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 crackalackin' on before the weather warms up.
5 Things To Tackle Around Your Home In Spring
1. Perform A Thorough Deep Clean
Shuttering the house over the winter can lead to a lot of 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. Mop tile and linoleum floors, and go over wood floors with a microfiber dust mop. Scrub tubs, toilets and sinks using antibacterial cleansers. Or, don't! You can always see if hiring a cleaning service is a better option for you (hint: it probably is).
2. Freshen Up The Decor
Right around daylight savings time is when I start to get antsy for lighter home decor. It's when I put away the heavy blankets and thermal curtains and replace them with lighter duvets and sheer panels. Here's what else you can do to welcome spring in your home:
- Swap out jewel toned textiles (throw blankets and pillows) and replace them with pastels.
- Pepper your home with fresh flower arrangements and / or faux flowers and plants.
- Replace headier scents that are in your diffusers and wax warmers with floral or citrusy scents.
- Change up your coir doormats to something more spring-y, hang a pretty floral wreath on your door, and add a few spring decor pieces to your front porch.
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 and reseed your lawn, if necessary;
- Prune any trees or shrubs on your property; and
- Check your irrigation system to make sure there's no leaks and all is in working order.
4. Start To Budget
If you're considering contracting with 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 company will be happy to provide you with a free estimate for services. Same holds true for gutter maintenance: if your gutters need cleaning, it's probably best to sign up for a maintenance program with a reputable company.
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. We were so inspired by the designs, we found three really unique light fixtures from walmart.com that we thought you'd like, too!