The weather is slowly getting warmer and the days are slowly getting longer. Spring is coming! While you can’t hurry the seasons of nature, you can get ready now to fully embrace spring once it does finally arrive. Save yourself the aggravation and time by getting a jump start on things you can do now, to get ready for the approaching spring.
1 | Plan Your Garden
If you haven’t started your garden plans yet, now is the time! Even if you are an apartment dweller like me, it’s good to sit down and figure out what you can and want to grow. Herbs are always a choice as they can be grown in a pot or in your garden and they are very tolerant of a variety of growing conditions. Of course there’s also the old standbys of tomatoes, lettuce, and peas. All good choices, but what varieties will you grow? Will they be heirlooms? Organic? Will you start seeds or buy plants? The time to plan is now!
Need some inspiration? There’s a Pinterest Board for that!
2 | Start Your Seeds
Yes, another tip for the gardeners. Have you started your seeds yet? Will your little babies be ready to go in the ground once it’s free from frost and freeze warnings are a thing of the past? Planning your garden takes time, but so too does starting your seedlings. Don’t wait, especially if you live in a warmer area. The time for planting your seedlings will soon be here, make sure they are ready to go.
3 | Plan Your Spring Cleaning
What will you clean this spring? Do you have everything you need to do it? If not, what will you need? Start building your cleaning supplies now, and if you’ve been thinking of transitioning to green cleaning, now is the time to do it.
4 | Scope Out The Local Farmer’s Markets
Warm weather and growing things means farmer’s market time! While some farmer’s markets do operate all winter, not all do, and they might end up changing locations once the weather is nice again. So now is the time to discover what your local farmer’s markets are up to. No idea where one is? Find one near you!
5 | Review Your Spring Wardrobe
It’s time to start putting away the heavy sweaters and start dressing for warm weather! That means it’s time to make sure all those spring/summer clothes of yours made it through the winter and still fit! That means it’s also the perfect time to consider donating or selling your old, disused, clothing to a consignment shop!
6 | Vehicle Maintenance
Vehicle maintenance should be a year round thing, but giving your vehicle a good spring checkup is a good idea too! Now is the time to take off the snow tires (after the last snowfall of course!), and put on your all season tires. Making sure your vehicle is in good repair not only saves you in future repair bills but helps it run as efficiently as possible. Things like the correct tire pressure, and getting all the junk out of your trunk all help your vehicle, no matter what it is, get better fuel economy.
7 | Seasonal Recipes
What’s one of the best things about spring? All the fresh produce of course! So if you want to make use of it, it’s time to brush up on your favorite seasonal recipes or learn some new ones! Because, spring would not be complete without some strawberry shortcake or a fresh spring green salad!
8 | Energy Audit
Is your home energy efficient? Did you fight leaky doors or windows all winter, letting in cold drafts and driving up your heating bill? Well they won’t get any better by themselves, so it’s time to take care of them now, before summer hits. Your summer cooling bill will be much lower if you take steps now to ensure your home is draft free now, instead of waiting until the first heat wave arrives.
9 | Enjoy The Season
Spring is great, but late winter has it’s own charm. Don’t get too far ahead of yourself, so you miss the changing seasons happening before your very eyes. Enjoy the last vestige of winter, once the first heat wave hits you’ll be longing for the cooler weather. The future will come soon enough, so take the time to enjoy the present and all February has to offer.
10 | Rest
I don’t know about you, but spring seems to be the herald of the busiest part of the year. There’s vacations, holidays, events and activities all clamoring for attention. Winter is a time for rest, so take advantage of this restful period of time before the fresh energy of springs sweeps you up into a flurry of activities. No matter how busy the rest of your year is, remember to always take time to take care of yourself to keep your own energy up.
Are you looking forward to spring? What are you doing to prepare for the end of winter and the return of spring?