It’s still chilly out there but before you know it, the sun will be ablaze in all its glory. In said scenario, you won’t want to be caught in a bulky winter coat when you should be in a wetsuit, on a beach next to your kayak. Get ready to stow away your winter gear and prepare for spring and summer with this nifty checklist.
Clothing & Accessories
It’s time to swap out snow pants for your two-piece.
Bulky winter wear, including jackets, scarves, hats, mittens and thermal clothing of all family members need to go back neatly into storage boxes. Any kind of winter sports gear- from skis to snowshoes also need to go away. But do make sure that all clothing and accessories like ski goggles are clean and dry (put in some dryer sheets into your ski bag for extra care) before you stow them away. It’s a good idea to get ski and other winter clothing laundered before storing them. Ski boots need special care too- they need to be completely clean of any mud. Also inserting boot toasters overnight helps get rid of trapped moisture.
Your expensive gear will be out of action for some months, so best to make sure they are completely dry- especially the metal edges since you wouldn’t want them corroded. You know what helps? A coat of wax on the bases to protect them from humidity. Easy peasy!
First, take a day and give your closet a thorough cleaning. Any clothing items that are stashed away and basically forgotten in the far recesses of your closet need to be dealt with immediately. Haven’t worn that shirt for three years now? Time to donate to a local charity or pass it on to friends or relations who don’t mind hand-me-downs. Get rid of the old to make space for the new.
Gearing up to hit the soccer field, golf course or the beach? Here are a few things to keep in mind: Check all jerseys and practice clothes for dirt and grass stains and wash up. Clean up those cleats and shin guards- wet wipes are all you need really to do this. Has the leather on your shoes become stiff? Use some leather conditioner to get it all soft and pliable and game-ready.
The greens are calling! Clean your golf club heads with a toothbrush dipped in warm soapy water and dry. Do remember to check your grips for wear and tear.
Hopefully, it won’t snow by the time you are done with this checklist. But come May and we can safely assume that you needn’t scrape that white stuff off your windshield anymore.
Time for that trusty snow blower and all that comes with it – fuel cans and maintenance equipment, to retreat to the corner of your garage. Same goes for your snow shovels and multiple, humongous bags of salt. Did you throw up your hands last season and say “No more snowblower for me”? Chances are you invested in your own snow plow and attached it to your truck for maximum impact. Well, time to detach and use the truck for other delightful chores like transporting flower pots! Or maybe you were smart and hired a snow removal company to do this for you- no storage headaches here! Don’t forget to put back your patio heaters and fire columns into dry and clean storage.
You can finally see the ground now and it’s covered with stray branches, twigs and other riff-raff that’s come over to your yard from the neighbours. Clearing debris and dead, overgrown vegetation will revitalize the look of your yard and make room for new growth. Time to get your rakes, leaf blowers, weeders and that lawnmower out to the front row. Check to see if there are any remnants of fuel from last season in any of your equipment and get rid of it.
Sharpen the blades of your mower and remove any dirt, oil or grass stuck to it and also check on any wear and tear to your mower belts. Be sure to get any equipment serviced as stores get pretty busy just before spring season hits. With regards to your plants, remove those that did not survive the winter- this helps loosen the soil and as a result air, water and nutrients in the soil will be able to circulate freely.
Dust up your patio furniture- cleaning by hand, if there’s no major rusting or damage should be fine. And then it’s time to roll out that massive BBQ grill- you may commence planning the first outdoor party of the season!
Don’t forget to switch out your heavy fleece to lighter fabrics that are much more suited to warmer weather.
The constant freezing and thawing in the winter will have taken a toll on your pathways and driveways. Check them for cracks that need sealing or any other major damage to your concrete.
The advent of spring is also a gathering of the termites! Get professional pest control services to remedy this problem.
Unexpected rain showers and snow showers tend to manifest in little pools and puddles around your property- the perfect party zone for mosquitoes! Get rid of any such still water.
Pick up a hose and wash those grimy windows. It’s an hour on the weekend!
The end of winter is the perfect time to clean out your fireplace. But get a professional to do your chimney.
Check your sprinkler and irrigation systems and definitely check for any leaks on your outdoor taps and spouts.
This season has been turbulent with winter storms galore. Best get a roofer to check in on your roof.
Have any more spring home maintenance and improvement tips? Let us know in the comments!