May is the perfect time to prepare your home, inside and out, for more time outdoors. The suggestions below may help you get your home ready: Image

Clean or replace door mats. A new entry mat outside and a fresh, colourful rug inside make for a cheery entrance.  If your mats are still in good shape, shake them out well outdoors and spot clean. 

Touch up paint. Try out a fresh new interior colour, give the trim a glossy new coat or simply fill holes and touch up chipped spots. 

Freshen up items on open shelves.  Items that you don’t use often can gather a crazy amount of dust and grime if they are stored on open shelves in the kitchen. Give each piece a quick wash in a tub of warm, soapy water. Rinse and allow everything to dry before replacing. 

Put in screens & screen doors. Get ready for warmer days by hanging screen doors at every entrance. Put the screens back in your windows if you take them out for the winter. Now is the perfect time to check for holes and tears.  

Service air conditioners & change furnaces filters. Replace filters in window units, and if you have central air conditioning, get it professionally serviced. 

Clean the washer and dryer.  Run the washer with a few cups of white vinegar on the hottest setting to clean it, or run the cleaning cycle on it if it has one.  Scrub inside the lid/door of the washer and remove lint from the dryer hose. 

Launder curtains and slip covers. Toss machine-washable items in the washer and take the rest to the dry cleaner, or hand wash and air dry them. If you don’t want to iron curtains, try hanging them up while they’re still slightly damp. Their own weight should help the wrinkles fall out within a day or two. 

Stain decks and fencing. Protect your wood and prepare for a season of outdoor lounging by washing decks and wood fences thoroughly and giving them a fresh coat of stain.

Clean the grill. Uncover your grill and give the grates a good scrubbing to get ready for barbecue season. 

Maintain and repair garden paths. Create neat edges, fill in gravel paths with fresh gravel and replace or reposition broken stepping stones. 

Check irrigation systems and hoses. Turn on the irrigation system and take a walk through your yard to make sure everything is working properly. Make adjustments and repairs as needed. 

Clean out the shed and garage. This is a biggie! Divide the job over several weekends and plan a yard sale at the end to get rid of excess stuff. 

Enhance curb appeal. Small changes like swapping out house numbers and refreshing window box plantings can make a big impact.  

So now you can sit back and enjoy the good stuff — barbecues with family and friends, a gentle breeze flowing through the screen door or the simple pleasure of sitting on your porch reading a good book.