the kids can grab what they need themselves. Talk about all the fun things you want to do as a family, and make a list of the activities that everyone wants to try. It can be hard to squeeze in everything, but if you can stay organized, it will be easier to make everyone happy.
Keep reading for some great tips on how to get your home and family geared up for summer.
Get the Backyard in Shape
Many families love to spend time in the backyard during summer. It can be a safe haven for kids with the right preparations, and it’s also a place for everyone to come together and have fun (and maybe even learn a few things!). You can set up a tent and do some backyard camping, create an area to do some bird watching, and make a treasure hunt that the kids will have a blast figuring out. Head to the local dollar store for prizes that can be hidden around the yard and give the kids a map. Your family will make memories that will last a lifetime!
Make It Safe
Making safety a priority will help ease your mind and allow you to have fun this summer. Look over the backyard -- especially if you have a swingset or other playground equipment -- to make sure there are no repairs that need to be made after the ravages of winter. Keep an eye out for fallen nails, pet droppings, and poisonous plants that may have popped up after all the spring rain. If you have a pool, it’s imperative that you check to make sure all safety equipment is in good shape and that the pool has the proper chemicals ready to go.
Talk About Hot Weather
Playing outside in the hot weather for much of the day has its share of dangers, so talk to your kids about how to stay hydrated, how to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion, and how important it is to always wear sunblock. Make sure everyone has a hat and/or sunglasses for outdoor play. Dress in cool layers to avoid overheating.
Getting your home in good shape after winter and spring have gone may require a small list of to-dos. Check your A/C vents and the filter to make sure they are clean and free of debris; this can not only help keep your home free of dust and allergens, but it can also lower your utility bills. Consider having your carpets or floors steam-cleaned, and check all your pipes to make sure they haven’t taken any damage after the cold months of winter.
Preparing your home and family for the summer months will allow everyone to have fun and enjoy their time off. Even if you can’t afford to take a big family vacation, you can still have a great time in the comfort of your own backyard.