10 Simple Projects You Can Do Around the House This Spring
There's no good reason to wait until spring to clean and organize your home. Here are some projects to tackle indoors before the temperature begins to rise.
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Sliding Pegboard Storage System
Colder, less productive months are a great time to organize all of your tools so that you know where they are when you actually need to use them on outdoor projects. This organizer takes workshop storage to a whole new level, employing both sides of seven pieces of pegboard, all housed inside a compact box. Check out these step-by-step photos, tech art and a how-to video!
Clean Your Grout
Cleaning the grout between the tile in your home is a great project you can definitely tackle before the official start of spring cleaning. Make a note to save your worn-out electric toothbrush heads, because they’re great for cleaning the grout between your shower tiles. Just apply a little bit of dish detergent to the head of the brush. This technique works especially well on corners.
Learn how to remove damaged grout in this video.
The space behind a door is a storage spot that's often overlooked. To take advantage of this neglected space, build a set of shallow shelves and mount it to the wall. The materials cost about $40. Get the project drawings here.
Clean Vinyl Flooring
Sheet vinyl "resilient" flooring is so easy to clean that it may never require anything beyond damp mopping with a cleaner intended for vinyl floors. But if your floor has marks or stains that still won't come off, you can use stronger stuff.
Isopropyl alcohol, sold as a disinfectant at drug stores, is a mild solvent. It's the best cleaner for heel marks and works on other tough stains too. Learn how to use it to remove tough stains from vinyl.
Clean the Dishwasher Filter
When your dishwasher no longer gets your dishes clean, a food-filled filter is most often to blame. If it’s clogged, water can’t make it to the spray arms to clean the dishes in the top rack. The fix takes two minutes. Simply pull out the lower rack and remove the filter cover inside the dishwasher. (Check your owner’s manual if you can’t spot the filter.) Then use a wet/dry shop vacuum to clean clean off the screen. While you're there, slide the nearby float switch up and down. If the cover sticks, jiggle it up and down and clean it with water.
Check out these other dishwasher cleaning tips.
Clean the Clothes Dryer Filter
A common cause of poor drying is a clogged lint filter. The filter may look clean, but it may actually be covered by a nearly invisible film caused by dryer sheets. This film reduces airflow and forces the thermostat to shut off the heat before your clothes are dry. Test your filter by pouring water into it. If the filter holds water, it’s past time to clean it. Scrub the filter in hot water with a little laundry detergent and a stiff kitchen brush.
Attach a Towel Bar to the Laundry Sink
Get those messy rags out of the sink and onto a towel bar so they can actually dry. Shop for an easy mounting towel bar that you can shorten if you like. We cut the bar with a hacksaw so it would fit nicely on the side of the sink. While you're at the hardware store, buy stainless steel mounting bolts, washers and acorn nuts to mount the bar. We used 7/8-in. No. 8-24 bolts.
Dust Your Blinds
Create a Grab & Go Cord Rack
This project takes just one hour and provides a simple way to hang up a variety of things, such as extension cords, rope or air hoses. Most importantly, it keeps them up and out of the way. Here's how to make this clever rack.
Organize Your Dish Drawers
These drawer inserts come complete with movable pegs, allowing you to customize the arrangement to fit your dishes. By keeping your dishes at a convenient-to-reach height, they are easier to get at and put away. Organize anything with pegboards! Check out these 11 ideas and tips.