12 House Spruce Ups to Tackle For Spring!

I’m sharing a dozen spring cleaning and home improvement tasks we are tackling right now, and not one of them mentions WINDOWS. Yippeeee-ki-yayyy! When it’s warmer, I will address those puppies, but the list is long enough already with these 12 House Spruce Ups to Tackle For Spring!

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12 House Spruce Ups to Tackle For Spring!

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House Spruce Up 1: Declutter

I went into some detail HERE about decluttering after reading a great book on the topic that approaches organization from a very realistic and also psychological perspective.

One of the easiest places to begin to clear clutter for spring and summer (at least when you’re me) is to store away winter clothing and even pillows and throws which seem to accumulate during winter when a cozier look makes sense. If you lack space in a linen closet for these winter storage items, there are always these under-bed containers which will keep them dust free.

These containers became a necessity after downsizing!

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House Spruce Up 2: Pillow Talk

Fresh new pillows in spring! There’s nothing like fresh goodness. Here’s my own personal fave I told you about HERE.

And should you be feeling the itch to bring home a few throw pillows for spring, here are some pretty alternatives.

House Spruce Up 3: Sparkling Range

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I didn’t say this list of spring spruce ups would be glamorous…ha! I’m good about cleaning the cooktop daily, but with all my baking in winter, the oven can get crunchy.

If you live in a region with long, frigid winters like us, then you probably wait until spring for this chore. For a self-cleaning oven, open a window since the process is not the most fragrant. If you are cleaning it by hand, wear gloves and a mask. Play soothing music and think about a sweet little reward you’ll treat yourself to when that oven is sparkling clean following the labor.

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Round Bronze Accent Table
French Country Lamp
French Laundry Basket
Metal Martini Table
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Farmhouse Dining Table
Helmsley Bronze Door Hardware
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Turkish Cotton Blanket
Gertrude Wood Bench
Upholstered Dining Chair Set
Avignon Coat Rack With Hooks
San Jose Handleset for Front Door
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Campaign Style End Table
Louis Upholstered Bench
Oak Laminate Flooring
Knotty Alder Interior Door
Alabaster 30″ Lamp
Louis Ghost Chair
Rustic Wood Candleholders
French Linen Dining Chair
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
PARIS Framed Print
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
Tulip Style Modern Round Dining Table
French Industrial Metal Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
Oak Accent Stool
Bridge Kitchen Faucet (Stainless)
Jute Area Rug
Leather Club Chair
Reclaimed Wood 3 Leg Stool
French Linen Sofa
Venetian Etched Mirror (24″ x 36″)
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Polished Carrara Subway Tile
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Magnus Table Lamp
Belgian Style Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Round Woven Placemat Set
French Country Wood Mirror
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Marsh Rustic Wood Bench
Linen Slipcover Dining Chair
Wicker Patio Chair
Teak Farmhouse Stool

House Spruce Up 4: Fresh Frig

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It’s my least favorite thing to do, and I can talk myself out of it and procrastinate like crazy. Yet every single time I clean the refrigerator, I am amazed that it didn’t take an entire day and was not nearly as exhausting as I always imagine it will be.

I can’t seem to tackle my frig cleaning without help from:

Sometimes it can be motivating to first watch someone demonstrate their own personal method for cleaning that big boy.

House Spruce Up 5: Clean Windows

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This quick video from Martha will enlighten:

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House Spruce Up 6: New Towels

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Old ones can become dingy, and fresh new towels can be one of those ‘everyday lovely’ layers of daily hygiene that bring a smile and sense of calm.

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House Spruce Up 7: Porch Pretty

Pick a mild and less windy day to sweep, clear debris with a leaf blower, and hose off your porch to get ready to set the stage for spring. Here’s a pretty book I own that may inspire you decor-wise:

Porch Living by James T. Farmer (Gibbs Smith)

We have two of these these planters from Home Depot on the front porch flanking the front door, and anything you put in them looks fabulous. They can be left out year-round, which helps so much when you have limited storage!

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House Spruce Up 8: Shower Curtain Liner Replacement

It’s a little spruce up packing a huge punch, and changing out a new shower curtain liner each year only takes about 5 minutes!

I like buying the extra long liner for our walk-in shower for extra flexibility in positioning the curtain rod and extra protection for keeping moisture from leaving the shower. Over time, those splashes outside of the shower can create mildew issues and even worse!

