Is your home ready for July?

Is your home ready for July?

Can you believe that it's already July? Now that we are well into summer, it's time to focus on those home improvement projects that we couldn't tackle during the colder weather. Likewise, it's also time to spruce up and brighten your home's interior in order to celebrate this cheerful season. Here are a few helpful tips for getting your home in great shape during the month of July.

  • Be hospitable: "If you are expecting summer visitors, now is a good time to get the guest room in order," suggests Houzz.com contributor Laura Gaskill. "Clear away personal items and clutter, and make sure there are fresh sheets, extra blankets, window coverings and bath towels. Perks like a basket of travel-size toiletries, fun paperback books, local maps, bottles of water and chocolates are always welcome."
  • Host a yard sale: Even though it's summer, you may still be wrapping up your spring cleaning tasks. Are you wondering what to do with all of the clutter you've accumulated? Hosting a yard sale is a great way to get rid of any excess junk. As the saying goes, one person's trash is another person's treasure.
  • Save energy: July is a hot month, no matter where you live. Since you'll be running the A.C. or turning on fans frequently during this month, your electric bills can skyrocket. The good news is that you can save money on your bills by investing in custom window coverings. Block out the sun with heavy drapes or shades and keep the cool air in.
  • Spruce up your deck or patio: You'll probably be spending a lot of time outside this season. Spruce up your deck or patio by investing in new outdoor furniture that is both comfortable and waterproof. Then embellish this area with greenery and bug-free candles. 
  • Tend to your garden: There's nothing better than making a salad with fresh vegetables from your very own garden. Even if you don't have a green thumb, you can still try planting tomatoes or basil in your backyard. Just make sure to keep these items free from bugs and other pests. Gaskill recommends draping your flower garden with bird cloth, which is made of light plastic mesh. Drape it over the plants you want to protect from critters.

For more home improvement tips, be sure to follow our blog or contact Metropolitan Window Fashions. Our expert home design consultants can help you find the right custom curtains, drapes, blinds or shades, which will not only look stylish, but can also help cut down on cooling costs this summer!