Spring Cleaning: Freshen Your Window Treatments
There’s nothing like freshly washed windows to announce that Spring – and its beautiful sunlight – is here! Don’t diminish that fresh look with window treatments in need of a good cleaning.
March 20 marked the first official day of spring, and that means it’s time to start your spring cleaning! Now that the days are longer and the sun is shining abundantly, you’ll want your home’s exterior in great shape to show off your house. When the inevitable April showers arrive, focus on improving your home’s interior. These tips can help!
Old Man Winter spent a lot of time visiting this past season, and exterior finishes were ravaged by the harsh conditions. A fresh coat of paint can go a long way in rejuvenating a home battered by ice, wind, and snow time and again this winter.
Outside, use lush landscape to highlight your home’s best features, whether it’s a large lawn or bay windows. Greenery and bright blooms will add color and vibrancy to your lot, which will continue to flourish as spring turns into summer.
Another way to boost curb appeal is through simple changes. Give your windows a good cleaning. Power wash decks and patios. Paint or replace your front door to give your home a whole new look.
Inside, give each room in your house a thorough cleaning. Get rid of clutter and place items you no longer use in storage. Create shelving units or find furniture, baskets, or containers that can keep books, magazines, and remotes out of sight and free of dust.
For a new, refreshed look in your home, rearrange the layout of your furniture or add slipcovers to give your space a makeover with new patterns, designs, and styles. You can also restore floors by waxing linoleum and steaming carpets.
Update your kitchen and bathroom by replacing hardware. Change knobs, handles, and fixtures with different sizes, shapes, or colors for a whole new look.
Make your house the most beautiful on the block! What plans do you have to invigorate your home this season?
There’s new energy in the air. It’s time to open the windows, let in some fresh air, get out in the garden, and get cranking on that spring cleaning. I’ll admit I’m not particularly excited about spring cleaning—on a sunny day, I’d much rather kick back on the deck with a good book and a glass of lemonade. But since I appreciate a clean house, I’d best get started. Where do I even begin?
When I think of all the “to dos” on my spring cleaning list, it’s overwhelming. In addition to the deep cleaning, I still have to take care of the kids, go to work, run errands, and get dinner on the table. However, by breaking down the list into smaller, more realistic tasks, I think I can get it done, bit by bit.
I searched spring cleaning on line and came up with a “to do” list for myself. Following are some of the things I need to do.
For your spring cleaning strategy, create a list of what you want to do and break it down into smaller tasks. To make the time pass by more enjoyably, download some podcasts (if you have an iPod) to listen to or create a “cleaning” play list with upbeat, energetic music. You can also invest in a headset for your phone and call a friend to chat with while you’re cleaning. If your kids are old enough to help, recruit them in the projects as well.
Then, before you know it, your house will be sparkling clean. When I’m done, I think I’ll celebrate with a glass of lemonade and a good book.
With melting snow and a warming sun, I feel like I’ve received a new lease on life! This was a tough and long winter, and I’m itching to be done with the cold, the snow and the dark evenings. But as I’m inspecting the perimeters of my house, I’m finding that winter left behind some wounds that are tough to hide with only a few ceramic flower containers.
So, as I do every spring, I bring out my basic checklist to help me stay on track as I tackle a few maintenance projects in the yard. I start with windows and screens (doesn’t it feel good to have the windows open again?). I remove all screens and lay them on the driveway and spray them with water from the hose and use an all-purpose cleaner to get rid of whatever is left. I let them dry while I clean the windows (inside and outside) and windowsills. Read the rest of this entry »