Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Nothing Says Spring Like Clean

The sun makes a comeback, the weather warms up, the snow begins to melt, you may even see a daffodil or two; these are just a few signs that spring is finally here. Our most previous post focused on obtaining curb appeal and ideas to spruce up the outside of your home. But what about the inside? Spring cleaning is another affirmation that the spring of the year is all about a new fresh start. Whether you love it or hate it, chances are after a long winter, your house needs it. The true origin of spring cleaning is unknown. In the Jewish culture spring cleaning coincides with the Passover. The Chinese spring clean to prepare for the New Year. No matter what your cultural affiliation it almost seems like we are wired to open the windows and get cleaning once spring is in the air. In fact, during the cold winter months our bodies produce more melatonin, which makes us sleepy. When we are exposed to more sun light we make less melatonin, adversely giving us more energy. Who wants to clean when you’re walking around half asleep every day? Whatever the reason behind it, the time has come. Let’s get organized, dust, dirt, and spot free!
One of the biggest obstacles to overcome when you are ready to begin spring cleaning is knowing where to start; junk drawers, closets, cabinets, basements, or, dare I say it… gasp… the garage? There is so much ground to cover that it can easily become overwhelming. The best way to succeed in anything is to set obtainable goals. Spring cleaning is no different. Do not expect that it will be done in a day, or even a week. If you are serious about eliminating the clutter and getting things in tip top shape then take your time. Big projects may take up an entire weekend to complete. There are a lot of ways to make spring cleaning easier on yourself. Just like nearly everything else we do in this day and age, technology has infiltrated the big clean. The internet is host to endless tips, tools, and suggestions on how to breeze through spring cleaning like nobodies business. One of the most helpful checklists we found was put together by the world’s ultimate home maker- Martha Stewart. Click here to find her Spring Cleaning checklist. She suggests tailoring the checklist to your individual situation and fosters the idea that it will take time to do it right. Spring cleaning checklists are handy and efficient, but don’t forget, the world is going mobile. If you can’t bring yourself to print out and physically check off your cleaning tasks, don’t fret, you have more options. Spring cleaning... yep, there’s an app for that! Here is a site that suggests several free and paid apps to help make spring cleaning more bearable.
In addition to finding organizational tips and tools for spring cleaning you can also find tons of ideas for green cleaning online. Using alternatives to traditional cleaners is a great idea, especially if you have children or pets in your home. Most store bought cleaners are made with bleach, ammonia, and other chemicals that can be harmful to your family. Going green with your spring clean is not only good for your family and the environment, but it’s also good for your wallet. You can save big bucks by making your own cleaners with things like lemon juice, making soda, and white vinegar. Here are some ideas and recipes for home-made green cleaners.

Whether you need help getting organized, going mobile, or going green with this year’s spring clean you can find a lot more ideas on Deep Creek Realty’s Pinterest Board dedicated to spring cleaning. Go ahead, get started, maybe you will be almost finished by the time the snow melts in Deep Creek!
Thanks for tuning in! Until next time… 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Springing into Spring Projects... Great Ideas for Easy Home Updates

In 10 days it will be officially official… Spring will be here! We have already made the switch in time, springing the clocks forward one hour. It is almost time to make the final leap. Although the big snow we experienced this week in Garrett County makes it easy to forget that warmer, sunny days are in our near future. Of course, as is typical here in the mountains, we are definitely not out of the woods yet. There is no doubt that we will see some more snow in March, and maybe even a little in April too. Despite what the snow to sun ratio will be, soon we will all be migrating outside, sprucing up the lawn, and healing the wounds winter left on our gardens!

 It is such an exciting time of the year, the opportunity to make things fresh and new is a wonderful feeling. We have a few ideas for some DIY outdoor projects that will not only get you ready to enjoy some fun in the sun, but also to liven up the outside of your home and create a little extra curb appeal. Making improvements to the outside of your home is great for many reasons. In the warmer months many of us spend as much outside as we do inside. If you are selling your home it is just as important for the outdoor area to be in good shape as it is for the rest of the house. Curb Appeal is so important in the housing market, after all, first impressions are everything right? What a buyer sees and thinks when they get out of the car and walk toward your home will likely set the tone for the rest of the showing. So do yourself a favor and impress them off the bat!
Curb Appeal improvements can be as simple as a fresh coat of paint on your front door, or as involved as a new walkway and front stoop. There is such a broad scope of projects to improve your homes outward appearance it can be overwhelming to choose… Luckily there are a lot of brush ups that can be done in only one day.

There is something very fulfilling about Do It Yourself projects. Not only do you have something you can be proud of when all is finished, but you can take pride in your accomplishments, having done it on your own. (Not to mention the money you will save!) The home is one place where DIY can reign supreme, especially when your home is on the sales or rental market. Small features and upgrades are what will bring your home from ordinary to extraordinary in no time at all.
For more great home upgrades and simple DIY projects visit our PinterestBoard dedicated to Curb Appeal and Outdoors!
Until next time…