How to Prep Your Home for Spring: From Garden to Garage, What You Need to Do

Natural cleaners
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Spring has sprung! Translation: You're gonna lose an hour of sleep in the morning, and your to-do list just got really long. Here's a quick refresher of what needs to happen now that the sun is finally out.

In the Garden

Set the stage for the blooms to come.

Watering succulent garden
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  • Bring potted plants back outside
  • Prep the vegetable garden, if you have one
  • Backfill any low-lying areas in the yard with extra soil
  • Trim back any broken limbs
  • Aerate your lawn, and reseed bare spots

Around the house

See what damage winter hath wrought.

Home exterior
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  • Clear out the rain gutters
  • Spray down the siding on your house
  • Wash exterior windows — or better yet, hire someone
  • Spray down window screens, and repair any that have broken
  • Inspect your foundation — now is the time to fix cracks, clear vents and check for mold
  • Inspect any concrete slabs around the house, reseal if necessary
  • Inspect — and fix — your roof
  • Spray down decks and patios
  • Check all the outside faucets
  • Have the air conditioning unit serviced
  • Replace your doormats

Inside the house

This is elite, marathon-level purging and cleaning. You ready?

Carpet Cleaner DIY
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  • Deep clean your carpet and rugs. When in doubt, hire someone
  • Ditto: cloth furniture
  • Deep clean the fridge. Yes, take everything out. Purge anything that's expired.
  • Defrost your freezer, if necessary
  • Deep clean your window treatments. Yes, the window treatments!
  • Blinds get a wipe-down. Drapes can be laundered. Shades can be spot cleaned.
  • Wash interior windows
  • Scrub the walls, including the baseboards
  • Replace your filters, all of them — air filters, water filters, dryer filters
  • Test and replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Deep clean your pantry
  • Deep clean the oven and microwave
  • Deep clean the dishwasher. Think: vinegar
  • Clean the washing machine
  • Soak shower heads and removable faucet fixtures to get rid of limescale
  • Move and clean behind all of your appliances
  • Reseal grout
  • Wipe down indoor plants
  • Flip and clean your mattress
  • Launder your pillows and duvet
  • Swap winter linens for lighter-weight options
  • Make a list of any house repairs — then tackle it, one by one
  • Purge, purge, purge, purge, purge
  • Sell or donate any winter clothes that went unworn
  • Give your drawers the Marie Kondo treatment
  • Get rid of old beauty samples, expired medicine and anything else clogging up your medicine cabinet
  • As you prep for taxes, purge your files
  • While you're at it, purge your old digital files and back up anything important
  • Swap out dark or drab accessories for something shiny and new

Garage

Your tools need a little love as well.

Copper Pipe Tool Organizer DIY
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Laura Lambert

Laura Lambert

Laura Lambert is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor who covers lifestyle, design, and women's health.