Clean Out Clutter
Give yourself a head start on spring-cleaning by streamlining the contents of overloaded shelves and overflowing drawers. Get rid of items you no longer need. In your kitchen, toss out expired goods from the back of your cabinets or pantry, and then rearrange shelves by product. Reorganize a cluttered workbench or overcrowded storage cabinet to store items safely. Dispose of expired medications, and corral scattered supplies such as bandages and pain reliever into a DIY first-aid kit.
Replace Slippery Rugs
According to the National Safety Council, falls are the second-leading cause of accidental death in U.S. homes. Take steps to make your house a fall-free zone by removing worn area rugs. Or add a non-slip pad under each rug to give it a good grip underfoot.
Update Your Kitchen
Even if a major overhaul isn’t in the budget, you can still give your kitchen a new look with simple upgrades that won’t break the bank. Refresh cabinet doors with brand-new hardware, replace a faucet or the sink, add a pretty tile backsplash behind the sink or brighten your cupboards with a fresh coat of paint. Tip: Use a low-VOC paint, which has fewer toxins and associated health risks.
Get spring off to an early start by digging your green thumb into some indoor gardening. Season your meals with herbs grown in a pot right on your windowsill. Or start seedlings to transplant outdoors when warmer weather arrives. For best results—and to lessen the chance for plant disease or volunteer sprouting—start your seedlings in clean potting soil rather than soil from your garden.
Clean Your Dryer Vent
Proper maintenance is the key to preventing dryer fires. Always clean the lint trap after each dryer run. Another important way to keep your dryer from overheating is to regularly inspect the exhaust vent and clean out the built-up lint and debris. If your clothes are taking longer than usual to dry, this could be a sign that it’s time to clean the vent.