Spring time is around the corner and it's usually a time when we like to enjoy the outdoors. Trips, playing outdoors with the kids or grandkids, biking, and gardening are all things that people enjoy during the spring months. The last thing you want to do is to be cooped up indoors performing household maintenance chores. But there are plenty of DIY quick-fixes and repairs you can bang out in 15 minutes or less, and still have plenty of time to get outside and enjoy the springtime.
Are your windows tough to open? This can happen with older windows after years of use and abuse. Whether they're double hung windows or sliding windows, you can use silicone to make opening easier. Get a can of silicone spray lubricant, spray onto a cloth, and wipe the silicone along the tracks. This will work for vinyl windows as well as metal and wood windows, and also works for sliding glass patio doors.
Do you have areas of wallpaper that are peeling? Gather some simple supplies to fix the areas - a putty knife, wallpaper paste, a sheet of writing paper, and a clean cloth. Using the knife, apply some wallpaper paste to the sheet of paper and place it along the underside of the peeling wallpaper, pressing against the wall. Slide out the writing paper and smooth away any wrinkles or bubbles with a cloth. Is your bathtub stained from age or hard water? Mix up equal amounts of cream of tartar and baking soda, then add lemon juice to make a paste. Rub it into the stained areas with a soft cloth, then rinse well with water after a half hour. It'll look almost as good as new!
Do you have linoleum floors in your kitchen or bathrooms? Chances are they're scuffed up. To easily remove the scuffs, use a bit of white toothpaste (not gel paste) to rub out the scuffs. If you have grout between any tiles in your bathroom that is stained, you can hide the variations in grout color by darkening them with a grout colorant. Do any of the doors inside your home swing open or closed on their own? Your hinges could be misaligned. Remove one of the hinge pins and place it on a sturdy surface like a work bench. Take a hammer and strike the midpoint of the hinge pin. This will bend the pin just slightly, so once you replace it back into the hinge it will provide just enough resistance to keep the door where you want it.
Pick one or two quick-fix DIY projects each weekend. You'll quickly improve the look and function of various areas of your home, with plenty of time to spare to get out there and enjoy everything that summer has to offer!