When it comes to decorating your home, it can quickly become overwhelming if you try to do it all at once. Breaking it down into projects, rooms, or stages cuts down on the stress and helps you stay focused on the task at hand so you not only enjoy it more, but the results are better, too.
With this in mind, I thought it might be helpful if I provided some ideas for a handful of things to focus on each month. These ideas are simple but can have a big impact on your environment, such as small maintenance tasks and decorating projects. Who knows, one of them might spark some inspiration for another project and before you know it, you’re on a roll.
Even if you just want to keep things fresh and maintained, these monthly checklists will offer some ideas and inspiration.
Since the summer season has officially started, the July home decor checklist is all about freshening up your outdoor spaces to make them more beautiful, welcoming, and enjoyable.
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JULY HOME DECOR CHECKLIST
Clean (and update) your outdoor lighting.
This is the prime time to check out your outdoor lighting situation. Are there any ways you could improve it? Hanging an outdoor chandelier over your front door, adding lanterns around your garage door, or stringing market lights over your patio are some easy ways to add more style and ambiance to your outdoor spaces.
If you already have lighting outside (such as around your front door and outdoor living space), then check to see if any of the bulbs need to be changed and clean them up. Here’s a quick step-by-step checklist for outdoor lighting maintenance:
- First, make sure the power is turned off to the light and the bulb is cooled.
- If you can remove the cover from the fixture, wash with warm water and a gentle dish soap. If it can’t be removed, wipe it down with a damp cloth.
- Gently wipe the lightbulb with a dry cloth.
- Wipe down the fixture to remove dirt and dust.
- Replace any light bulbs that no longer work.
Spruce up your front entryway.
Have you walked up to your front entryway lately and taken an objective look at it from a guest’s point of view? It may be time to freshen it up a bit and add some flair to it to elevate the first impression. Here are some ideas:
- Give it a good cleaning by pressure washing and dusting away any cobwebs and bugs.
- Get a new doormat to welcome guests and express your style from the get-go.
- Paint your front door, either to freshen up the current color or give it a new look. The front door is a great place to add bold color.
- Add a wreath and fresh, colorful flowers in pretty pots to give it some life.
- Update the house numbers by painting the current ones or buying new ones.
- Hang a general flag or if you’re in the U.S., you could celebrate the Fourth of July by hanging the national flag.
Make your outdoor space feel as comfortable as your indoor spaces.
When setting up an outdoor space, approach it the same way you do an indoor room. There is a lot of great outdoor decor on the market with weather-friendly materials that look exactly like indoor furniture and accessories, so you can make it super stylish and comfortable.
- Choose a focal point or create one, such as an outdoor fireplace or seating area.
- Define a seating area (or multiple conversation areas) with a rug.
- Bring in extra tables and seating for more comfortable entertaining.
- Add lighting such as lanterns, string lights, and chandeliers.
- Add pillows, accessories, plants,and outdoor artwork to give it charm and comfort.
- Hang outdoor curtains for shade, privacy, and extra style.
Clean your windows inside and out.
Nobody likes cleaning windows but the truth is, keeping them clean makes a big difference. You don’t realize how much of a difference it makes until you do it. They make your home look more polished and allow more light in.
- Rinse the windows with glass cleaner or a mixture of vinegar and water, then squeegee or wipe the glass with a microfiber cloth.
- For hard to reach windows, they make outdoor window sprayers that attach to your garden hose and make it much easier to get them clean. Just spray, rinse, and let them air dry.
- Check your screens for holes and repair them, including your porch screens.
I hope the July home decor checklist gave you some ideas. Even if you just tackle one, you’ll appreciate the difference it makes.
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