5 Spring Cleaning Projects

Have you looked out your window today? It is BEAUTIFUL outside! Take advantage of these lovely, warm spring days to take on some spring cleaning projects!

  1. Clean out your closet! Do you have coats that made it through winter without getting any wear? Maybe it’s time to donate them or resell them! Why just limit yourself to clothing? Check your kitchen cupboards for gadgets that never get used or plates that don’t fit your taste anymore. Make room in your home and maybe even make some extra cash!
  1. Give your deck a makeover! Get ready for summer barbeques by sprucing up your yard or patio. Wash deck furniture from last year and clear your outdoor area of yard debris. Give your yard some TLC while you’re at it! Take on that garden or landscaping project you’ve been dreaming of all winter and enjoy it all summer long.
  1. How is your carpet holding up? It’s a good idea to deep clean carpet at least once a year to eliminate dust and dirt buildup. Bring in a pro to take on the task, or if you are feeling ambitious, you can rent equipment to do it yourself.
  1. Spring is a great time to check on your gutters. Make sure they are not loose or leaky and clear them of debris. If it’s been a while since your gutters have had an inspection, hire a professional to come take a look.
  1. An annual roof inspection is always a great idea and spring is an excellent time to do it. Winter can be hard on a roof with driving rain and wind, but that damage can be made worse by the hot summer sun. Check that your shingles are in good shape to weather the upcoming heat!

Spring cleaning

Why Garden?

It’s spring in Portland!  It’s warming up and all sorts of plants are poking their heads out to see if it’s warm enough to start growing.  For those who garden, you have most likely already started planning what to put in the ground this year and maybe even started a few seeds!  What are the benefits of creating space for a garden, you may ask?  Well let me tell you:

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A lovely spring garden

  1. Gardening is great for you health!  From the physical exercise planting and maintaining your garden, to the nutritious fruits and vegetable they produce, gardening is a great way to stay in good physical shape.  Gardening can reduce stress and be a great project for you and your family to work on together.
  2. If you are looking to add value to your property, a garden can be a great addition.  A well maintained garden can potentially increase the curb appeal of your home.  It’s a great way to put your own personal touch on the landscaping of your property.
  3. Having a garden can has a positive impact on the environment! A well groomed lawn and healthy plants can reduce urban pollutants around your property.
  4. You don’t need acres of land or even a yard to start your own garden!  Plants can happily grow when potted or contained as long as they are well tended to and maintained.
  5. The final product!  What’s better than enjoying a tomato that you cultivated and nurtured from the seed to your table?  Knowing the source and quality of the food you feed your family is reason enough to start your garden!

Why do you garden?  What would you add to this list?