Spring Cleaning Solutions

Springtime is a refreshing time of renewal. This is the time of year when we put the long winter behind us. It's the time of year when we start spending more time outside. This is also the time of year when we tackle spring-cleaning chores around the home. Here are some useful tips to get started with the garage.

Setting up Storage Space
If you have to let everyone out of the car before you park it in the garage, then spring-cleaning time could not have come too soon. Designate some space and clear out the clutter. The improved layout will renew the space and increase its usefulness. First, set up a recycling station and possibly a spare pantry for something like canned goods.

Bike Storage
Store your bikes in a place that will allow you easy access for the times when
   you want to use them. If you have to 'dig them out', you're going to be less likely
      to use them. Bikes can be suspended from support posts or rafters using
         steel hooks.

Sports Equipment
   If you have a garage full of sporting equipment like racquets,
      roller blades and beach toys, then consider using storage chest
         to keep the equipment organized and out of the way while
            providing a perch for removing muddy boots.

Garden Furniture
For a lot of homeowners, our garages also serve as a storage place for our garden and patio furniture. After a Winter season in storage, you'll want to bring them out and give them a little bit of a cleaning.

Here's a basic recipe for a yard friendly cleaning solution that you can use.

  • Mix 2 parts vinegar and 1 part baking soda
    with 4 parts water.
  • Apply with a sponge, scour, and wipe away.
  • Rinse the furniture down with the garden hose.

Some Spring
in Your Step!

Studies show that boosting your heart rate for just 20 minutes a day has tremendous health benefits. As the days get longer and the weather a little warmer, this is a perfect time to get outside for a little exercise.

Take a brisk 20 minute walk around the neighbourhood, walk to the corner store, or even go for a light jog. While you're out, don't forget to take in the emerging signs of Spring like crocuses and snow drops.

Raspberry Pomegranate Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups (375 ml) pomegranate juice
  • 2 cups (500 ml) frozen unsweetened raspberries
  • 2 cups (500 ml) low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt
Blend all 5 mins.

280 calories, 59 g carbs, 3 g fat,
7 g protein, 5 g fibre, 105 mg sodium

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