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According to the calendar, spring officially arrived last week. Unfortunately, the thermometer is still displaying winter temperatures. If you’re longing to see bright flowers and leaves on trees then you’re not alone. As we gear up for spring, here are a few things you can do to get ready for the season.
1. Clean out our your closet
Get rid of things you haven’t worn in over a year. Consider donating gently used clothing and accessories to charity. Dust off your shoes and toss out ones that don’t fit or are worn out. Reorganize everything by color and type. It will make it easier for you to locate things and make finding that perfect outfit just a little easier.
2. Toss out the air fresheners
You’ve been breathing in stale air and using air fresheners for months, now that the air is warming up it’s time to open up those windows and let the fresh air in. Fresh cut flowers, plants, and essential oils are also a great natural way to freshen up the air inside your home without using chemical based products.
3. Lights on!
Did you know that one compact fluorescent light bulb can last up to eight times longer than incandescent bulbs? They also use a third less energy. Swap out the bulbs in your home and you’ll find yourself saving money, too. One CFL can save up to $40 in its lifetime!
4. Clean carpets and upholstery.
Most of the dust in your house is actually made up of skin cells. If that doesn’t make your skin crawl then think about the fact that your carpets and couches probably contain over a year’s worth of germs, body oils, and dirt. Most home stores and grocery stores rent carpet cleaners, or make it easy on yourself and call in a professional. It may take a full day for everything to dry, but you can speed up the process by running fans and opening windows.
5. Outdoor Gas Grill
Most likely you haven’t used your grill since last summer. You’ll want to clean it up to ensure that the food you cook is safe for your family. Start out by cleaning the grates with a steel brush. If there’s a lot of leftover food on the grates from last year then fire it up and let it run for about 10 minutes. The high temp will make it easier to scrape off any leftover food particles or residue with the steel brush.
Clean the burners with the steel brush and examine the holes for clogs. If the burners are rusty, you may need to replace them. Use a putty knife on the inside walls to scrape off grease or other residue. Remove the grates and drip pans and wash with soap and water and allow to dry. You can also use soap and water to wash off the exterior, or if you have a stainless steel grill then Barkeepers Friend works really well. Replace all the parts and you’re all set for your first barbeque of the season.
Lighter coats, warmer temperatures, birds singing – come on spring! We’re ready for you!