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Spring is in the air – and your home is in need of some proper post-winter attention.
Out with the coats and boots, and in with the fresh air. From house cleaning to storage solutions and services to update your home’s look and feel, here’s a rundown of the apps and companies you’ll want to check out as spring rolls around and you’re ready to bring back the “new year, new you” feeling that comes with the emergence of the sun.
Book a professional cleaning service to scrub away winter.
Cleaning apps like Handy will give you a discounted rate on your first multi-hour cleaning, which you can easily schedule via your phone. Check out sites like LivingSocial and Groupon for further deals on local cleaning services.
Because sometimes, having a professional scrub the sink is exactly the kickstart you need to get yourself in high-cleaning gear.
Get rid of all those bulky winter coats and boots with MakeSpace.
Short-term storage solutions like MakeSpace make it easy to clear out your closets of bulky, unseasonal items. Snow boots and ski parkas? Out the door. Heavy sweaters, mittens, and scarves? No need when the sun is shining.
MakeSpace drops off the pre-made boxes or containers you need straight to your door, then gives you 20 minutes to pack up before whisking them away to their storage facilities. They’ll send you a snap of your boxes when they’re in place, to confirm everything’s found a (temporary) home. You can schedule deliveries via their app when you’re ready to get your stuff back.
Prep for warm weather with an AC installation service.
Installing an air conditioner correctly can be extremely tricky – and dangerous if done improperly. But in hot, humid cities like New York, there’s no way to survive the sticky summer without them.
Take advantage of handymen-for-hire sites like TaskRabbit or Handy to book a professional who can make sure your AC is set up appropriately – and isn’t in danger of falling onto unsuspecting passersby on the sidewalk below. You’ll thank them all summer long.
Try your hand at fresh, healthy cooking with Blue Apron and Plated.
- Blue Apron
Spring means longer daylight – and, hopefully, that also means you’re feeling less lazy in the evenings. Start small by trying out meal-making kits from Blue Apron or Plated. The ready-to-go kits include all the ingredients you need for a gourmet home-cooked dinner.
You can skip grocery shopping and know that you won’t be wasting food, as they’re pre-portioned for single consumption.
Spring for a short juice cleanse to kickstart your system.
- Joanna Slodownik/Flickr
Juice cleanses aren’t a great long-term solution – either as a sustainable health and wellness approach, or as a weight-loss fix. But they can be a nice way to transition your palate and your appetite into the warmer months. Most juice shops offer one, two, or three-day cleanse options that are nutritionally balanced to ensure you’re getting the nutrients you need. We’re partial to the options provided by Juice Press, Pressed Juicery, and Blueprint.
Interested in solid food that’s just as healthy? Sakara Life is a popular vegan delivery service that some models swear by.
For an at-home option, consider investing in a Vitamix for custom-blended juices – or in a personal Juicero, the “Keurig for juice.“
Update your home decor for a new season with HomePolish.
- Lauren Edith Andersen for Homepolish
In the wintertime, a fuzzy fur throw or thick curtains might have seemed like a great idea to make your abode cozy. But with the advent of spring, it’s time to stash those wintry touches in favor of fresh embellishments. One quick fix: swap out candles and replace them with light room scents and green plants (succulents are easy to keep alive with minimal care).
Or opt for a full refresh, and hire a service like HomePolish to update your decor fully. Out with the old!
Clean the musty scent out of all your clothes with pick-up-and-delivery laundry services.
Got a ton of clothes that need some serious attention after a winter of hard wear – but not in the mood to lug multiple massive laundry bags to the laundromat?
Cleanly, Boomerang, and FlyCleaners are three go-to apps for pick-up and delivery service. Choose your time slot and cleaning type, and the services will come straight to your door and do all the heavy lifting (and cleaning) for you. In return, all your things will smell and look as fresh as spring.
Stock up on supplies for impromptu parties.
Your apartment’s clean and looking great. You know what that means: time to show it off. Lazy spring and summer days can often lead to impromptu at-home hangouts, barbecues, and rosé-sipping evenings, so make sure you’re prepped with a stock of the right snacks and beverages to keep guests happy.
Schedule a Drizly alcohol delivery so you don’t have to carry home a case of wine or liquor. Collect a stockpile of long-lasting snacks (think chips, cheeses, cookies, and frozen goods) using a grocery delivery app like FreshDirect. Guests will never want to leave your sweet, spring-perfect pad.