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Use summertime wisely for home projects, enjoyable activities

Summer can be a great time to attack nagging projects that have been tabled for months or to devise new ones. We tend to have more time and energy without any of the interruptions of the school year, holidays and other obligations. So, pour yourself some lemonade and get your organizing on.

Do what you enjoy most

Summer is definitely my favorite time of the year. I love the laid-back feel and having the extra time with friends and family. If, like me, it's your favorite time of the year, maximize it by being organized and doing the things that you enjoy most. Figure out ahead of time how you want to spend your months. Do you want to take a vacation or spend time getting to know your own area a little bit better? Plan ahead to find out activities and events that are going on that you might want to attend. It goes so quickly, so I like to be ahead of the game.


Top 3 projects for summer

Say cheese. If you still haven't downloaded your pictures from Christmas, it's time to dig up your power cord. Set aside some time and organize your pictures in your computer or make albums with your photos. If you have children, this is a great project to do with them on a rainy day. It's a fun way to reminisce about the year before it all starts over when school resumes in the fall and the holidays creep up again.

Build in healthy habits. Forget New Year's resolutions. They really should be summer resolutions. After all, this is the time of year when the sunlight lasts the longest, making it much easier to fit in after-work exercise or a post-dinner walk. Fresh produce is also abundant, so eating more fruits and vegetables is easier and more enjoyable. You don't necessarily need to revamp your whole lifestyle; start by adding in a little more exercise or by cooking more at home with farm-fresh produce and go from there.

Prepare for summer's wrath. It's easy to forget that while summer is a great time of the year, it can also wreak havoc in the form of hurricanes, tornadoes, flash floods and fires. Remember the not-so-nice side of summer by prepping your family for an emergency. Make sure your insurance is up to date and covers your needs, and prepare an emergency plan. Visit for advice on setting up your action plan.

Maximize the extra time

New Year's and back-to-school times tend to be when most people think of getting organized and starting something new, but summer is actually a great time to undertake organizational projects. Even if you no longer attend elementary school and get three whole months off, summer still tends to be a slower time of the year at work and home. More people are on vacation, so there tend to be fewer social obligations. The extra hours of sunlight and gentler pace give us more energy and time to get things accomplished, so it's perfect for finally cleaning out the garage or figuring out what to do with that box of documents gathering dust in the crawl space.


Use summertime wisely for home projects, enjoyable activities 06/13/10 [Last modified: Sunday, June 13, 2010 10:45pm]
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