With the temperatures rising and flowers blooming, it's natural to crave a little spring update around the house. There are a handful easy and inexpensive things that you can do to spruce up your home this spring, while saving money and keeping your home fabulous! Whether it be cleaning out the pantry, or switching out old appliances for shiny new ones, spring fever has us ready to pack up the old, and refresh with the new!
- SHARPEN UP: Keeping your home in check requires the right tools. As you clear out the clutter and begin new home improvement projects, replace worn out tools with new ones.
- RESTOCK: From household cleaners to paper towels, make sure stock up on the right products you'll need to tackle every room in the house.
- UPGRADE AND SAVE: Older appliances can be noisy and run up your utility bill. Consider upgrading your appliances to save money in the long run.
- GET CRAFTY: Put a new spin on your décor by painting an old chair or dresser. Replace the knobs on drawers and cabinets to make your furniture look and feel brand new.
Tara Aronson is a mom of three, lifestyle expert, and the author of "Mrs. Clean Jeans' Housekeeping with Kids" (Rodale) and "Simplify Your Household" (Reader's Digest Publishing). She is a frequent guest on morning news programs and national television, including The Rachel Ray Show and CNNfn. She appeared on the cover of Woman's World in June 2004. Tara began writing for the San Francisco Chronicle's Home Section in 1995, specializing in cleaning tips, home design features and maintenance quick-fixes. From this, her monthly "Coming Clean" and "Quick Fixes" columns were born. "Coming Clean" was among the Home Section's most popular columns. "Mrs. Clean Jeans' Housekeeping with Kids" quickly followed Tara's first book "Simplify Your Household". Tara lives and writes in Los Angeles, California, and is always on the lookout for great new ways to simplify family living, and innovative new products and cleaning and organizing strategies to help make living easier. Her goal is to have an organized, clean life at home - so she and her family can enjoy life outside of it together as often as possible