To-Dos: Your Summer Checklist

Make sure your home is safe while you’re away.  Whether you’re going away for the weekend or the entire summer, it pays to take a few precautions before leaving your house empty. Having a house sitter or neighbour come by regularly is helpful not only to keep your home looking lived in, but also to check for anything that might go wrong (like a leak that could cause major water damage).  Suspending your mail service, motion-sensing exterior lights, well-trimmed trees and bushes, and alarm systems can also help deter intruders.

Refresh your guest bedroom.  If you are expecting summer visitors, now is a good time to get the guest room in order. 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.

De-clutter and host a yard sale. Lighten up this summer by spending a day clearing unwanted and unneeded items out of the house. Host a yard sale and use the cash to treat yourself to a fun, summery experience (like a day at Wonderland or the Golf Course) rather than more stuff to clutter up your home.

Cut energy and water bills. A hot summer can mean huge water and energy bills, thanks to constant air conditioning and a thirsty garden. Do what you can to cut down:

  • Fix leaks in faucets and irrigation systems.
  • Water your garden in the early morning or evening, when you will lose less water to evaporation.
  • Consider collecting rainwater to use in the garden.
  • Turn off the A/C or increase the temperature a little when you are not home. 
  • Keep window shades pulled down during the day to block sun/heat.
  • Use fans and open windows instead of air conditioning to cool your home on not-so-hot days.

Sort and toss old toiletries and medications. Streamline your bathroom cupboards and medicine cabinets by tossing out products that you no longer use or are past their expiration date. If you do have old medications (whether or not they are expired), it is best to get rid of them. Ask your local pharmacy if it takes back medications, and check the label. Take stock of your first-aid kits and note any items that need replenishing.

Protect your garden. Protect your favourite flowerbeds, garden plants and berries from nibbling rabbits and pecking birds with bird cloth. Inexpensive and easy to use, bird cloth is made of a fine plastic mesh — simply drape it over any plants you wish to protect. 

Savor the outdoors. Go for a hike on one of Toronto's many trails, jump in a lake, grill it up in the backyard, roast marshmallows over the fire, savor an ice cream cone or hit one of the many new patios in the city. In summer the simplest pleasures are often the best.


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