Tips to Make Spring Cleaning Easier this Year

Keep only the Essentials

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During spring cleaning you’ll likely be throwing out a LOT of useless stuff you never knew you had in your home. For some it’s easy to get rid of clutter, for others, it’s more difficult because “But what if I need this later?” We all understand the hesitation, but still urge you to try to throw away anything that isn’t absolutely essential.

Don’t Forget About the Small Stuff

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While we love to focus on rooms and parts of the house as a whole, we often forget about small important places to clean. When you’re in the kitchen cleaning, don’t forget about the fridge. Of course the inside, but also the top of the fridge, along with the crevices behind and to the sides of it. Remember to dust the blades of ceiling fans, along with the inside and outside of lampshades.

Clean Your Cleaners

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Before you start in on the dirt clutter and grime we all have in our houses, it’s important to check that your cleaners are clean! Go through your brooms and make sure their bristles aren’t too dirty or bundled up. Take a look at your vacuum cleaner and ask yourself, “when was the last time that thing was cleaned?” If, like most of us, you can’t think of a time, then now is the time. Empty out that bag, replace it with a new one, clean the filters, even replace if need be. Trim those bristles that have clumped together, or if it’s too far gone, purchase a new one.

Clean the WHOLE Bed

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It may seem daunting but cleaning your whole bed (yes that includes pillows and comforter) but it’s something that usually only needs to be done a few times a year, so why not kick off Spring cleaning with it.

Stop Clutter at the Front Door

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Putting a shoe rack and hanging rack for shoes and jackets can prevent a lot of clutter from building up in your home. Stopping clutter at the door indirectly cleans the rest of the house for you, and keeps everything you might need in one place.


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Tips to Brighten and Lighten Your Home

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Brighten up your space for spring with these simple tips.

1. Let The Sun Shine In. Swap those heavy, dark drapes for a light, sheer fabric. If your room gets a lot of sun, opt for light colors that won’t fade. The most recommended lightweight fabrics for panels are cotton, linen, and silk blends because they tend to hang well.

2. Use the Right White Paint OK, so maybe white paint is a no-brainer for perking up gloomy interiors, but picking the right white? Easier said than done. To make sure you’re picking the right shade of white, check out this list of favorite white paint colors chosen by top interior designers.

3. Opt For Open Shelving Open shelves can add depth to a small room, and feel less heavy than dark cabinets. If you’re going to try this look, make sure to edit glassware, decorative accessories, or anything else that will be on display. Baskets can be a great way of adding storage without visual clutter.

4. Add a Mirror Mirrors can visually expand a room and also reflect light, making any space feel bigger and brighter.


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Spring Home Maintenance Tips

 

iStock_000064841963_SmallHomes need to be maintained between each season, even the switch to the warmer spring season. Harsh winters can cause damage that you should check for, and there’s also small tasks to complete to assure that your home stays running smoothly and looking its best! Check out these home maintenance tips to know exactly where to start when preparing your home for the spring:

1. Clean your gutters if you haven’t done so already to make sure they are working properly before all the April/May rain comes in. You need them to be able to handle any rain that comes in to carry it down and away from your home.

2. Re-caulk windows that need it. Harsh winters can wear the caulk down, and redoing it will help keep cool air in and warm air out, which ultimately will help your air conditioner run more efficiently. This can be done on your own with ease and is worth it!

3. Pack soil around the base of your home so water will run out and away from it rather than puddling right by your home, which could cause damage

4. Clean out the air conditioner before you start using it. It hasn’t been too warm out yet this season, and definitely not consistently, so it’s not too late to do this! Cleaning it will help it run better and allows you to check for any damage as well.

5. Tis the season for outdoor water sources, so check that your hose and outdoor water systems are running properly and no dry rot or winter damage has formed.

6. Replace outdoor lighting such as porch and flood lights. You will be using them much more during the spring and summer than you did in the winter, so you might as well make sure they are in good shape. Check that the wires are damage free and the bulbs are changed and working.

7. Check the attic after the winter for any signs of rodents such as chewing marks or holes as well as for mold. Address both of these issues immediately if you find signs of them to prevent any further damage.

8. Inspect the roof for any damage, which can be done by a quick scan from the ground. No need to go on the roof, and if you see a problem, call a professional to take a look. This will prevent leaks and other possible problems from occurring.

9. Look for rotting wood around windows and door frames and repair if needed. This will seal up drafts and keep out pests, not to mention maintain proper support to your home.

These simple home maintenance tips can be done by anyone and will get your home in great shape for the rest of the season! It’s very important to keep up on home maintenance to avoid any long term problems.

 

 


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Energy Efficient Home Features

 

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Having the most energy efficient home possible is a top priority to not only have a better living experience, but also to save money. Here are energy efficient home improvements to upgrade your current home or look out for them when searching for your new home:

1. Programmable thermostats are a great energy and money saver. It’s generally a more accurate thermostat and you can set up a schedule to change the temperature on its own from day to night.

2. Tankless water heaters saves users about 20% of their water bill! They never run out of hot water and also last 5 to 10 years longer than tank heaters.

3. When it’s not too hot out, using ceiling fans instead of your air conditioning can end up saving you some money and still keep your home at a comfortable temperature.

4. Insulated homes keep it warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer and reduces both costs by 20%.

5. Low flow faucet fixtures save water as well as the money in your wallet. It reduces water consumption by about 50% and can save you up to $145 a year.


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