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Get Ready for Spring with These 8 Tips

Posted On: March 18, 2021

Spring is around the corner, and there’s no better time to get started on your spring cleaning checklist. Here are eight things you can do to put some cleanliness in each room, efficiency throughout your home and spring in your step.

1. Start with a list.

Before giving the inside and outside of your home a scrub, make note of the areas that are often neglected all year long. For example, dusting ceiling fans, shampooing carpet, flipping your mattresses, inspecting driveways for repairs and prepping your spring garden are all important to-dos.

2. Declutter your home.

Now that you have your list, taking pictures of each room before getting started will make it easier to see what needs to be done. To avoid getting overwhelmed, start off simple. Create clutter-free zones throughout your home by clearing counter tops. Transferring out-of-season clothes to storage bins is a great way to open space in your closet. Remember to donate things that don’t fit or haven’t been worn in a year.

3. Go green when you clean.

Green cleaning products will give your home that fresh, clean feeling minus the strong fragrances and harsh chemicals associated with traditional supplies. You can remove stains and residue without polluting the air or being damaging your skin. Create your own solution with ingredients like baking soda, lemon and vinegar or purchase eco-friendly supplies.

4. Check out your HVAC system.

Schedule a maintenance check for your HVAC to ensure that it’s running properly. Regularly replacing or cleaning air filters can lower your energy usage by up to 15 percent. It’s recommended that you change your air filter every three months. Check out our DIY Home Energy Audit to see how you can save hundreds of dollars a year on your electricity bill.

5. Use your fan to cool off your space.

Letting cool air from the ceiling fan circulate throughout your home allows you to raise your thermostat by four degrees without having to sacrifice comfort. It also keeps your electricity bill down. Opening windows to let the cool breeze in and installing energy-efficient window treatments are other ways to cut energy costs.

6. Fire up the barbecue grill.

Cooking inside can quickly increase the temperature of your home causing more money to be spent trying to cool it down. Cook outside when the weather is nice. Doing so, will keep the heat out of your home and reduce your electricity bill.

7. Get back into the spring of things with healthy habits.

There’s no better time than spring to pursue those healthy commitments you made at the start of the year. Ease your way back into the routine by making small steps — consider a 15-minute lunch time walk. For those who stayed on track, but moved their workout indoors because of the cold temperatures, lace up those shoes and get back out there.

Tip: Having an outdoor picnic or planting a garden are simple ways to declutter your mind.

8. Give yourself a spring reboot.

The winter can be harsh so there’s no better time than spring to treat yourself to a facial, a new hair color or hairstyle. You can also show your mental well-being some love by visiting a farm to see baby animals or grabbing lunch at an outdoor café. The season of change is at hand so whether you’re planning to make a few subtle updates or clear out parts of your home, tackling tasks in increments will help keep you focused and not overwhelmed. Following our easy checklist while keeping self-care at the center of it all will make spring cleaning less of a headache and more of a breeze.