As spring arrives, you may need to invest some time in reorganizing the house to prepare for warmer weather. Changing seasons likely means your family will need different items and organization to have a fun, adventurous, and healthy summer.
Here is a simple set of ten tips to help you make a successful transition as the sun comes back.
Plan Ahead When Storing Winter Gear
At some point, you will have to do a wholesale swap of your clothing, putting away all of your winter gear to make room for your summer necessities.
Sandals and towels might replace boots, hats, and scarves in your mudroom. In your shed, you might need to prioritize the lawnmower and landscaping tools over the snow blower, shovels, and skis. Organize your seasonal stuff for easy access, retiring the shovel for sunglasses and making your storage a little easier to navigate.
Freshen the Place Up
Invite the outdoors into your home! Spring means we can begin to open screen doors and windows to let in fresh air and the wonderful scent of springtime. A little effort in window washing can go a long way toward replacing artificial lighting with a little mood-boosting sunshine.
You also want to be sure that you have all of the basic necessities to perform a successful spring refresh. Make a trip to the store to build your toolkit of sponges, brushes, cleaners, trash bags, and miscellany to prepare for a cleansing and cathartic deep clean.
Have a Garage Sale
Spring cleaning often turns up a wide variety of items that are no longer being used by your family. Having a garage sale is a great way to help others put your old belongings to good use, while cleaning the clutter out of your home and garage.
Washing the Car Doesn’t Hurt
Summer adventures often require more availability of space in your vehicle for extra
bodies, coolers, chairs, and other summer supplies. Giving your car a thorough once-over will help you be prepared for all of the fantastic summer journeys that lie ahead.
Spring is a great time to take on a home improvement project. It’s time to roll up those sleeves, throw on those painting pants, and begin upgrading your home!
Your deck, doors, trim, tables, or chairs might be in need of a fresh coat of paint, or even a new color scheme. The backyard swing set might be in need of some structural reinforcement. You might decide it is time to repaint a room or rooms in your home.
Whatever home improvements you want to make, spring is a great time to get a jump on them so you are able to enjoy them for the rest of the summer.
Prepare the Patio
Spring and summer are great times to host outdoors events in your backyard or on your patio. Do an inventory check to make sure you stock all of the essentials to throw a killer party! You may also want to make sure your grill or barbecue is ready to produce some amazing food for the summer. Get your propane tank filled, break out the grilling tools, give the grilling surface a good scrub, and start refining those grilling skills!
Get the Family Involved
If you are a parent, you probably want your kids to help out around the house to teach them responsibility. However, it can be difficult to motivate your children to help around the house when they are fresh out of school and just want to hang out with friends.
A garage sale is a great way to get your kids involved in your spring cleaning efforts. Offer them an opportunity to make some summer spending money by helping you organize, set up, and run your garage sale. You can also take the money you make from your garage sale and save for a family vacation, weekend getaway, or an amazing summer camp experience for your kids.
A Top-Down Approach
When starting your spring cleaning, it is recommended to begin at the top of your home and work down. After all, dusting directly after you’ve swept and mopped the floors doesn’t make much sense, does it? Taking a top-down approach will reduce the amount of repetitive work that you make for yourself during your spring cleaning efforts and help you determine where to begin when the work seems overwhelming.
‘Two Birds With One Stone’ Philosophy
Think about multiple tasks that you can accomplish in the most efficient and effective manner possible. Multitasking is encouraged when it comes to spring cleaning.
For example, if you have to get the ladder out to replace a hard-to-reach light bulb, you might as well leave the ladder up and dust the ceiling fan at the same time.
The Summer Essentials
In order to be prepared for summer, you will probably need to pick up a few essentials that are not necessary during the fall and winter seasons. Sunblock, aloe, and insect repellants, for instance, go a long way towards making your family’s summer experience much healthier and much happier.
Follow these simple summer tips and everything from your trip to the beach to a quiet night in will be more peaceful, more enjoyable, and more rewarding.
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