Time to tackle those summer jobs
Summer is the perfect time to get things done around the house. There are warmer days for faster drying paint, longer days for outdoor projects and generally more freedom to get things done around the house that weather normally disrupts.
It can be a little difficult to find motivation for those much-needed jobs in the extra heat (or torrential rain), but once the kids go back to school, you’ll be so pleased you did! See below some ideas for some jobs that you can tackle over the holidays that’ll have you feeling ready for when school starts again.
Summer is a perfect time for decluttering. We all dream of a fresh, bright and minimalistic home full of only the things we need and use regularly. If you’ve found that your home is full of ‘stuff’ you’ve been meaning to sort out, you might want to set a day aside to rummage through the cupboards to separate into piles for throwing away, recycling or selling. If you have anything of value, consider selling on eBay or at a car boot sale and putting the money towards a family outing/holiday or towards new school items like pencil cases or new shoes. Because lets face it, we all have to face the Clarks back to school visit. You might just be pleasantly surprised with how much you could make.
For larger items, or if you’re selling several items together, you may need to use a large item courier like Shiply to get them delivered safely and avoiding limiting your buyers to locals only. For everything else you cannot sell, either donate to a local charity shop or head down to a recycling centre and get those items gone for good.
Don’t let your children near the charity shop bags, they will take a sudden interest in toys they haven’t played with in two years and jigsaws that have been slightly chewed. Sneak off when they are playing with the neighbours to avoid #charityshopgate.
Redecorating or painting
A fresh lick of paint could really modernise your home and keep it feeling new. If you’re redecorating more than one room, tackle them one at a time so you’re not living in a house of empty rooms with nowhere to sleep while the paint dries. If you’ll need another pair of hands, ask friends to help out and reward them afterwards with a meal or garden bbq.
Get the family involved where you can – if the kids are a little bored, use the opportunity to get them to help you with redecorating (give them as much or as little access to the paint pot as you’d like, depending on their age!) Just remember to put plenty of old sheets down!
Try some upcycling
An affordable way of changing the look of a room could be to upcycle some furniture. If you don’t have anything lying around, try getting hold of a second hand chair or chest of drawers and let the creative juices flow! You can either make it a team project and assign different jobs to different family members, or allow them to unleash their creativity on their own piece of furniture (maybe a small stool or chair each if you’re trying it with the kids). Take a look on Pinterest or YouTube for inspiration.
Note: This is a collaborative post.