Open those shutters and start packing away your winter clothing—spring is just around the corner! After months of hibernating inside from the cold, it’s time to prepare your home for a new season. Here are some simple ways to start preparing your home for spring:
Get the mould out: with increased time indoor and using your furniture more frequently, bacteria and moulds have been multiplying in your carpets and upholstery all winter long. It’s time to give all your fabrics a good shampoo to get rid of all the bacteria, before the weather gets wet and rainy as moisture helps moulds grow faster. Also, take a good look around your windows for fuzzy black growth; scrub down with an unscented detergent, then dry quickly. Also give your fridge a good wipe-down, throw away spoiled foods, and clean up any signs of mildew along the seals.
A breath of fresh air: after blasting heat though your home all winter, it’s time to clean out or replace your air filter. If your filter is especially dirty it may be time to get your air ducts professionally cleaned. Check your return air filters and heating vents with a flashlight for dust and be aware of any unpleasant odours, poor airflow or cold spots in your house—all are signs you need your air ducts cleaned.
Indulge in a new armoire: it’s much more fun to pack away your winter clothing when you have a pretty new armoire to place them in! The extra storage space can also house other winter materials you don’t need until next winter. Also, consider donating anything you didn’t wear this winter. This allows your closets to have more space for spring and summer clothing.
A fresh start with flowers: get into spring with potted pink tulips, yellow daffodils, purple irises, or white lilies. Even if the weather is still wintery outside, you’re reminded that soon this beautiful flowers with soon be sprouting in your garden.
Paint: a hot paint trend is to mix pastels with darker neutrals. Give your home a splash of pretty spring colour on an accent wall, in the kitchen, or create a colourful trim in a dull-looking room.
Vacuum out your fire alarm: dust will accumulate inside your smoke detector, causing it to give a false alarm. After checking the battery this month, take the top off and vacuum the inside with the drapery-cleaning attachment. Remember, batteries should be replaced once per year and the detector itself needs replacing every 10 years.
Get ready, green thumbs!: before the first real thaw comes, make sure your gardening tools are in working order. Grease up any stiff cutting tools; check screws or bolts on handles to ensure they’re secure and replace anything that rusted over the winter. Have power tools serviced and replace old blades or chains with sharp ones. And go ahead—indulge in a cool new gardening tool to get you excited for the upcoming season!
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