Happy Memorial Day, the Start of Summer!

“Summertime ... and the living is easy .... 
– George Gershwin

Memorial Day marks the start of summer, and warmer weather requires some special organizing projects. Here are a few thoughts for the season ahead. 

•  Start by making a jar of icy fruit tea. Adding limes or fresh mint will energize you.

•  Pack winter clothes into cotton garment bags or storage bins with cedar blocks or lavender sachets. Many dry cleaners store coats for the summer.

•  Lighten the ambience. Wash your windows, install screens and open the windows to allow fresh air inside.  

•  Change the filters in your air conditioner and clean fans so you're not blowing dust around. 

•  Plants also clean the air. Keep them vibrant with weekly watering and pruning.

•  Fresh flowers bring the summer in. Change the water frequently and toss when they become tired.

•  Pick up fresh sunscreen recommended by your dermatologist. Even if you're not on the beach it's required for walks outdoors, or even near a sunny window. 

• When you leave the house, close the shades or curtains to prevent artwork and furniture from fading. It also keeps the house cool.

• Outfit a travel toiletry kit with your favorite summer products. You'll be ready for an overnight at a moment's notice.

• For those who love outdoor activities in the city, concerts or simply enjoying a sunset picnic in the park, stock a basket with a blanket, wine tumblers and silverware. Just because you're having Beaujolais and Brie outdoors, doesn't mean you have to dine with plastic. An elegant picnic is fun and very European.

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Happy summer!