What perfect timing for the weather to change! With the kids home for March Break, you can send them outside now to play. That’s a far cry better than having them underfoot whining that they are bored every five minutes. If you are anything like me, you will want to be out there with them attempting to soak up the warmth and any scraps of sunshine that can be stolen. It is amazing how pasty our sun-deprived Canadian bodies can get over the course of a winter! No matter, there  are lots of little jobs that can be tackled outdoors this week now that the freezing days of winter have finally fled (at least for now hopefully!). What do you have on your to-do list this spring? Why not think about crossing a few of these seasonal projects off your list;


  • When the mercury rises above zero, and stays that way, you can think about turning the water back on for your outside taps. Uncoil your hoses from storage and make sure that there was no winter damage to anything. Check your connections and replace washers as necessary. Note that now is the time to replace old or broken nozzles to begin the season on the right foot.
  • Pulling the hose out might have you in mind of giving your weather-beaten vehicle a bit of a bath. It certainly deserves to have some of the winter road grime washed away. While you are at it, why not grab the vacuum and give your ride a good once over inside and out. Vacuum the carpets, wipe down the dash and erase the layer of dust from your windows. You will feel like you are driving a brand new vehicle when you step into your new clean car!
  • As I have faith that snow storms are gone for the season, I remind you that you can also think about taking the snow tires off of your sparkling new vehicle. Positive thoughts breed positive reactions, so bring on your summer wheels!
  • For all the grime that has been washed off your vehicle’s windows, there is even more of it on your home’s windows. It might feel like a dirty job, but after washing the windows in your house, you will be amazed at how much more light will filter into your home. If you want to tackle the job of cleaning your windows in an environmentally friendly way, try this natural cleaning product;
    • 2 Cups water
    • 1/4 Cup white vinegar
    • 1/2 Teaspoon liquid dish soap
      • Put ingredients in a labelled spray bottle & spritz away! While paper towels work to wipe, newspaper won’t leave lint behind like towels sometimes do. Another options is microfibre cloths, but the squeegee is probably your best environmental choice. FYI: The soap will help prevent streaking
  • After all that work, you probably just want to sit and absorb some of the Spring sun. There is one more task you will have to tackle before you can relax though and that is pulling out your patio furniture that you stored away in the Fall. Give your chairs a once over to remove any dirt and dust that accumulated over the course of the winter. The solution above will do the trick here as well! Now sit back, relax and relish the return of the sun!