With the sun shining a little longer and the chill of winter beginning to fade, many homeowners find that now is the perfect time to start their spring cleaning. There are few rites of spring more satisfying than the annual clean. For most people, the pleasure comes only after the work is finished. 

Your spring cleaning may never become effortless, but you can make the project more manageable by tailoring the list to your home and yard. Create a realistic schedule and keep in mind that you can't do it all in one weekend. 

Give the interior of your home a refresh with these chores: 

  • Baseboards & doors - clean and touch up paint. 
  • Smoke & carbon monoxide detectors - check batteries
  • HVAC - vacuum & dust
  • Garbage disposal - crush ice (sharpens), baking soda and citrus fruit rinds (freshens)
  • Range hood fan - check & clean
  • Electrical - test and reset all ground fault circuit interrupter receptacles, check all extension cords
  • Weatherstripping & windows - check all caulking for separations and cracks, re-caulk
  • Fire extinguisher - place near kitchen, check charge

Once the snow has cleared, there are a few things you can do outside to help prepare for Spring:  

  • Gutters - clean out and make sure downspouts are clear & water flows freely
  • Roof - Clean any debris off your roof, especially the valleys and ridge vents. Also check for any missing or damaged shingles, cracked or missing chunks of tar, rubber or silicone and make any small roof repairs required now.
  • Garden - If you grow plants from seeds, it is definitely time to get them started (This can be done inside or outside in greenhouses or cold boxes.)

Buying some fresh flowers or a beautiful new plant will add a nice finishing touch to your refreshed space. Not only will they look pretty, they will also improve your general well-being—plants can improve indoor air quality, brighten your mood, and some believe they help boost your creative energy. Not a bad way to start the new season!

Tell us what other tips we missed, and check in next month for some more tips.