Getting a head start on prepping your home for spring in the winter will help you better relax once the warmer weather hits. Most people don't start to notice areas of their home they've neglected until after the snow melts. Giving your exterior and interior a refresher will revitalize your home.
Time to Add Fresh Color
Adding a pop of fresh color to your home can create energy and a feeling of hopefulness and inspiration. You can repaint the walls or change out vases and candle holders. Consider purchasing a new piece of artwork or adding accent pillows with cheerful colors to your couches. Adding simple touches of greenery can brighten up a living space. Choose cascading ferns or succulents and place them in areas where they will be noticed.
Use Fresh Smells
Fruit and flowers can make a home scream “spring is here!” and add a unique scent to your space. Dimensions explains, “scent is the most powerful sense we have. It evokes emotions and captures memories. It creates new experiences and enhances your mood. And it has the power to make your environment feel more uplifting, energizing, comforting, relaxing, and uniquely you.” In the spring, flower blossoms are bursting all around you. Filling your home with potted plants will evoke gentle aromas while making your house look beautiful. Choose a mix of plants that will last the entire season. Hydrangeas make appealing bouquets and are the epitome of spring.
Clear Your Gutters’ Downspouts
Dirty gutters are a liability and an eyesore. It shouldn't take more than 30 minutes to clean, and it will save you money in the long run. According to Ned Stevens, “clean gutters to prevent flooding during spring rains. All you need is a hose, a hand rake, and a ladder. Or you can hire someone to clean them for you for a very reasonable price.” If the gutters need to be replaced, choose a durable material that will prevent leaks.
Declutter for Spring
Spring is the best time to declutter your home and purge everything you've accumulated over the past year. For Sale by Owner explains, “start room by room so you'll stay organized and avoid feeling overwhelmed. It doesn't all need to be done in one day. Clean up commonly used things like your book pile, magazines or hobby material. Pack or toss away all but 3 sets of bed linens. Go through closets and figure out what you won’t use again, and get rid of the rest.” Invest in closet organizers and drawer dividers and set them up before you begin.
It doesn't matter if you're getting ready to put your house on the market or if you're hoping to give it some TLC, don't let these four spring cleaning tips slip through the cracks.
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