With the first official day of spring around the corner on Tuesday (March 20), it’s that time of year to think about transitioning your household out from its winter hibernation. Even though our mild winter had random days teasing us for springtime, now is really the time to think about the new season. Spring is fresh, new and cleansing, so take some time to do the same for your home.

Here are some easy ideas and some intensive ideas to get ready for spring:

Dust Bunnies - Before you turn on that ceiling fan, wipe the dust off the blades. You wouldn’t want to fling that dust around your room. Also, take time to dust high cabinets and baseboards. Dust and dirt collect high and low, then it especially kicks up when the air starts moving in your home. Moving the dust around may affect allergies, so be cautious about your dust bunny collection.

Replace Air Filters - When you need to replace your air filters really depends on what kind you use. However, it is safe to say that it’s best to do this every three months. Air filters will trap dust and allergens, but you must discard the old one to keep a fresh air flow in your home.

Clear Clutter - Most everyone has a junk drawer or junk closet or maybe even, a junk room. Now is the best time to go through your stuff and reduce your junk. If it feels overwhelming, ask a friend to help you, especially one that may want to take home some of your so-called “treasures.” Before you donate all of your junk, take a second look to make sure you won’t need any of it later or maybe you can reuse/repurpose some of it.

HVAC Check-Up - Once a year or every other year, have your HVAC inspected by a professional to ensure its efficiency. Preventative maintenance will be key to a healthy HVAC system.

Closet Cleanse - Turn your hangers around to be backwards on the closet rod. When you wear something, hang it back up the normal way. After about 4-6 months, the clothes that are still turned backwards, you should remove because you obviously don’t wear those clothes. Donate those clothes to a local charity or try selling them to a consignment/thrift store.

Make Your Own Green Cleaning Supplies - Why invest in chemical-based products, when you can make your own? Most of your home can be cleaned with simply a combination of water, baking soda, washing soda, white distilled vinegar, and/or some liquid detergent. Yes, you can buy green cleaning products, but you can also make it the old fashioned way, too. For a list of recipes, check out the following links:

Wash Windows - Such a labor-intensive chore, but well worth it to brighten up your home and eliminate more dust. Around the same time, check your windows for air leaks and make necessary repairs to prevent losing energy via cracks.

Plants, Plants, Plants - Nothing says spring like greenery and flowers, so add some plants to your landscaping or inside your home. Indoor plants last all four seasons. Plants also decrease stress and increase productivity and you must admit, sometimes we all need a little positive boost.

Chemical Clean-Out - When was the last time you looked in your cabinets or garage and sorted through your household chemicals? Do you really know what you have or how old it is? The Horry County Solid Waste Authority hosts a Collection Day for Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month at its facility located at 1886 S.C. 90 in Conway. All chemicals are accepted regardless of age or condition for free if brought in by county residents. However, businesses and contractors must be able to dispose of their own chemicals through environmental services companies and they can call the Horry County SWA for more information. On Saturday, the SWA will host a “Spring Greening” event in partnership with the Clemson Extension Service to help residents properly dispose of chemicals.

Catch Some Rays - Winter blues stems from being cooped up inside for weeks without sunshine. Take some time out in the sun and soak up that essential Vitamin D. Feel invigorated and refreshed, especially when that frigid air starts to disappear. For more about natural Vitamin D health, check out this article from U.S. News & World Report.

 

 


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Originally from Virginia, Jennifer C. Sellers is passionate about sustainability and conservation in South Carolina and throughout the world. She earned her BA in English from Coastal Carolina University and her MAS in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver. She is a university sustainability coordinator that implements programs and teaches people about going green and being sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @MyGreenGlasses

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  1. NC-BFF on March 15, 2012

    I have lots of hangers that should be turned backwards :) Good idea

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