From farmer’s markets to pool parties, now is the time to get out and enjoy a world in bloom. But if you’re anything like us, by halfway through the summer that bloom can turn into a “bleh.” From heaps of grass-stained laundry, to produce-crammed fridges and coffee mugs of wilting summertime flowers, it’s easy to let chores slip when the summertime state of mind takes hold.
Here our 5 favorite home projects to get you through the midsummer slump, and bring your house to life.
Flowers for Every Room
We love the flower market in summer. But picking the perfect blooms means nothing if you (like us) are totally stumped when it comes time to arrange them. Try these three DIY arrangement recipes from top floral designers, care of Architectural Digest, including our favorite — a wild, farm-inspired look packed with greenery.
If you have high stakes arrangement needs this summer — hint: wedding bouquets — it might be time to call in the experts. But before you decide, check out PureWow’s guide for what it costs to hire a wedding florist in your state.
The Secret to Keeping Bugs at Bay
In short: screens. Sure, bug spray works, and there’s no reason to stop using citronella candles at your patio parties this summer, but nothing beats literally blocking bugs than a hardy screen door.
If you want to install that screen yourself, Realtor.com has this easy 7-step DIY guide to get you on your way, including helpful tips from Thumbtack contractor Josh Downing. One common mistake to avoid: before you order your perfect screen door, make sure the hinges are on the same side as your entryway.
Keep an Eye on Laundry, One Drawer at a Time
It’s easy to get loose about laundry when the weather’s hot and you’re changing every few hours to keep the sweat off. According to Domino the answer doesn’t start in your hamper, but in your drawers. To explain how, Domino interviewed Anna Bauer, a Brooklyn-based organization expert and Thumbtack Top Pro.
According to Anna, keeping track of your laundry status starts by folding your clothes the right way—like paper files, with the fold of each shirt facing up when you open the drawer. It keeps your drawers neat while giving you a good idea of just how much clean clothing you’ve gone through as your “files” thin.
Freshen Your Fridge
There’s nothing like a summer farmer’s market. The stands are lined with produce in colors and shapes we’ve never seen before (Kohlrabi and chioggia beets? Why not!) and a few hours later, so is our fridge. But with bounty comes waste, and few of us are immune to the stacks of wilting greens and overly-ripe fruit that collect in the back of the vegetable crisper a week or two later.
That’s why we love Real Simple’s 10-point plan for keeping refrigerator contents fresh in peak produce season. One tip we couldn’t live without? Most of us store juice in the door of the fridge—and if the juice is pasteurized, we’re spot on. But if the juice is fresh (and will expire sooner), move it from the door to the bottom shelf where it’s in eyeline and top of mind.
In need of ideas for that endless list of friends and family members with summertime birthdays? See Top Pro Elena Seeger’s tips for making a gift bouquet you can feel really good about.