After you’ve been cooped up inside all winter long dealing with the frigid cold temperatures, you’ll welcome spring with open arms. After all, you’ll finally be able to open windows, host outdoor parties, and just move around more often. But since your home has been as stagnant as you’ve been during the winter, it will likely need a little TLC in order to be ready for the warmer weather. Check out these tips to help get your home ready for spring.
Get rid of the clutter.
They call it spring cleaning for a reason, and you need to get rid of all the clutter that has built up in your home over the last few months. Go through closets, basements, attics, and every room and get rid of the things you don’t need or want anymore. Aside from just looking for things to throw out or things to donate, you should also use this as a time to see if you should make decorating changes inside the home. For instance, should you replace clunky furniture with something simpler? Or should you just move furniture around to make it seem like a new space? Getting rid of all the clutter now will keep your home more organized during the season when you’re busier than ever.
Let in the light.
Spring means more daylight, and you should take advantage of this by letting in the light. Open blinds and curtains to bring more natural light into your home. Then, be sure to clean the windows so you get a great view. You’ll also want to open the windows and clean the frames, as grime and gunk typically builds up inside during the winter. And if your windows could use a little makeover, now is the time to do it. “Choosing long curtains and hanging them closer to the ceiling will give the appearance the room is much bigger in size,” says Bouclair’s Peter Goldberg. Use this time to create more light and more appeal in your space.
Clean up the outside.
The outside of your home has dealt with brutal weather for the past few months, so you’ll need to take some time to clean up the outside. This means cleaning up dead leaves that may have been missed during the fall, fixing any exterior issues that may have been broken, and fixing up your landscaping. All of this will give your home some impressive curb appeal and make your home ready for all those outdoor events you’ll host this spring. And if there are any bigger projects you want to do around the outside, such as putting in a pool or building a deck, the spring is a great time to do it before the weather gets too hot.
Clean your gutters.
Your gutters serve a very big purpose for the functionality of your home, and the winter months can mean a lot of items have built up inside those gutters. When the weather is warmer, take the time to get on the roof and clean the gutters out. This way, when April’s showers start to hit, you know your gutters will be working properly to keep water from entering your home.
Clean outdoor furniture.
If you have furniture or a grill in your yard, spring is the time to clean that furniture off and get it ready to be used again. Depending on what material the furniture is made out of, you may be able to just wipe it down with a wet rag. However, if your furniture has material that can be washed, putting it in the washing machine could be a better option. Once all your outdoor furniture is clean, you’ll be one step closer to enjoying your time outdoors.
Replace your filters.
Your home probably has a lot of filters throughout, and spring is a good time to change all these out. For instance, change the filter on your HVAC system, your dryer, and any outdoor vents you may have too. After all, the winter will likely create more buildup on these filters, and getting them clean and new for the spring will help keep your home cleaner during this time of year.
Your home goes through a lot during the winter, and spring is the time for you to get it all ready again. While you may have your own special list of projects to accomplish or things to do, all the items on this list should also be important when spring rolls around.