The "It's Almost Spring" Home Refresh Plan

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Do you feel that lightness creeping into the air? The days are getting longer. Even though it's still crazy-cold 'round these parts, we're springing into action to get our indoor spaces all set so when the thermometer does crack freezing we'll be ready to get outside asap. Here are some anticipatory pre-spring tasks you can do while still staying toasty warm.

1. Clean the Kitchen — You've been hibernating all winter with heavy stews and pantry staples but it'll soon be the season of bright, fresh and crisp food. Get your kitchen ready for a re-start with a deep clean (don't forget the fridge!).

2. Lighten up your linens — It's not quite time to switch out those flannel sheets, but digging out your warm-weather linens now will give you a chance to take stock, replace what needs it and perhaps pick up a new set for spring. Hint: Before storing your heavy winter quilts, make sure they're clean and completely dry.

3. Buy something colorful — It doesn't have to be a big splurge, but even a new framed print or a bright patterned pillow will make you and your home feel cheerful during the last bleak stretch of winter. Worth it!

4. Wash the windows — Your windows have been bombarded by rain and snow for months so get them ready to let in all the gorgeous springtime light that's (hopefully) mere weeks away.

5. Bring in something alive — Flowers are great. A plant is perfect. Anything fresh and alive will get your mind in springtime mode. Black thumb? Check out this guide for long-lasting, easy care plants that you won't kill by spring.

6. Take stock of your closet — You want to be ready when that first warm day arrives, so dig out all your warm weather clothing and sort through it. Take care of repairs or dry cleaning now and figure out which spring pieces you need to buy this year. Need help being ruthless? Here are some tips for paring down.

7. Clean your ceiling fans — It happens every year: the first time we turn on the fan we're showered with a six-month accumulation of dust. Clean those blades while you're stuck inside anyway so when you're warm enough to need a breeze (ahhh if only), you'll be all set.

8. Consider your curtains — Thick, heavy curtains are great for preventing drafts and insulating your home in the winter months, but come spring, consider lightening up. Changing your curtain panels to something light, bright or airy is an easy and inexpensive way to give your entire room a mini spring makeover. Start shopping now so you'll be all set when it's time to make the switch.

Turn your cabin fever into a productive plan and get a little closer to a glorious spring fling. Think warm, folks.

(Image credits: Lauren Naimola)

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Jennifer is the Assistant Editor at Apartment Therapy where she spends her days writing and thinking about decor, food and fashion in NYC. Not too shabby.