How to Get Your Home Ready for Spring
With nature finally waking up and everything going green, it’s only natural that you want your home woken up and refreshed as well. Thorough spring cleaning aside, do you feel like your home is dull and uninspiring? If you’re looking for different ways to bring some of that spring spirit inside, we offer you several easy and effective tips which will make your home ready for this wonderful season.
What’s in your closet?
With the seasons changing and weather becoming warmer and sunnier, this might be the perfect moment for a closet purge. Swap your winter wardrobe for flowy spring pieces, and decide which items you don’t want to wear anymore. The task is anything but easy, but it still has to be done if you’d like to keep some space in your closet for new clothes. Take three big boxes and label them as ‘donation’, ‘throw away’, and ‘pack away’ and in them place all your clothes. This might be the perfect spring for you to lose some wardrobe weight and you should declutter your closet once and for all, not to mention that it’ll be easier for you to pick your clothes in the morning.
Your windows could really use a good scrub inside and out, and if you have fireplaces you have been using over the winter, clean them out too. Emergency systems should be tested as well, which means that you should see if your home alarm, smoke alarm, fire extinguisher, and carbon monoxide alarms are all working properly. Don’t forget your doors – polish the hinges and knobs and restore the luster of your front door. If you have long lasting timber doors, you will clean them up in no time – they are very low-maintenance. When you finish polishing, buy a new welcome mat and check if the doorbell works.
Outside’s important too
Over the winter your hoses and all your gardening tools have been very idle. It’s time you take them out and inspect them. Tighten the screws and if your hose is leaky try to fix it or simply buy a new one. Mow your lawn and, if you live in an area with few rainy days, start watering it so it can stay fresh. If you haven’t already, rake away dry leaves and twigs as well as the debris from plant beds, sidewalks, and surrounding areas. Use pressure wash on your concrete paver areas which have inevitably become dirty, and power wash brick walls of your shed as well as vinyl siding and walls of your home if need be.
Check your gutters and downspouts
As if the buildup of ice and snow weren’t enough, spring rains will leave their mark on downspouts and gutters. Make sure nothing has come loose or detached from the house; fortunately, this can be done from the ground. Take out the ladder from your shed or garage and check for any clogs. See if water is making its way out of the downspouts and that it stays away from your foundation. Pay attention to your chimney and the shingles on your roof while you’re already up there because this is the easiest way to see if there is any damage.
If you feel like your house is stuck with winter blues, spring freshening is just what you need. Don’t skip anything and be thorough – starting from the basement all the way to the roof and back yard, even the smallest changes can make a big difference. Take out your kitchen gloves, put on some old working clothes, play loud music and freshen up your home step-by-step.