January 12, 2016

Hot weather has finally arrived in Sydney; BBQ’s are being dusted off and swimmers are emerging out of the back of wardrobes. It’s that time of year to shed some layers and take time to relax against the backdrop of a hot summer evening.
This can only be done, though, if you clear the space around you of anything that is collecting spider webs and causing clutter. A clear mind can be achieved through a clean house that is free of unused stuff.

So first things first, take advantage of those council cleanups that you haven’t yet used and take a bit of time to do a sweep up of anything that you no longer need or want.

It can sometimes be difficult to say goodbye to that pile of your favourite cooking magazines, or those books that you curled up with during winter. However, if you consider donating these items to those less fortunate, you’ll not only be bringing light into their lives but will also be doing so for yourself. You’ll have heaps more space that you can use to put your feet up and, yes, add any summer reading that you’re looking forward to catching up on.

Once you’ve cleared your home you can now chose to rearrange and revitalise both the inside and outside of your home.

First, try adding leafy green plants as this can help you feel connected to the summery outdoors. Some easy-care plants include peace lilies, succulents, orchids, and fresh herbs. By adding some greenery your home will feel fresh and warm after your big cleanup.

Next, try adding a few summer colours, such as mint, pastel pink, cream, or yellow, into your house that reflect the changing seasons. You can simply change your linens or towels or you can go all out and replace your cushions, rugs, curtains, vases – anything that suits your budget and that you see needs a fresh new look. Ensure that you keep your winter additions in storage for when the colder months hit.

This change will not only reinvigorate you and the space around you, but it will also make your house ready to fit to any particular season or mood that arrives.

Lastly, now that the inside of your home is light and breezy, you can now create an amazing alfresco space in your outdoors area. During summer you’ll want to spend as much time as possible outside so no matter the size or layout of your backyard, porch, or balcony, you can make a few additions that speak of that summer touch. Try adding elegant wicker chairs, fresh, patterned cushions, or some useful sun protection such as a marquee dressed with fairy lights.

No matter what your style, you can recreate it for the summer months. Once you have a clutter-free space to use, your imagination can spring to life just like a flower in bloom under the warm summer sun.