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Your Spring Home Checklist

It’s that time of the year again- a time to start fresh, and to leave the dullness and drear of winter behind. Spring forward with these tips for your home.

  • Plan your garden and landscaping out, and move forward with it
  • Inspect your home’s exterior for any winter damage that could have occurred
  • Clean your windows on both the insides and the outsides
  • Clean your home’s entryways. Brighten up your front doorway by replacing or cleaning your welcome mat/s and your door and porch decorations. On the interior, de-clutter, put away any winter coats or apparel hanging up, sweep, dust, etc. Also, remember the hall closet!
  • Clean your kitchen extra well. Be sure to wipe down those places you might normally neglect, like appliances, the backsplash, and on both the insides and the outsides of cabinets. Also, vacuum under the refrigerator, and in every inch of closets and the pantry
  • Go through your pantry and cabinets and check the expiration dates. Toss the food that’s expired, and donate what you know you won’t eat. Also, get rid of those appliances you never make use of
  • Go through your whole wardrobe and divide the things you actually wear from those that you don’t. Sort out your things into what you want to donate or sell, and what you want to save. A good rule of thumb is that if you haven’t used or worn it in a year or more, you probably won’t miss it. An easy way to divide up what you use from what you don’t is to have a container in your closet you can drop clothes into to donate; you can also start the year out by turning your clothes hangers to face one direction, and each time you wear an item, turn the hanger around. What’s left unworn and un-turned at the end of the year is what you should donate.
  • Sort out your paperwork. This includes magazines, mail, coupons, documents, etc. Use a shredder to get rid of what you don’t need. Organize the rest with a filing cabinet, filing boxes, or something of the like.
  • Swap out your heavy drapes and curtains for something more airy and light. Spring is a great time to let light and a breeze into your home. This will also give you a chance to clean your heavier curtains while they’re down.
  • Clean pillows, slipcovers, rugs, and curtains. Just check the directions first!
  • Swap out bedding for something lighter-weight, if necessary.
  • If you have any dark features in your room like artwork or pillows, consider replacing them with something lighter (at least for a few months!)
  •  Add some mirrors and other sparkly décor to add light to a room.
  • Have some houseplants in various rooms. Greenery and new life is one of the main indicators of spring, so why not add some “spring” indoors?
  • Get your HVAC checked. Specifically before you turn on your air for the first time, if you can help it. Or at least replace the filter.
  • Clean patio furniture. Hose them off, scrub them down, and launder washable pillows/pillowcovers
  • Tune up your landscaping tools. This includes the lawnmower, weed-whacker, etc.
  • If you’ve moved for business in the past year, be sure to check out all the possible tax deductions you can make.

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