Monday, April 14, 2008

Spring Cleaning

It is that time of year again, when the weather warms and the ritual of spring-cleaning begins. Across St. Charles, homeowners are packing items up for storage and beginning to take a look around their homes for other items that can be packed away, donated, disposed, or sold.

Spring is a good time to open the windows (which may need cleaned) and enjoy fresh air and natural light. The cool breezes of April can even inspire inside housework. Here are a few tips. Take a moment to change the air filter, replace burnt light bulbs and batteries in fire alarms. Check food and medicines for expired dates and dispose appropriately. If those honey-do jobs are calling to update carpet, fix the cabinets and so on, consider visiting open houses in the area for ideas on the latest trends in curtains, paint colors, flooring, countertops, and much more.

Neighborhood garage sales may also increase area traffic. Some easy curb appeal tips for any home includes trimming the grass, trees, and shrubs, weeding the garden and flowerbeds. A fresh coat of paint on trim, shutters, and the exterior can rejuvenate a home.

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