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As the first crocuses and daffodils begin to peek out of the ground and the days grow warmer, it’s important to prepare for the coming summer months ahead. March 20-21st marks spring equinox in the northern hemisphere. On this day, the sun shines directly onto the equator, and the length of the day and night are almost the same, but not quite. This March 20-21st astronomical landmark kicks off spring time.  As with all seasons, advance preparation is optimal. Enjoy these top ten tips for your home and spring holidays.

  1. Maintenance Check: Safety is top of the list so change the air conditioning filter and schedule an AC service. After holiday baking, be sure smoke detectors have fully charged batteries and carbon monoxide (CO2) detectors are in place and working.
  2. Home Exterior Gutters: Hire a window washer and consider a gutter clean-up service. Removing accumulated leaves and debris allowing water to flow properly which is essential to home safety.
  3. Attic Inspection:
    Inspect the attic for signs that critters or insects may have hibernated during the winter. Check carefully for mold, which may appear as black or gray stains. Prevent mold with proper ventilation and insulation. Take care of it now to stop it from forming as the warmer months approach.
  4. Spring Cleaning: Neighborhood family and friends will be spending more time outdoors, so you want your home sparkling. Organize the garage and back yard. Power-wash before cleaning outdoor carpets and windows. Deep clean the kitchen, refrigerator, and freezer in preparation for spring parties.
  5. Spring Holidays: Review your spring and summer entertaining needs now. Plan menus, invitation lists and remember to check linens. Reduce the stress and enjoy.
  6. Donate Extra Décor: Inventory your décor and donate excess holiday, valentine, spring and summer decorations. Start early so others benefit. Save valuable storage space.
  7. Create Space: Organize your storage, pantry, and hall closets. Wash and dry clean winter sweaters, scarves, and coats before storing. Add an umbrella stand in anticipation of spring showers.
  8. Check Rain Gear Now: Test raincoat and boot sizes now to be sure your family has the right sizes. Donate spring clothing to Dress for Success or another charity.
  9. Camera & photos: Upload holiday and winter sports photos to drop box or the cloud. Purchase new memory cards for Easter, Passover, and warm weather sporting events.
  10. Personal Address List: Remember those holiday cards that were “return to sender?” Now’s the time to update mailing and contact lists, if you haven’t accomplished this already.


Sharon Schweitzer, J.D., is a cross-cultural trainer, attorney, modern manners expert, and the founder of Access to Culture. In addition to her accreditation in intercultural management from the HOFSTEDE Centre and the Intercultural Communication Institute, she serves as a Chinese Ceremonial Dining Etiquette Specialist in the documentary series Confucius was a Foodie, on Nat Geo People. She is the resident etiquette expert on two popular lifestyle shows: ABC Tampa Bay’s Morning Blend and CBS Austin’s We Are Austin. She is regularly quoted by BBC Capital, Investor’s Business Daily, and Fortune. Her Amazon #1 Best Selling book in International Business, Access to Asia: Your Multicultural Business Guide (Wiley 2015), now in its third printing, was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015. She’s a winner of the British Airways International Trade Award at the 2016 Greater Austin Business Awards and the 2017 New York City Big Book Award for Multicultural Nonfiction.