Springtime is traditionally a time for renewal, a time for reevaluation and new starts. For a lot of people, that means spring cleaning, a new hairstyle and maybe a mad dash to the gym to get ready for the upcoming swimsuit season. But there many other areas of your life that need to be renewed as well. Here are a few ideas to help you get organized and “spring forward” this month:
- Have your car serviced. After a winter of cold, harsh weather, there’s a good chance your car could benefit from an oil change and tune up. Have the air conditioner and radiator serviced to make sure you and your car don’t overheat during summertime travel.
- Give your house a deep cleaning. Help your house spring forward by paying attention to the areas of your home that are often overlooked during cleaning. Dust blinds and fan blades, deep clean carpets, and turn up your area rugs to clean under them. Clear out cabinets, and throw out expired medicines and spices that are a year old. Ditch the old cake mixes while you’re at it. Invest in some new, fresh bedding, and clean the old winter bedding before packing it away.
- Inspect the outside of your home for winter damage. Check around your foundation for signs of pest infestation, including burrows, tunnels or cocoons. Inspect windows for loose or missing caulk, and check trim for flaking paint that can leave wood exposed. Make a checklist of areas that need attention once the weather warms up.
- Clean up your yard. Rake your yard, and remove leaf litter and other debris, being careful not to uproot tender spring bulbs. Make a note of areas where grass appears sparse, and consider having your soil tested so you can make the adjustments your grass and other plants need to thrive. Also consider having your soil aerated, especially if it’s compacted. Have your mower serviced and blades sharpened and balanced now, before the spring rush.
- See the dentist. Spring is a good time to schedule a checkup and cleaning that can help ward off gum disease, the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the U.S. and a potential contributor to heart disease. While you’re in the chair, ask the hygienist for brushing and flossing tips to make sure you keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible.
- Review your insurance to see if you need a policy update. Make sure your coverage is up to date and reflects the most recent upgrades to your property. Ask your insurance agent about discounts for auto or property features like security alarms or smoke detectors or safe driver programs. Scheduling an annual policy update ensures you have proper coverage and you’re not paying for coverage you don’t need.
Follow these six tips, and you’ll be ready to “spring forward” to the warm months of summer feeling more organized and more relaxed.