Your melancholy winter outlook may have been the responsibility of what you were looking out of -- dirty windows. Winter storms can leave a nasty film on the glass; much like slushy, nasty roads can make your tires look gross.
2. Get Those Leaves Out of the Gutter
3. Sort It Out-Uncluttering the Cluttered
After all, the biggest need for many people is storage space. Installing cabinets, shelves, racks and hooks may help create more storage. Use boxes, baskets and old storage containers for things such as paints, screws, nails, etc.
And when you find that weird key that doesn't fit any of your locks, old electrical wires or things you think you want to keep "just in case", you should find a junk box for those too.
4. Identify Your Weak Areas
Want to avoid spending the day after your leaf-raking spectacular with a sore back? Switch sides while you're raking (we can all be somewhat ambidextrous for a day) and don't twist your torso so much. If you're tossing leaves over your shoulder, you need to quit that, too -- your body doesn't use those motions on a daily basis, so avoid the icepacks and ibuprofen tomorrow by working smarter not harder.
6. Roll It On
7. Wash the Winter Blues Away
After a hard winter, your home sweet home may be in need of more of a scrub than rain can truly provide. Spring might be a good time to look into pulling out that pressure washer to wipe away all the dirt and grime. Certain kinds of siding can't take the pressure, as this may cause peeling paint, so make sure you've got the right type and you can rock and roll. A pressure washer can also come in handy for greasy driveways and wooden decks -- just check to see that you've got the right amount of pressure for each job.
8. Separate the Weeds from the Blooms
9. Getting Down to the Essentials
10. Rinse and Re-staining
Everybody likes fungus on the deck! Oh wait, just kidding no one likes that -- or mildew, dirt or weather-beaten areas for that matter. It's tempting to just bleach the whole thing, but don't give in.
Pressure wash the deck and -- this is easy enough -- use an actual deck-cleaner solution. When you're done with all the washing, it's time to re-stain. There are finishes and colors a-plenty, so you’ll be able to find whatever it is you desire.
Tip: Look for something with a protective finish to repel water and UV rays.