At this time of the year, we’re all pretty much looking forward to spring--when the birds bird, and the bees bee (you win 50,000 internets if you know where that's from). But the beauty of flowers blooming and the weather getting milder is definitely something that's going to be upon us before you know it. So if you’re that someone that has been making a spring-y list of to-do's once the weather warms up, you're not alone. Here's a few of the things we suggest you get crackin' on before the weather warms up.
5 Things To Tackle Around Your Home In Spring
1. Do A Good Deep Clean
Shuttering the house over the winter can lead to must and dust, and there's nothing quite like a good old fashioned deep spring cleaning. Strip the beds, the curtains and any other linens that have been out and about over the winter, and give them a good washing. Rent a steam cleaner and give your carpets a thorough cleaning. Use newspaper instead of paper towels, and distilled white vinegar and water in place of cleaner, and wash down all your windows. Give tile and lineoleum floors a decent mop job, and go over wood floors with a microfiber dust mop. Or, don't! You can always see if hiring a cleaning service is a better option (hint: it probably is). In any event, a clean home in spring will always makes you feel good and damn proud of your home.
2. Freshen Up The Decor
Next, you may want to work a bit on the decor. Are you like me and swap out your winter decor for lighter and brighter patterns and prints? If not, try it! It really doesn't take much. Lighter-weight curtains in a pastel shade, a bright new comforter set, new covers for your throw pillows, and even fresh, affordable flower bouquets picked up from the grocery can add a springtime touch to your home.
3. Get Outside
Of course, you've got to consider the outside of your home, too. If you own a significant piece of property, then you probably already know how important a spring and fall clean up is. Once the weather thaws, you'll want to:
- Clear any leaves and debris from your yard (and from your gutters and around downspouts as well);
- Aerate an re-seed your lawn, if necessary;
- Prune any trees or shrubs on your property; and
- Check your irrigation to make sure there's no leaks and all is in working order.
4. Start To Budget
If you think you might want to hire a cleaning or lawn care service for spring, then it's best to know what you're paying for. Lawn care companies, for example, can provide a one time service like core aeration and overseeding, or they can work with you to design an entire program for keeping your property in tip-top shape throughout the spring, summer and fall season. A decent lawn care program can run about $2,000 or more, depending on the services you choose and the size of your property, and most every reputable company will be happy to provide you with a free estimate for services.
5. Lighten Up
Lastly, it could be that you literally choose to make your home a much lighter space during the spring months! Again, this is something that can be done affordably, especially if you're handy. Check out these 16 charming upcycled outdoor spring lighting ideas curated by Architecture Art Designs. For indoor lighting, we love these three, light-weight ceiling mounted chandeliers--these styles would be perfect in any home!