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Start of Summer Home Checklist


Spring is winding down and it’s almost the time again for kids to say goodbye to books and school bags. But before they do, and free time becomes scarcer for you, tackle some of these basic home upkeeps!


Clean out the freezer.
You’ll want plenty of room for frozen treats this summer, so it’s a good idea to make sure your freezer is free of any unwanted items. Toss anything expired, obviously, but also items older than a year (including meats and veggies).

Brighten the backyard.
Introduce new patio or deck furniture in fun colors, give the grill a thorough cleaning—anything to refresh and give your yard the feeling that summer has arrived. This is also a good opportunity to clear out the shed and bring forward any fun games or sports equipment so that it is easily accessible.

Repair and replace.
Take care of any last-minute repairs or chores that you have been waiting to do until warmer weather arrives. Whether there is a room that you’ve been meaning to paint or a mower that needs fixing, these tasks can be much harder to complete with kids running around.

Hit the grocery store.
Now that everyone in the family will likely be eating all three meals (plus snacks) at home, the few weeks before school lets out is a good time to stock up on essentials and seasonal favorites like fresh fruits and veggies. You can also take advantage of summer specials on meat to make the most of your grill.

Plan ahead.
Most kids have off for at least two months during the summer, which may seem like a lot of time for fun—if only the time didn’t go by so fast. By planning activities and trips to take ahead of time, you can ensure that the summer is well spent come September.


For more tips to make the most of your summer, visit americanlifestylemag.com/blog.