Getting Ready For Summer

It is that time of year again! Summer, the time most people look forward to. I can’t say I am particularly excited because I live in the desert but summertime still has it’s perks. Longer days, warm weather, and plenty of outdoor events. So I have thrown together some tips to help you make that most out of this magical time.

For the home:

  1. Put away all cold weather clothes.

    Declutter your home and your closet by putting all of your winter clothing in storage to make room for your summer clothes. It’s a simple task but you end up making a lot of room in your closet. While you’re at it, put away any extra blankets, you won’t be needing them.

  2. Prepare for entertaining.

    Now that the weather is nicer it’s the perfect time to clean up the yard and the outside of your home especially if you plan on entertaining. Clean off the patio furniture, clean out the gutters, and do that lawn maintenance you have been avoiding. This isn’t fun but it should be done and if you are anything like me you tend to put these things off until after the rain is gone because well, what’s the point anyway.

For you:

  1. Wear sunscreen.

    It’s good to be in the habit of putting on sunscreen every day but it is definitely needed in the summer time when the sun is more intense, and don’t forget to reapply! On a recent hike, I made the mistake of waiting too long to reapply my sunscreen and if you are pale like me, you know what a mistake that is. So please, for the sake of your skin, take those extra couple of minutes to protect it.

  2. Hydrate.

    Sometimes it’s easy to forget that your body needs more water when it’s warmer out especially when you are being more active. That’s why it’s good to carry a water bottle with you at all times and keep a tally of how many bottles you are drinking a day. On an average day you should be drinking at least 64 ounces of water, so on a hot summer day it needs to be much more than that.

  3. Plan adventures.

    It’s summer! Have some fun, go places, adventure. This isn’t really summer specific, but the nice weather makes it the ideal time to take a trip or get outdoors. Make sure you take some time for yourself and your family to spend some time in nature or travel. Do some research on events in your area and visit different travel sites and take advantage of any deals they have.

Lauren Gramlich