Home Ready For Spring
Now that spring has arrived, I know I’m not the only person in the mood to do some sprucing up around the house. The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and it makes me want to get my home looking fresh and clean. This is the time of year when your windows are going to be thrown open and friends who have been hibernating in their houses all winter are going to show signs of life and come over to visit. So get your house’s winter coat off and get it looking nice for spring.
Here are a few ways to get you started Home Ready For Spring
15. Have your air conditioning serviced, if necessary.
If you wait until the first hot day of the year to turn on your air conditioning and find that something isn’t working right, you may have to wait a while before a technician can come to your house. Call and ask someone to come out and take a look at your system before there’s a problem.
14. Wash the windows.
You want to be able to see outside, don’t you? Give all your windows a good washing, and blinds too, if you have them. Get rid of all that dust build up.
13. Change out linens.
Put away the quilts and down comforters in favor of lighter linens for spring. If you’re in the market to buy new linens, go for light colors, florals, or pastels, since they look great for this season.
12. Find a way to display fresh produce.
You’re going to see wonderful looking produce at the grocery store, so you might as well use it to brighten up your kitchen. Go online or to your local home goods store to find a pretty wire basket that will hold your produce and give your counters a pop of color.
11. Even better, get some fresh flowers.
The farmer’s market is a terrific place to find fresh blooms at good prices, so hit up the closest one and see what you can find. If the prices are good enough, you’ll be able to have fresh flowers in as many rooms as you like.
10. Give the front of your house some curb appeal.
You don’t have to do a lot in order to make your house look nice from the curb. Maybe a spring wreath on the door, some potted flowers, or a rustic piece of furniture that you found at an antique store. Less is more, so don’t clutter it too much.
9. Put a fresh coat of paint here and there.
A small can of paint doesn’t cost a lot, but it can have a huge impact, depending on where you place it. Paint a bright accent wall in the kitchen, or maybe give the front door a splash of color. Give the deck furniture a bright makeover — whatever you want!
8. Do some gardening.
If you absolutely hate gardening, then get away with doing as little of it as possible. Plant a few perennials and call it a day. Or get some mulch and spread it around the garden. It’s a minor thing to do that will make your garden look nice.
7. Don’t forget the yard work.
Weed the yard, rake up any dead, straggling leaves, and clear out fallen sticks. Now’s also the time to set up the sprinklers so your grass will look nice and healthy when it’s time to start mowing.
6. Clean those gutters.
You probably have plenty of gunk accumulated in your gutters. Get it all cleaned out now so the April showers don’t lead to flooding in your basement.
5. Rearrange the furniture.
You’ll work up a sweat doing it, but moving the furniture is a pretty simple way to give your house a fresh feeling of newness. Don’t plan too much. Just start pushing things around and see what you like best. You might be surprised.
4. Air out rugs, pillows, and curtains.
Get rid of that winter mustiness by taking the linens and rugs outside for a good shake or beating with a tennis racket. Just remember to stand back from all the dust that goes flying.
3. Change the batteries in your smoke detectors.
Don’t forget the carbon monoxide detector, either. You’re supposed to change the batteries and make sure everything’s working properly at least once a year. What better time than when you’re already busy getting things freshened up for spring?
2. Pressure wash the deck and patio.
Rent a power washer or borrow one from a friend so you can blast the dirt and grime from those high-traffic surfaces. You’ll be surprised how much cleaner it makes it look.
They don’t call it spring cleaning for nothing! This is a great time of year to go all-out and just clean the heck out of your home. Spread it out over the course of a few weekends, so you don’t burn yourself out. Clean everything you can think of. Scrub the showers, clean out the refrigerator, shampoo the carpet, purge the dresser,and get rid of clutter. You’ll be so pleased with yourself when you see how great your house looks once you’re done.
The good news is, you never have to spend a ton of money to get your house freshened up for spring. With little purchases here and there, and sometimes no purchase at all, you’ll have everything you need to get started. All it takes is a little planning and a lot of elbow grease. Your home will be looking magazine-perfect this spring.