Birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and all around you the sounds of running lawn mowers are signaling that summer is right around the corner.
Meanwhile, you’re trapped inside, staring out the window longingly. This quarantine has not only changed our day-to-day lives, but now it may very well affect one of our favorite seasons! So what can we do?
We so strongly associate summer with the outdoors that we forget it’s possible to bring the summer activities we love so much into our own homes! Here’s how:
Make Summer Treats
There are certainly foods and treats that remind you of summer, like ice cream, watermelon, and BBQ burgers or hot dogs. There’s no reason to deprive yourself! Make a list of all your favorite summer treats, and then go for it! Thank goodness for grocery delivery and its ability to help us satisfy our cravings.
...And Have an Indoor Picnic
While you’re putting in all the effort to make those treats, why not take it one step further and create a picnic? Lay a blanket out on the floor, preferably in a sunny room, and enjoy your meal without worrying about ants or a sudden rainstorm!
Throw a Luau
Themed parties are another staple of summer, but you don’t need a guest list to throw one! Even if it’s just you, turning on some Hawaiian luau music, decorating with paper flowers and leis, and drinking beachy cocktails is a lot more fun than pouring a glass of wine and staring solemnly outside.
Bring the Beach to You
No, you don’t have to scatter sand all over your house, but if you’re okay with the mess then more power to you. If not, though, you can simulate the beach by putting on ambient wave noises or playing one of many beach/ocean videos on YouTube. Throw on your bikini, find a sunny spot, close your eyes, and pretty soon you won’t be able to tell the difference.
Make an Indoor Garden
A summertime favorite is gardening, and while some people can still have fun in their backyard gardens this summer, those of us with limited space aren’t so lucky. There are many ways to have a garden inside, though, even if you have little to no space! Fairy gardens, vertical wall gardens, terrariums, and hanging gardens are all perfect alternatives. You can grow moss in fairy gardens and terrariums, or vegetables in vertical and hanging gardens.
Life is about adapting, and by thinking outside the box and being a little creative, you can find ways to continue enjoying the seasons while staying safe.
We're crossing our fingers that this summer things will go back to normal and we can venture onwards with our favorite outdoor activities, but in case worse comes to worst we're relieved to know we can still enjoy the season of warmth indoors!
If you have any other ideas about how to bring summer inside, please share them in the comments below! As always, we'd like to say thank you to each one of you for supporting Modern Gents. Please continue to stay safe and take care of yourself, your loved ones, and your community.
We'll see you in our next post!