Welcome to the Home Matters Linky Party #185! Our theme today is Summer Decorating Ideas!We’re here this week hoping to give you some inspiration for summer decorating around your home and garden – so let’s get to it! #SummerDecor #HomeMattersParty
Summer Decorating Ideas! + HM #185
I love decorating for the different seasons around my home, and I even decorated my offices for various seasonal celebrations when I worked full-time outside my home! My philosophy behind it is, life is a gift and it’s worth celebrating! So why not?! I hope you find some great ideas here in this post!
I’m coming up on one year of being out of the corporate work force and being home with my babies day in and day out, while trying to be productive around the house and running several small businesses. I’ll be perfectly honest: it’s been a HUGE adjustment for me! Mainly because I’m one of those people who MUST feel like something has been accomplished. If I can’t feel that way, then I pretty much feel like I have failed at the day.
For women, managing their home and work never seems to end. Working, cooking, cleaning and every other job come, again and again, in a cycle. This continuous routine can make you feel bored. The lack of productivity creates a sense of irritation when every household responsibility comes to your shoulder. A productive day means that you do things that seem important to you and give you pleasure. It is possible if you can balance your daily responsibilities and find some free time for yourself. Otherwise, your life can start seeming unproductive and annoying to you, which is not a dream of anyone.
Here are some exceptional tips to make your day productive at home.
Give yourself a purpose
You can start your day with a list. Include everything you want to accomplish on that day. You can add daily responsibilities and other goals such as reading a few pages of your favorite book. Every time you finish a job, keep checking the boxes on your list. This way you will feel more satisfied with your day. You will start appreciating your ability to complete tasks that you assign to yourself.
I think the biggest renovation project we have coming up (and when I say coming up, I mean over the next few years!) is our floors.
When we purchased this house, the seller agreed to have new carpet installed upon his departure. Carpet, you say? With all the fabulous hard flooring options these days? Well, yes, carpet, because, at the time, we had two babies who were becoming VERY mobile, and we didn’t want them learning to walk and having nowhere to fall but on very hard wood and tile floors. We thought carpet was really the best option at the time. That was probably the right decision THEN…but nevertheless, within the next few years we’ll be installing wood floors throughout!
Embarking on a renovation project can be exciting, challenging, and rewarding all at the same time. However, there are several things that are a must on any good reno revitalization. The last thing you want is to get halfway through, or worse still, to the end, and realize you left something out. If you aren’t sure how to get the most out of your renovation project, then consider these simple tips.
Find ways to make the most of what you’ve got
One of the main reasons people take on renovation projects is a want to do more with what you’ve got. Unfortunately, sometimes what you’ve got isn’t much, so it is crucial to make the most of what you are working with. Sectional garage doors are a fantastic example of this.
By the time the twins are in bed for the night, no matter what has happened throughout the day, I AM TIRED. Can I get an “amen”?! I tell my husband all the time, “These girls STOLE all my energy from me when I birthed them and they won’t GIVE IT BACK!!!”
I’ve decided that children are masters at exhausting their parents. There’s not much downtime for you and your partner during the early stages of infancy. The cries of your newborn at two in the morning keep your nerves on edge and ruin your rest, but I’ve also decided that it’s all worth it in the end. The rewards of raising a child outweigh the late nights and disturbed sleep.
Although raising a child IS a fulfilling experience, it comes at a cost to your health and well-being. Feeling exhausted all the time is no way to live life. There will be days where you feel like a walking zombie, fatigued to the point of barely being able to stand up, or keep your eyes open.
Summer is just a few weeks away and during the winter and spring seasons, your home’s interior and exterior have taken a beating. From dingy and damaged siding to dusty windows and an overworked HVAC system, there’s a lot that needs to be done. Now that the temperatures are right, it’s time to get up and restore your home. (And if you’re in Florida, like we are, that means getting it all done and squared away before a hurricane bears down upon us!) So, when it comes to tackling a long list of home maintenance projects, here are a few you don’t want to overlook:
With the summer comes hot and hazy days. If you have a central air conditioning system, now is the time to have it serviced. You don’t want to wait until the temperatures are high to find out that your system isn’t working properly. Checking hoses and fans, as well as cleaning vents and hoses, is crucial to ensuring your air conditioner is as efficient as possible when you need it most.
Call the Exterminator
Insects and pests tend to go into hiding when the weather is cold and unpredictable. The warm weather, however, will draw them back out. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to spot ants, spiders, mice, or cockroaches in the summer. To prevent an infestation, you’ll need to hire local pest control services. Companies like Moxie Pest Control, an exterminator Tucson residents love, offers safe methods for getting rid of and preventing the common household pest from entering your house.