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Refresh Your Porches for Spring

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It’s springtime!! Woo hoo!! It’s time to clean off the porches so they’re ready to greet your family and friends.  After a long winter, they need some good overhaul to be fresh and inviting!  Here’s what I do:

  1. Sweep off the whole area – porch, steps, and driveway.
  2. Dust the corners, and wipe down any furniture on the porch.
  3. Clean the glass door with glass cleaner. Do it when the sun isn’t shining on it – that will help prevent streaks.
  4. Look at your door mat.  If it looks weary, tired and dirty, replace it with a fresh, spring-y rug.
  5. Add a spring wreath.
  6. Add a little touch of something green.
  7. Add a garden flag or stepping stone

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One thing I love to do in spring and summer is walk through the garden area at Lowe’s!  I get so excited about adding flowers, herbs and all things green to my yard when it turns warm!  Though it is the time to get the front porch in shape, NOW is NOT the time to add annuals because we’re still dealing with dipping temperatures.

Remember that even if you don’t come in your front door, that’s what your guests will see first, so let it give them a grand welcome!

What will you do to make your porch inviting?

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Spring Cleaning Lists

FREE Printable Spring Cleaning Checklist - also great for getting your home ready to sell! Includes whole home, outdoors, kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms, and living room. Sping Cleaning is much more fun when you have a fun, colorful printable checklist!:
List from SouthernMelle.com 

March is a great time to begin to refresh your home for spring.  After a house has been closed up for the winter, it needs some deep cleaning, purging and refreshing. Fireplaces create grime on the inside windows, heat ducts create dust and people create clutter!  I started in this week with windows and was amazed at how dirty they were!  It made me determined to get things really clean again.  How about you?  Are you in the same  cleaning mode?

If you need help with what you might need to do, I’ve gathered some great lists I found on the Internet.  Find one that suits your home and needs, then print it off and work at it a little at a time so you won’t feel overwhelmed.  Give yourself a month to get it done. You might even make a target “finish” date and put a reminder on your calendar.

Ready?  Here they are:

Simply Stacie has a really thorough room-by-room list here.

Yet Another Mom Blogger has a PDF or electronic list you can get here .

Premeditated Leftovers has specifics in each room if you need a little more detail about what you need to do.

Passion for Savings has a color or black and white list you can print off.

Who else has the cleaning bug?

Lovingly,