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!
12 House Spruce Ups to Tackle For Spring!
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House Spruce Up 1: Declutter
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!
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
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.
House Spruce Up 4: Fresh Frig
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
This quick video from Martha will enlighten:
House Spruce Up 6: New Towels
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.
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:
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!
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!)
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!
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.
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:
Do you have a list like this you tackle at the beginning of spring?
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Peace to you right where you are.
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