It may still be winter, but it’s time to think spring inside the house, and outside in the yard and garden. Here’s a handy to-do list to keep you busy and feeling accomplished.
- Pull out the refrigerator and large pieces of furniture for a good old-fashioned spring cleaning. Sweep, mop and vacuum those neglected floor coverings.
- Vacuum those dusty baseboards and then follow up by wiping them down with a mixture of water and vinegar.
- Clean area rugs and carpets. If the job is just too daunting, call in the experts. Check with friends and neighbors for carpet cleaner recommendations.
- Freshen up the entryway and hall closet. As the weather warms up, wash and put away the mittens, hats and heavy coats. Replace with lighter jackets, raincoats and umbrellas.
- Start thinking about your spring and summer garden. Clean debris from raised beds and turn the soil.
- If backyard veggies are in your plans, start seedlings inside under grow lights. Don’t move them outside until after the last frost date in your area.
- Tune-up your gardening equipment. Check your lawnmower blade and sharpen it, if necessary. Start the weed eater as well. Make sure you have an adequate supply of trimmer lines.
- Check with local garden experts on when to apply fertilizer and weed control to your lawn.
- If the backyard grill has been neglected all winter, now’s the time to scrub the grates and prep it for the first cookout of the spring.
- Freshen up your outdoor living space. Scrub down lawn chairs, and launder or replace cushions, if necessary. Power wash the patio or deck.
- Enjoy those gorgeous yellow daffodils — and other early bloomers in your yard. Gather a bouquet or two to perk things up inside the home, too.
- And finally, if you haven’t already, it’s time to get those taxes done.
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