As winter fades to a memory, now is a great time to start thinking about improving your home for the warmer months to come. Traditionally, the spring has been a time to clean out items accumulated over the course of the past year, but it’s also a great time to make some more permanent changes to your property. Sometimes with just a minor investment, you can make a dramatic change while also taking advantage of better weather and more sunlight.
If a room in your house is starting to look dated, a fresh coat of paint can do a lot to liven it up without spending a lot of money. Between primer, brushes, rollers and the paint you plan to use, don’t expect to spend more than a couple hundred dollars for a medium sized room. Use blue painter’s tape to make the job a little easier or to add some accents to your work. If you have kids who are old enough, getting them involved can be a great way to turn your project into a family activity.
Plant a Vegetable Garden
Head down to your local garden center and buy some seeds or seedlings for your favorite vegetables – tomatoes, spinach, squash, beets, carrots – and find a sunny spot in your yard to create your very own vegetable garden. Consider using some inexpensive or reclaimed lumber to build raised beds, and keep critters at bay with some simple fencing. Growing your own vegetables can be a great way to lower your grocery bill and teach your kids about nutrition.
Clean out Your Pantry
We all buy food that sits in our pantry or refrigerator. Take this opportunity to reorganize your supplies and eliminate any expired food. If it’s non-perishable, you may still be able to donate it to a local food bank. But if you’re in doubt about food safety, err on the side of caution and throw it out. Don’t forget to go through your spice rack or cabinet, which sometimes holds seasonings that are long past their expiration dates. Pantries often get overlooked when we clean, so while you have everything out, give it a good scrub.