With spring well under way, you are no doubt ready to get your home and garden prepared for summer. Here are some ideas. Home and Garden Television
Do the laundry
Wash sheets and pillowcases in warm water every week, but use cold water for quilts or blankets made of 100 percent cotton to avoid shrinkage. Freshen up duvets by airing outside for an hour or two.
Touch up mulch
Winter weather can pack down or even wash away the mulch in your beds. So when the sun comes out, use a metal rake to fluff and level your mulch, then add more where needed. Ideally, you want at least a 2-inch layer, and 3 to 4 inches is even better for Southern gardeners.
Detail that car
Get your wheels ready to go cruising by the beach. Besides washing it this week, make time for a thorough clean-out and detailing, including shampooing the floor mats.
Clean the oven
Run the self-cleaning cycle today and wipe off the door as needed. Remove the plastic knobs to be sure they won't warp in the process. If you have a regular nonself-cleaning oven, use an oven cleaner, a stiff brush and thick gloves. Never use abrasives, and above all, be sure to open a window.
Clean the lights
Dirty bulbs reduce the amount of light given off by up to 20 percent, so dusting them periodically really makes a difference. To add even more brightness, clean lampshades using a lamb's-wool duster, or vacuum with the brush attachment.