As summer comes to an end, it can be easy to let the remaining time left in the season pass you by. This year, take advantage of summer’s end. Here are 20 things to do before summer ends and the hustle & bustle of summer begins.
Have an End-of-Summer Picnic
There’s no better way to end summer than by having one last picnic with friends or family. Plan a great meal, pick a great location, and make it a large-scale end of summer party. Provide some activities and games to really mark the occasion and capture the spirit of the season.
Take One Last Swim
The tail-end of summer is the perfect time to go swimming. As the heat starts to simmer and the weather begins to change, get out in the crisp air and into the cool water. Going for one last swim before the end of the summer may be just the thing to get you exhilarated and ready for the months that lie ahead.
Go On a Weekend Road Trip
Find yourself still wanting to take a trip but you don’t have the time or the resources to take another vacation? Why not take a simple weekend road trip. Go somewhere that’s close enough to home to get there and back with plenty of time to explore, but far enough away to make it feel like a genuine getaway.
The end of summer is the perfect time to get out into the woods and sleep under the stars. If you’ve already gone camping this summer, maybe try a new camping spot that you’ve never been to before. The change of scenery and quiet of nature will be just the thing to charge up your batteries for fall.
Make Some Home Upgrades
Before fall comes and you get too busy, take the opportunity to make some simple, inexpensive home upgrades. Install soft-close drawer slides, repaint some rooms, get some new appliances, or switch out your old blinds for interior shutters or blackout shades like these. Your down time may be shrinking as summer ends, but there’s still time to make some small changes in your home that will make a big difference in the long run.
Do Some End-of-Summer Cleaning
Spring cleaning is great, but your home may need some extra cleaning even more at the end of a busy summer. Take some time to do some heavy duty cleaning and get your house ready for fall and winter.
Get a Check-Up
If it’s been awhile since you’ve had a medical check-up, the end of summer is a perfect time to get it done. Make an appointment while you still have less on your mind and the time to pay the doctor a visit.
Get Your Yard Ready For Fall
There are plenty of things you can do to make sure your yard stays healthy through the fall. Lawn maintenance, for example, should happen in the fall so that your lawn can keep a strong root system for spring. Aerating may also be a good idea. Or get your garden ready for fall planting.
Get Ready For the Holidays
Once summer ends, the holidays can really sneak up on you. The last few weeks of summer might be a great time to make as many holiday preparations as you can. Start planning for thanksgiving with family. Get your decorations organized so they’re ready to be put up when the time comes. While the majority of holiday preparation has to wait until the holidays are closer, there’s still plenty you can do now to make the holiday season easier when it comes.
Organize Your Garage
If you don’t stay on top of it, the garage can become a cluttered place. By the end of summer, your garage may be suffering from all the traffic it’s been getting. Now may be a good time to re-organize your garage so it serves its purpose for the rest of the year.
Get a Tan (While You Still Can)
Never quite get around to getting that summer tan you wanted? No problem. There’s still enough time to get out in the sun and get a tan that will last you into the fall. Make a conscious effort to spend more time outdoors and participate in some outdoor recreational activities. By the time fall and winter roll around, you’ll be prepared with the sun in your skin and summer in your heart.
Guest post by author: Andy Andersen