The sight of colourful daffodils and bright snowdrops is an uplifting indicator that spring is right around the corner. It’s a season for us all to revitalise and make a fresh start by cleaning out the gubbins of the previous year from our lives. Now’s the time to take advantage of the warmer, drier weather and do some DIY inside and outside of the house. Take a look around your home – are there any little jobs that have been niggling away at you all year? No more “I should probably get around to that at some point” excuses! Galvanise yourself into action with these easy DIY tasks that will get you ready to face the rest of the year.
Repaint, redecorate, refurbish
The warmer weather makes spring an excellent time for maintenance tasks around the home that involve lengthy drying times. Re-sealing and maintaining woodwork outside is a great place to start as fences and decking will have endured all of the worst conditions winter could muster. Similarly, it’s a good time to touch up any metalwork that may have chipped and corroded in the wet weather.
Refurbishing old or scuffed furniture with a new coat of varnish can give your home interiors a new vibrancy and will also ensure they’re a little more protected against general wear and tear. Another favourite spring DIY activity is repainting rooms that are badly in need of a makeover. Redecorating with brighter, fresher colours can really open up your home, making spaces feel larger than they are.
Landscape your garden
If you’re not a big gardening fan, the prospect of landscaping can be a little dispiriting. Completely overhauling the look of your garden is a big task, especially if it’s gotten a little wild and out of control, so it helps to have a plan in place before you start. Take the time to think about how you want your garden to look, what elements you want to incorporate into it and how it’s going to work for you. Draw your ideas down if you have to – it’ll give you a much better idea of how much space you’re working with.
Decide what plants you’re going to have now because spring is the ideal sowing season for many flowers and vegetables. Careful planning means you could be enjoying an abundant harvest of lovely home-grown veg in summer and autumn. Spring is also a great time to encourage wildlife back into your garden by planting bee-friendly plants and flowers. Insect houses, nest boxes and feeders will help support your local wildlife and make it a much more lively and exciting place to spend your time. Committing to a large landscaping project isn’t always appropriate if you’ve only got a bank holiday or two to get things done, but in this case even some weeding and cutting back can make a huge difference to your garden’s appearance.
Take care of your central heating system
March seems set to look a little chilly, but as temperatures climb up into the double digits, it at least looks like we may be able to dial back our heating. Our central heating systems work hard to keep us warm through the winter months so take the time this spring to give it a little love. If some of your radiators have felt a tad cold when you’ve had your heating on, it’s possible that they need bleeding. Bleeding your radiators to get rid of any air will ensure your system is in tip-top condition and working as efficiently as possible. If you’re already in the full flow of a painting and decorating frenzy, why not give any scuffed or chipped radiators a new lick of paint – they’ll definitely brighten up the room.
Update your heating – is it as efficient as it could be?
Having just finished the coldest months of the year, now is as good time as any to assess your current heating method. If you’ve just had your latest energy bill and it’s looking a little grim, it might be time to update your heating system to something more energy efficient. Those with older models of electric heater could stand to benefit a lot from updating to newer electric radiators. As the energy industry is constantly innovating and improving, current-gen electric radiators are designed to be remarkably more energy-efficient and come with various additional functions for extra user convenience.
Modern electric radiators now have precision digital thermostats, which means they’re much more accurate compared to older models and won’t waste energy by overheating. Where some older heaters only provide basic on/off functionality, current electric radiators have sophisticated programmers which allow users to schedule their heating around their lifestyles. Not only does this ensure that your home is always warm when you need it, it also means you’ll never need to worry about forgetting to turn your heating off when you leave the house – your radiator will take care of it for you. Upgrading to a more energy efficient model is always a good idea if you feel that your current heaters haven’t been pulling their weight over the cold season.
Decluttering the dark corners of the home
Unless you run a tight ship, it’s highly likely that you have some area of your home that’s used as a dumping ground for all of the bric-a-brac that accumulates as time goes by. Prime locations for clutter mines are cupboards under staircases, garages, lofts and sheds; all full of objects abandoned for years without even a second glance. When you start an in-depth declutter session, you’ll find things you barely even remember owning: almost-new equipment from fad hobbies, mouldy camping gear, old disused furniture, and legacy toys and games that have been passed down through generations.
A good rule of thumb for decluttering is if you haven’t used something in two years, you most likely don’t need it in your life, so try not to let sentimentality prevent you from having a clean and tidy home. You might find that a lot of the objects you unearth are still relatively presentable or could have a second life as something else. Old furniture can be easily upcycled and sold on, if you’ve got the time and inclination to tidy it up a bit. Some rusted tools can also be salvaged with a little bit of care, and even if you don’t need it yourself, it might still be useful to someone you know. Now that the weather is improving, you could take some of your decluttered loot to a car boot sale for a nice day out, or alternatively just list them online.
Hopefully, these DIY tips have inspired you to enjoy the transition into spring and given you some food for thought when it comes to sprucing up the house. Whatever DIY you decide to take up this March, try to make the most of the clement weather and blue skies while they last!