Add some of these pledges to your backyard to-do list and have more fun outside this summer.
2. I will encourage outdoor showers. If you have an outdoor shower, summer is the time to put it to good use — for rinsing off chlorine and sand, of course, but also (provided there’s enough privacy) for taking the place of some everyday showers. Outdoor showers require less cleaning than their indoor counterparts, and who isn’t up for less cleaning?
3. I will put up hooks for hanging beach towels. When there’s a clear spot for storing towels, they’re a lot more likely to end up there. A row of sturdy hooks outside is ideal for handling damp, sandy towels — so they don’t end up piled on the carpet inside.
4. I will spend more time looking at my garden than staring at my phone.Between smartphones, laptops, e-readers and TVs, our eyes are focused on short-range targets much of the day (and night). Give your eyes a break this summer by intentionally putting down your devices and gazing out at the scenery instead. Simply observing your garden quiets the mind and feeds the soul — plus, the observant gardener is more likely to catch little problems (like pests or mildew) before they turn into big problems.
7. I will grill all things. For many people, summer means one thing: dinner on the grill. Give your grill a tuneup, then start planning those meals. And don’t forget, grills aren’t made for meat alone — veggies and even fruit (grilled peaches with ice cream, I’m looking at you) are better when cooked over the fire.