Reclaim valuable real estate. Clean and store winter tools and sports gear. Make warm-weather gear more accessible.Donate or pack away your winter clothes to save space. — Photo courtesy of Ingram Publishing/iStock
Get snug as a bug. Pack up heavy winter clothes in pest-proof bags and containers. Toss in a cedar bar.
Pay it forward. Donate winter clothing you didn't wear this season. You won't wear it next year either.
Purge the pantry. Toss expired food and clean the shelves.
Give the car the once-over. Clean out the trunk and back seat. Use a basket to hold traveling trunk items.
End the deep freeze. Empty the freezer and make sure to label and date each food item. Throw out anything more than 6 months old.
Filter it out. Replace (or clean) any furnace, vacuum, HVAC system and air-purifier filters. Write the date of replacement on the edge.
Air out your differences. Wash winter sheets, blankets and comforters. Use vacuum bags or containers for airtight storage. Throw in a fabric softener sheet or a sock with a few drops of essential oils for freshness.
Pay it forward. Donate magazines and books you've read to the library, senior center or hospital.
Put a spring in your step. Take inventory of gardening supplies and plants that survived winter. Create a nursery shopping list andenjoy spring!