It’s hard to believe that Spring is around the corner with snow-covered lawns and chilly minus degree weather but it’s true! Spring is almost here!
Before we throw all our winter gear into a box and bid adieu, the transition from Winter to Spring, especially during March, can be tricky. Many may also feel unprepared (although I’ve dusted off my patio furniture weeks back in anticipation!).
Easy Spring Prep Tips
Here are a few easy tips to make your Winter to Spring transition effortless:
1) Declutter and Freshen Up
Open up those windows, grab those dust mops, and let’s freshen up! Now is the perfect time to start your spring cleaning.
It’s crazy how much dust accumulates in the home during Winter with all the closed windows and dry air from the heating system. Revitalize the home by opening some windows and dusting off surfaces and floors (don’t forget your ceiling fans and fireplaces!).
While you’re tidying and organizing, set aside lightly used items you no longer need. There’s no better feeling than reducing clutter and helping those in need while you do it!
2) Check Your Home Interior Systems
The fall and spring are the two most important times to review your home’s major HVAC – heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems. Right before the harsh climatic changes are going to occur. Ensure air filters have been replaced or cleaned and stock up on new air filters if you use disposable one. Check your air conditioner before the summer to ensure it is in good working order. If you need to have a service person look at it now, it will be a lot less expensive than 3 months from now.
3) From the Inside-Out
The outside of your home has taken more wear and tear from the harsh winter, than the interior so let’s not neglect the exterior. Walk around your home and examine caulking around windows and doors, as well as open windows and doors and look at weather stripping. Replace old or cracking caulk and replace weather stripping. Inspect the roof for broken or missing shingles, or tiles, and clean out gutters and downspouts at the same time.
4) Style Switch
Speaking of organizing, now is also the best time to slowly transition your wardrobe (and those of your family member’s). Get the lighter jackets, umbrellas and rain boots out and ready (yes, April showers brings May flowers), and start moving your lighter Spring wear to the front of your closets.
It’s a great time for parent’s like me to also see what clothing items and footwear no longer fit the kids this season (because they grow like weeds!).
5) Put a little Spring into your step!
Speaking of Spring footwear, it’s time to step into your spring shoes and get more active! Stroll comfortably this spring with Dr. Scholl’s Massaging Gel Insoles for all-day comfort, so you can take advantage of the warmer weather without getting tired feet. If you’re starting from scratch, start slow by increasing your steps. Make a list of things in the area you’d like to visit on foot so you have it handy when you’re looking for a fun weekend activities.
6) Survive the Sneezies
My youngest son calls them the “sneezies” after noticing my boisterous, incessant sneezing fits I had last Spring. What made it worse was that we were on the road for a long road trip on side roads (no stores in sight!). To say I was completely miserable for the next hour would be an understatement. Proof that spring prep for your health matters too!
If you’re like me and many, unfortunately as beautiful as this time of year is, it’s also better known as allergy season.
When there aren’t enough tissues to keep your nose from running, it’s time to break out some serious allergy relief. Aerius tablets are clinically proven to relieve 15 different allergy symptoms for up to 24 hours.
Another way to battle the “sneezies” during those family hikes or road trips? Try Claritin Rapid Dissolve for fast 24-hour relief of your indoor and outdoor allergy symptoms. The tablet dissolves instantly on the tongue, with no water needed – perfect for on the go!
Spring is the light at the end of the winter tunnel and with a little preparation your transition into the new season will be seamless! What are your own Spring prep tips? I’d love to hear them!
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