The flowers are in-bloom, the BBQ is fired up and your social calendar is booked with one backyard party after another. Make the most of the season with these simple suggestions!
1 Clean the BBQ
Often neglected, the BBQ can be a breeding ground for bacteria and waste. Depending on how often it gets used, your grill should be cleaned every time you cook on it and come July, it's in major need of some TLC. Roll up your sleeves and grab a steel wire brush to work out all the grease and food particles that reside in the grates, under the burners and on the lid. The best tip? Clean right after you've used the BBQ when it is still midly warm. It will make your life a lot easier! Click to read our list of great grilling wines.
2 Indulge in fresh foliage
Time to take advantage of all that pre-season gardening you did in March! Stroll through your garden and pick flowers for a beautiful arrangement in your home. Since you will be saving on the expense of purchasing in a flower shop, adorn every room with some of your favourite blooms.
3 Bring summer in
If you skipped out on spring cleaning this year -- as we all tend to do from time to time! -- clean the windows in your home. Don't try to do it on your own or else it will be September before you know it. Invest in a professional service for a one-day stint. You'll be amazed at the results.
4 Lighten up
Canadian summers means heat and humidity, so contemplate making minor changes to your decor that will make your surroundings more comfortable. Change your bed linens from winter flannels to airy cotton blends or silks. Do your duty for the environment and give the air conditioning a break by buying a few stylish fans to place in and around your house.
5 Camp out
Whether you have a family or are part of a cozy couple, take a mini-vacation ... in your own backyard. Pitch a tent, grab your sleeping bags and light your tiki torches. Summer only lasts three months so enjoy the environment around you and take advantage of sleeping under the stars!