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Winter can leave its mark not only on your yard but also on your home’s interiors. As such, it is wise to spruce up both the interiors and exteriors of your home as soon as bumblebees start buzzing around and the flowers begin to bloom. Doing so will allow you to promote wellness by keeping your environment clean and organized while also making your property look better than ever.
Besides whipping your backyard into shape, you might also want to repair your roof, clean out the vents, replace torn window screens, and inspect your home for signs of pests. Organizing your fridge and cabinets is also an excellent idea, as it will help you determine what items you need to add to your pantry.
If you would like to learn more about these and some other tips to make your spring cleanup more effective, read on!
Clean Your Garage
Spring is the perfect time to clean out your garage. Remember that this is the place where you are likely to store tools, sports equipment, and other stuff that you may need only once or twice a year. Cleaning out your garage can help you create more storage space in your home while also making it easier to find what you need when you need it.
To organize your garage, consider the following tips:
- Sort items by category (such as “sports” or “crafty”).
- Put items that have a specific purpose on shelves and those that can be used for multiple purposes on a pegboard.
- Store items with a limited use value in a bin or a box.
- Determine whether you really need certain items. If not, consider donating them to charity or selling them at a yard sale.
When cleaning out your garage, make sure to check your lawnmowers, pressure washers, chainsaws, and other power tools for signs of wear and tear. For example, if your chain saw blade is dulling faster than it should, consider replacing it before it becomes dangerous. You can also replace worn tires and spark plugs or clean your lawnmower’s engine to keep it ready for the next season.
If you keep your power generator in your garage, make sure to give it a check, too, to determine if it still works properly. If not, you may consider replacing it with one of the 10 best inverter generators on the market today.
Review Your Home’s Exteriors
In addition to organizing your garage, make sure to review the exterior of your home as soon as temperatures rise above 50 degrees F. Here are a few tips worth considering:
Take Care of Gutters and Downspouts
Clean off any dead leaves from your home’s gutters and downspouts. Also, inspect them for signs of rust or other damage so that you can get any repairs done as soon as possible.
If you notice any signs of damage, repair damaged gutters using aluminum flashing strips. These strips should be available at most hardware stores near you and are easy to install, so you can do it yourself without hiring an expensive contractor. Consider adding gutter guards as well to protect them from debris during storms.
Clean the Windows
Clean off all of your home’s windows with vinegar and water solution. You will also want to do an initial cleaning of your brickwork and siding if they appear dirty or damaged. It is wise to spring clean these areas every year as part of routine maintenance so that they don’t end up looking worse with each passing year.
Besides, check doors and windows for signs of rot or weather damage. If you notice any problems, schedule an appointment for repair work with a local contractor immediately.
Remove Dead Plants and Flowers
After inspecting the exterior of your home, consider removing any dead plants and flowers from your yard so that they don’t attract bugs or rodents into your home and cause further damage to your property. You can add mulch after so that plants and flowers can grow better next spring!
Remove the Clutter
Spring is the time when the weather begins to warm up, and you can enjoy the outdoors more. However, if your home looks cluttered, it will not feel as welcoming. It is a good idea to start by decluttering your home room by room before you start preparing it for spring.
Doing so will allow you to organize your belongings and remove excess clutter that could be a source of dust and mildew. Regularly cleaning up your home will also help improve how you and your family feel, as the mess can be overwhelming if you don’t clear it up on a regular basis.
Clean Out the Drains and Vents
Drains are one of those things that we hardly think about unless they become clogged. In order to avoid such an unpleasant situation, it is a good idea to clean them out regularly. If you have a septic tank, it is imperative to do this in the springtime because some of the clogs may have been created by melted snow and ice.
In addition to drains, you should also inspect your vents. If they have become dirty or have fallen off their tracks, they will need to be replaced or fixed. Failure to do so could lead to an increase in energy bills and a risk of fire.
Keep Pests Away From Your Home
To keep pests away from your home, make sure to seal holes and cracks around windows, doors, siding, roof edges, and other areas in which pests are likely to enter. Sealants will also help prevent moisture from entering zones such as attics where the drywall may become damp due to leaks or poor ventilation.
You can also fix cracks in concrete walkways on your property by sealing them with a concrete patching compound or waterproof sealant product. Removing moisture from these areas will help prevent slugs and snails from making themselves comfortable during the colder months.
Furthermore, make sure that no cobwebs are hanging around outside of your home as these can attract spiders and other insects into your home during the summer months when bugs are most prevalent again. If you find any cobwebs inside of your home during springtime, make sure to remove them quickly so that they do not become too big in size.
Spring is the perfect time to start thinking about cleaning up your home. Even if you don’t have the time or energy to tackle all your cleaning needs at once, you might want to complete at least a few of the tasks from your list once or twice a week. Doing so will help you create a clean and welcoming space for you and your family to enjoy whenever you are home, as well as for your guests when they visit.
Remember that spring cleaning is not just about springtime blooms; it is also about cleaning out the clutter in your home that might breed pests. As such, it is wise to get started on your spring cleanup efforts sooner rather than later so that you can stay ahead of the curve.
Now that you know what to do, the only thing left is to get started! Good luck!