Springing into warmer weather

The snow is melted and scarves are put aside. After months of low temperatures and dark skies, isn’t it delightful to celebrate spring again?

For many people, this wonderful season of new life is a real morale booster. The arrival of spring means more light, and for most of us, possibly a more cheerful mood. Here are a few suggestions on ways to take advantage of spring sunshine.

  • Grab a sandwich and water. Enjoy them at your favorite outdoor resting spot.
  • Consider planting a garden. Bonus: Fresh and tasty fruits and vegetables.
  • Take a brisk walk.

While you are outdoors, why not plan some tasks to ready your home for the warmer months with some spring cleaning? Before you get started, make plan so that you don’t feel overwhelmed by taking on too much—know that you don’t need to do everything in one day or even in one weekend.

  • Scrub Walls, Baseboards and Outlets
    Scrub all the walls — in the bathroom, kitchen, bedrooms and living areas — with a sponge or brush and mild soap and water. This includes baseboards and outlets. Make sure to completely dry outlet covers before replacing.
  • Replace Filters
    Replace all filters including water, range hood and air vent filters. Filters should be replaced every 3-6 months depending on the type of filter you have.
  • Clean Faucets and Showerheads
    Unscrew the faucet aerators, sink sprayers and showerheads, and soak them in equal parts vinegar and water solution. Let them soak for an hour, then rinse with warm water.
  • Clean Out the Dryer Vent
    A clogged dryer vent can be a fire hazard. To clean it, disconnect the vent from the back of the machine and use a dryer vent brush to remove lint. Outside your house, remove the dryer vent cover and use the brush to remove lint from the other end of the vent line. Make sure the vent cover flap moves freely.
  • De-Clutter for Spring!
    Spring is the perfect time to pare down the clutter that’s been accumulating in your home. Before you get started, make a room-by-room plan so that you don’t feel overwhelmed by the prospect of de-cluttering your entire home—know that you don’t need to do everything in one day or even in one weekend.
  • Test Smoke Alarms
    Test smoke alarms and CO detectors and change out batteries as needed. It only takes a few minutes and can save lives.

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