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84870033Despite a winter that has overstayed its welcome, spring actually began yesterday, March 20. Even though there may still be snow on the ground, it’s time to start thinking about spring cleaning to welcome in the new season.

For the home:

Dreams of home improvement often come with warmer weather, but deciding on a project and a contractor can be daunting. The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation want to make it easier with this guide to home improvement. And if you’re buying any new appliances, consider purchasing an energy efficient unit to reduce your energy bills.

Homeowners are not the only ones who can benefit from making improvements around the house this spring, renters and owners alike can learn how to save energy and resources by making small adjustments, like switching to more energy efficient light bulbs. Check out energy.gov for tips on maintaining a more energy efficient home.

Spring maintenance doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking. Just clearing away cobwebs, opening storm windows, and organizing that junk drawer are great places to start. The Office of Coastal Zone Management has tips on using eco-friendly cleaning supplies to minimize the impact on your family and the environment. Remember that dress that you just knew was going to come back in style or the sports equipment you never really use? Give them new life by recycling or donating them.The Department of Environmental Protection provides a list of organizations that accept used items.

For the garden:

Once you’ve reduced the clutter in your home, focus your energy on the outdoors! Interested in planting a garden? The Office of Coastal Zone Management offers tips on spring planting that will inspire your green thumb. Consider starting a home composting program to support your plants and reduce waste, or maybe get ready for April showers by building a rain garden.

For your mind/body:

Rejuvenating your frame of mind is just as important as sprucing up your home and garden. After months of being indoors, get out for some fresh air and activity, and explore your surroundings. If you are in the Greater Boston area, spend some time getting to know the Charles River Basin.  The Charles River offers many fun springtime activities to stretch your muscles and get your endorphins flowing. If you aren’t near the Charles, visit the Department of Conservation and Recreation to find a state park near you!

 

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