Spring is in full bloom, and if you’re anything like us, that spring fever has brought on the urge to do some serious spring cleaning! Now is the perfect time to begin purging clothes and household items and to get organized. Here at Lifesquire, we’ve put together a list of our favorite spring to dos:
· Go through closets and drawers. Toss or donate out of style items or things you haven’t worn in a year or more. My general rule for clothes is that if I need to make up an elaborate scenario in which I might need that item, I will likely never end up wearing it.
· Toss or donate old bedding, blankets, and pillows.
· Purge your makeup drawer. Here’s a helpful guide to makeup shelf-life.
Living Room/ Study
· Things like books, magazines, DVDs, and CDs can all be donated or sold to stores like Vintage Stock or Half Price Books
· Schedule a carpet and upholstery cleaner
· Test smoke detectors throughout the house and change batteries as needed
· Go through your pantry and fridge. Toss expired items or donate items you know your family won’t consume before their use by dates.
· Phase out and replace chipped dishes and bowls
Yard & Flowerbeds
· Clean out flowerbeds and plant new blooms
· Program your sprinkler system
· Schedule a mowing service and/or dog waste scooper service
· If you have dogs, walk your fence line to look for possible escape spots
· Schedule pest prevention treatments
· Schedule a pool service to get your pool ready for the summer
· Book an AC tune up and change air filters. Efficient systems mean savings on your electric bill this summer
· Check weather stripping on doors and windows. This will help keep that hot summer air out and reduce your cooling bill.
The longer days and warmer temps are glorious, but they are also an indication that storm season is soon to follow. After your family has made a storm plan you’ll want to be sure you have all the necessary supplies in your shelter or safe spot. Some items you should definitely have on hand are:
· flashlights/lanterns with spare batteries
· weather radio
· first aid kit
· non-perishable food items
· pet food / baby food if you have either in your household
And be sure to register your storm shelter with your local storm shelter registry.
Feeling overwhelmed? Give us a call! We’d love to help you get your home Spring ready.