House Spruce Up 9: Change Filters

Wherever you have filters, make sure you have fresh ones. The furnace is an obvious place to start, but also check any ice maker, vacuum, and vent hood filters (mine get greasy quickly!)

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House Spruce Up 10: Steam Clean Rugs & Carpet

Don’t you love that feeling after the rugs have been cleaned!?! A no shoes in the house policy helps tremendously with keeping them cleaner all year round. You’re likely well aware of the dangers of chemicals traditionally used for cleaning carpets. Here’s an article that mentions conventional household ingredients to create powdered mixtures for the job. Steam cleaning is our preferred method and has always worked well. If you plan to buy a cleaning product for the job, make sure to look for nontoxic, green-certified, cleaning solutions that are recognized as safe by the FDA.

For day to day cleaning of floors, I have been using this cordless Dyson model for years now, and it makes so many chores easier. It is stored on the wall (mounts to a charger) in the laundry room…so convenient!

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House Spruce Up 11: Rake Yard

No yard to rake? Lucky! Even though we downsized by half, our yard is still a doozy to address with so many trees and fallen leaves! We have made great progress raking and sweeping the lawn of leaves so our grass can have a chance at healthy growth.

Psst…my yard does not resemble this one at all–I featured this tiny house property the other day, and it’s a gem.

Tiny home on lake in Monteagle, TN  at Retreat TN.
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House Spruce Up 12: Touch up Paint

This is next on my to-do list, and I always dread it because I think it will take weeks when I typically can make a big dent in the chore in a single day.

A freaky thing I do…I cannot resist collecting vintage paintbrushes from the fleamarket and garage sales. I think the aged ones look beautiful, yet I cannot bring myself to use them! Nope. Here is my favorite paint brush for any number of jobs:

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Do you have a list like this you tackle at the beginning of spring?

I shared the other day that Home Depot has expanded their offerings to include furniture and home decor. Right now, these items are available online, and there are plenty of smart pieces to consider. See this peaceful bedroom for one example!

And while we’re talkin’ tranquil, if you missed the post about enchanting handpainted landscape murals printed on paper…see THIS LOVELINESS.

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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10 Comments

  1. Joanna
    April 7, 2019 / 10:13 am

    I found using a dry microfibre cloth the best way to get clean, streakless windows. The squeegee can leave a mark.
    I β€˜m about to go out and power wash my wicker furniture. I’ll let it dry in the sun then spray paint them grey. I love the power of spray paint. πŸ˜€
    I have two of those low wheeled totes under each bed. They are great for storing away all sorts of things. Why waste that valuable real estate?
    I need to do my oven but detest that chore. Even though the oven is self clean, there are the racks to scrub. Maybe I can hire someone?
    Happy Spring cleaning!

    • Michele
      Author
      April 7, 2019 / 11:43 am

      Great tip – I have a glass shower enclosure in the main bath that I have been squeegeeing – need to change it up. πŸ™‚ I must admit I still need to scrub my oven racks. Maybe I’ll make a video (but prob I’ll have no desire!) to document the feat! Ha!

  2. April 13, 2019 / 8:53 pm

    Michele,
    I have a weakness for hot cross buns. Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things. I had to do my spring cleaning early this year getting the house ready. Now I am just doing maintenance. I too love spray paint – I always say paint is your friend!
    You home is so lovely.
    Hugs,
    Bev

    • Michele
      Author
      April 14, 2019 / 12:53 am

      I bet your house looks fabulous – it always helps to have THAT sort of motivation! Thanks for reading, Bev. xox

    • Michele
      Author
      April 18, 2019 / 12:19 pm

      Thanks so much, Bev!

  3. April 19, 2019 / 11:21 am

    Michele, so happy to find you by way of Thursday Favorite Things! You have a lovely home, and love the tips you are sharing! We would love to have you join us each week at the new link party on the block, Homestyle Gathering! Check us out, and link up! πŸ˜‰

    • Michele
      Author
      April 19, 2019 / 2:46 pm

      Hi there! Thanks for finding me – I just linked up to the party and am so happy to find you lovely bloggers! πŸ™‚

      • Julie Briones
        April 22, 2019 / 1:25 am

        So glad to have you! Hope to see you each week!

        • Michele
          Author
          April 22, 2019 / 9:53 am

          Happy to join the link up and looking forward to finding beautiful inspiration there.

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