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feature: preparing for summer Warmer weather means a bit of work around the home

It's true. Winter is behind us for the year and while the spring’s rainy, windy weather is still with us, that's quite normal for this time of year – as is the list of tasks we need to start thinking about. October is the month when we start to shake off the

Spring is a great time to tidy your home and gardens – and plan your next renovations.

winter woes, when we start to feel that we have more energy and when our homes and gardens are looking a tad tired and worn after the long winter months. Now is the time to make a few changes and to clean and undertake repairs around the home so you can relax and enjoy those lazy summer days. Start inside. Spring cleaning literally means just that.

Yes, it can be a bit tedious but it is important to get the big deep-clean around the house – doors, windows, walls, cupboards, windowsills and so on – done sooner rather than later. Call the professionals to check out your air-

conditioner, making sure the cooling system and filters are clean and working properly in readiness for the hot, humid weather. Update your living space with lighter and brighter

colours with fresh cushions and summery throws and relegate the woolly rugs you snuggled into on the couch on cold nights to the cupboard. It's also time to reorganise wardrobes too, with

a switch from winter clothing to brighter, lighter summery styles. You could use this time to declutter

other areas as well. Local hospice stores and other op shops will cheerfully take items you no longer need. Perhaps you could consider getting some new

furniture. Custom-designed furniture enhances your home and better fits your needs. As the weather improves further, you can sort out

the rest of your property. Perhaps your drainage needs to be checked or your cladding needs to be cleaned and protected from the summer sun. With better weather, many of us find this the ideal

time to get home renovation projects underway. If you're a keen do-it-yourselfer, spend a bit of time researching the Internet for ideas and product options or tap into the online resources from big stores like New Lynn's Mitre 10 Mega. There you'll find any amount of guidance on how-to-do stuff from identifying weeds to laying paving, filling holes or tackling new kitchen or bathroom projects and if the Internet isn't your scene, the store can give you hard copies of the information in-store. Manager Kevin McKernan says October is the

busiest month of the year for his 130 staff and Labour Weekend (towards the end of the month) is the busiest long weekend of the year. When the New Lynn Mega store opened two years ago (its second birthday is October 13) many of the Continued on page 24 >>

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