Spring has sprung, and the time has come to trade in hot cocoa for pink lemonade and kick off your boots in favour of a pair of flip-flops. Most of us tend to hibernate for the winter, dressing in layers and restricting activity to movies on the couch under a cozy blanket.

With spring's extra dose of sun comes a new boost of energy, and it's time to shake off the winter blues and get active again -- starting with the house, which is probably looking as weather-beaten and grey as you've been feeling. Start on the inside and as the weather improves you can work your way outside.

Ceiling Fans

With the warmer weather on the way, we’ll say goodbye to the fireplace and hello to the ceiling fan. Over the winter the blades may have been a final resting place for dust and dirt. Instead of having a dust bunny rainstorm when you turn it on try this instead. To clean fan blades toss a pillow case over the blades and slowly pull it off. All of the dust and dirt will stay contained inside the pillow case.

 Mattresses

While the chilly days of winter call for time snuggled up in bed, it also means a season’s worth of moisture, dirt and odours. Mix a few drops of your favourite essential oil (lavender is great for a restful night’s sleep) with 1cup of baking soda, sprinkle it on your mattress and let it sit for an hour before vacuuming it off. Your mattress will be left smelling clean and fresh!

The Deck

If you’re like me you’ll be spending more time outside as the weather gets warmer. Take the time to spruce up your outside oasis so you can enjoy early morning coffee or sunset cocktails on the deck. An easy to make cleaning solution will remove pollen, grime and fungus. Mix 1cupof powdered laundry solution, 3 ½ L of hot water & ½ cup bleach to remove the buildup on your deck. You’ll be sitting pretty in no time! 

The Garage

For a lot of people, the garage is like a big, cluttered closet -- you throw in all the unwanted stuff you can't find a home for, shut the door and hope it will magically disappear.

With your new, sun-induced lease on life, it'stime to face the task and get it over with so that when you need that sprinkler June, you won't be tripping on rakes and fumbling through bug-infested boxes. After all, the biggest necessity for many families is storage space. Installing cabinets, shelves, racks and hooks may help immensely. Use boxes, baskets and old plastic storage containers from the kitchen to organise - adhesives in one box, paints on the shelves, etc. 

Don’t forget to utilize charity organisations that will come and collect donations right from your doorstep (Diabetes, Local Women Shelters, Habitat for Humanity), as well as, local buy, swap and sell groups. 

 

The Lawn

Your yard has spent the winter feeling cold and abandoned-- and possibly suffocating under a layer of snow. Get ready for a lush lawn and a flourishing garden by getting rid of the soggy, old leaves choking your flowerbeds and grass.

After you've spent a whole day sorting screws in your garage, you might want to tear your hair out. Get violent in a more productive way instead.

Start with yanking up weeds. There's something very satisfying about ripping up a troublesome weed before it has the chance to terrorize your lawn and garden.

 

Whatever you do to get ready, take time to enjoy all the beauty of Spring!