Hello lovelies! I am very excited Spring is upon us. This Winter was an exceptional one. More snow than I ever experienced in all my life all combined. So with great joy, I am brining you 10 things to do to prep for Spring, because after all if it’s Spring in your mind, it’s Spring outside!
1.) How does your Garden Grow?
We don’t have a green thumb. Not even close. I kill about 75% of the plants that come into this house, but I am determined to grow a garden of fruits, veggies, and flowers. I am prepared this year! Wish me luck!
2.) Purge, Donate, Trash, and Breathe.
Gotta lotta clutta? Somehow we racked up about a million boxes, filled every closet, and already want to swap out furniture we got specifically for the house – and it’s only been 15 months. Check out a challenge room, which has turned into a catch all…
Ugh..thanks goodness it’s Spring in my head and I got to cleaning out this unused breakfast nook. We have bigger and better plans for this space, and we cant wait to share. But for now, at least she’s clean.
We threw away a bunch, made a box for donations, and stored some away. We gave ourselves a one box limit for stuff we don’t use, but wanted to keep. If we don’t touch what’s in the box by next Spring, off to donations it will go.
3.) Lighten Up!
I feel better in Spring. I like to walk the dogs, go outside, and notice things more. This year I am going to buy a bicycle and explore my “new” town more. Maybe you are into Yoga or hiking. Whatever your thing, Spring is surely the time to wash the stress away and do something you like.
4.) Get Together
We love having BBQ’s! People in “the city” don’t like crossing bridges and tunnels to get to those of us who no longer dwell there. Hence, it’s a special occasion when we all get together to just hang out and do nothing and everything at once. Spring is the perfect time for those get togethers. It’s far enough away from Christmas, and before we start our Summer travels. Plan a get together. It’s worth it.
5.) Make Do
The sunshine aint gonna quit once Spring is “really” here! Make stuff. Fix stuff. Alter stuff! So many farmers markets will have scrumptious fruits, make a tart! Paint the house (God knows we need to!), build something, use those extra day light hours to get done what you lost this Winter.
6.) Go Shopping!
Even if it’s window shopping. Shopping draws inspiration. It shows you the trends, what’s new, and even how to rework what you already have. We love shopping, even when we don’t buy anything.
7.) Plan a Road Trip/Get out of Town
This is a must. What’s better than the wind in your hair? Driving down an empty highway seeing new sights? Spring is so the time for this! Plan something now! It will make you miss home in addition to creating some new memories and perhaps finding something cool to bring home with you.
8.) Scrub, Scrub Scrub
Here is a quick guide to scrub your abode to make it squeaky clean this Spring.
- Pour boiling water down all sinks including, kitchen, bathtubs, and bathrooms
- Put the winter comforters away, and pull out the lighter stuff
- Run the washing machine with only vinegar added, your next load should be whites only
- Vacuum and mop under all bulky furniture including the fridge, behind heaters, and inside fireplaces
- Wipe down all small kitchen appliances and electronics, including the power cords
- Steam clean the curtains
- Take down all hanging art, mirrors and picture frames and dust
- Wash baseboards throughout house and fans in every room
- Swap out high wattage bulbs for energy-efficient 3-way bulbs
- Take all books and trinkets off bookshelves and dust
- Take all rugs outside and beat them
- Clean out closets and donate what you don’t need
- Set up your compost
- Set up your seedlings indoors (yay!)
- Make some cleaning solutions* see below for some recipes
- Clean fridge out and replace a baking soda
- Buy new cleaning tools
I got a little book Make Your Place, and it has a ton of info on how to make a lot of your own cleaning solutions and a whole lot more. Here are a few of my faves:
All Purpose Spray Cleaner:
1 t liquid castile soap
2 T white vinegar
3 Drops Tea Tree Oil
1 t Borax
2 C hot water
1/4 t eucalyptus & lavender oil
Mix all ingredients together in spray bottle. Don’t use on glass.
1 c hydrogen peroxide
15 c water
3 T lemon Juice
Mix together and keep in large plastic container.
I love the smell of fresh sheets and a clean house. Which is why I love the days that follow the big Spring Clean! I refresh the decor in the house, and switch out fabrics, swap out trinkets, and it really makes me feel like Spring when I do this – with open windows of course!
What’s all the hard work worth if you can’t enjoy Spring?
What do you do to prep for the Spring? Do you have a cleaning list or a home made recipe for cleaning solutions? Share!