Summer is here and with it come parties, al fresco lunches, and sunbathing in the garden. Of course, all of this takes preparation, so here’s our June checklist to get ready for summer fun!

Turn your spare room into a haven

People often have more guests to stay during the summer months. Why not make their stay extra pleasant by adding those all-important little touches to your spare bedroom. Clear away any clutter, leaving plenty of room for guests’ bags, clothes and toiletries. Add an air freshener and some fresh flowers to make it a welcoming place to lay their head.

Put together a picnic basket

Be prepared for those spur-of-the-moment days out by pre-packing a picnic hamper. Be sure to include a blanket to sit on, plastic glasses, plates and cutlery, and serviettes. And don’t forget the bottle opener! Then when the sun comes out and you’re ready to go, all you’ll need to add is food!

Clear out the garage or shed

We all gather clutter throughout the year and garages and sheds are quick and easy places to hide things when we no longer have any use for them. Use a Saturday to declutter and sweep up. This is a great one to get the whole family involved in because if you have kids, you can guarantee at least half of it will be theirs!

Wash upholstery

Curtains, carpets, rugs and sofa covers are easily forgotten when it comes to doing the laundry. Wash or steam clean them and then take advantage of the warm weather, which will help the thick materials to dry faster.

Clean the patio or decking

You’ll be surprised by how much dirt builds up on your outside flooring. Use a pressure washer if you can get hold of one, or just do it the old fashioned way, using a bucket of water and a scrubbing brush. Your outside space will have a new lease of life in no time!

Catch up on your gardening

You’ll be spending a lot more time in the garden over the summer months so you’ll want it looking as pretty as possible! Keep the lawn trimmed, dig out those weeds, and plant some new shoots. You could even treat your lawn to a few new gnomes or a bird-feeder, jus to liven things up a bit!

Repaint exterior walls

With less chance of rain in the summer, when better to touch up your exterior paintwork? Now’s the time to repaint the outside of the house, garden fences, the shed, and paintwork, such as doors and window frames. You could simply retouch existing colours, or choose bright new hues to liven up your home. And the warm weather will speed up drying times, too!

Stock up on summer supplies

Along with the sun, summer also brings an array of little annoyances, like bees and mosquitoes. Make sure your home is prepared by stocking up on summer items like sun-cream, fly swatters, anti-histamine cream and after-sun lotion.

Clean and flip the mattresses

We average almost 3000 hours sleeping each year so it makes sense to keep our beds clean and comfy! Run the vacuum over all of the mattresses in the house, then deodorise by sprinkling baking soda over them. Leave for a couple of hours, then hoover up. Leave to air for the rest of the day, then flip over before remaking the beds.

Clean the barbeque

Get ready for those impromptu summer gatherings by scrubbing the barbeque clean. Soften dirt first with a steam cleaner if you have one, then use a scrubbing brush or scraper to clean off the bigger bits of dirt. Then use a sponge and soapy water to wash the final bits of grease.

Hose down your garden furniture

Rain residue and spiders’ webs build up over the rest of the year so freshen up your garden furniture ready for summer. For plastic furniture, a simple hose down might do the trick, or you can use a cloth and soapy water. For wicker, run the vacuum cleaner over the chairs, getting into all of the cracks and crevices.

Check your smoke alarms

Now’s as good a time as any to check that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly. Gently hoover the smoke alarm to remove dust, and change the batteries. Most detectors have a test function button you can use, too.

Clean out the bins

Emptying the rubbish regularly won’t stop the smells from lingering! And unpleasant smells will only get worse in the warm weather. Wash out with warm, soapy water. Or to really deodorise, mix water with baking soda and slosh around for a few minutes before rinsing.