The weather has started to warm up, and I can smell the sweet scent of blossoms on the gentle breeze that blows through my bedroom window this afternoon. This all means one thing to me, Summer is almost here. I don’t mind telling you that Summer is not my favourite season, I personally prefer Autumn, but Summer does have it’s benefits. It’s that season when people travel more and are generally more social, and I do love a good excuse to have a barbeque. Ash and I have a few parties planned for the warmer months this year, so I’ve outlined my plan for getting our home ready. 


Last year I decided to fore-go pest control to save money, by mid-Summer we had wasp nests, spiders and a mouse had found it’s way into our garage. It didn’t take me long to realise that skimping on the pest control was not the wisest of decisions. This year, we have booked our pest control guy to arrive just before the weather starts to really heat up. We like to use a provider who uses non-toxic chemicals, and we have him spray our garage and everything outside. Inside our home, I use plug-in devices and a deterrent spray I make myself at home.


I like to be comfortable during the hotter months, and part of being comfortable for me is having a space I can escape the heat and just relax. That’s why I like to have an air conditioning specialist give my air-con unit a service before the warmer weather kicks in. I would hate to find out in the middle of a heat wave that there was a problem.


If you live in the city, you probably won’t need to consider this point too much. However, we live in a rural community and a fire safety plan is vital. Our local community has had two major bush fire emergencies in the last 8 months, and it has made me even more aware of how real this danger is. Having a fire plan in place ensures that our family knows exactly what to do if fire threatens our home, and what actions to take to make sure we are safe.


I love a clean, organised home, and I get great satisfaction in cleaning out the stuff that we no longer use or need. Giving your home a “deep clean” before a new season not only gives you a chance to declutter your space, but you’ll also notice smaller maintenance issues you may normally miss, and you might even make a few extra dollars selling that stuff you no longer need.

Got a few tips you could add to my list? Share them in the comments below.

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