Daylight Saving Time began Sunday for forty-eight of America’s fifty states, giving most Americans an extra hour of sunlight at the end of the day. Outdoor activity will be increasing as the months grow warmer. Here are five great suggestions for taking advantage of the time shift.
Add a sunroom. If you don’t already have one, you’re definitely missing out. A home with a sunroom can provide residents with more exposure to the sun during cold winter months as well as a climate-controlled, insect-free space for summertime relaxation. Sunrooms can also cut down on electricity and heating bills by providing an extra room’s worth of insulation from the outside climate.
Take back your garage. A lot of people don’t intend to use their garage as a storage room, but sometimes it just happens. Spend half an hour after work every day organizing your garage (or barn, or shed) in the extra daylight, and in a week or two, you might end up with a new workspace. Spring cleaning can do wonders for the potential of your summer and fall.
Start a garden. Gardens are a great way to spend more time in the sun. Do some research to determine where a garden would best thrive in your yard. Longer days mean plants can spend more time soaking up that delicious Vitamin D. It may still be a little too chilly in your area to start an outdoor garden yet, but you can start seedlings inside and transplant them after a couple of months of TLC. Sunrooms are perfect for seedlings, but windowsills will do just fine as well.
Finish indoor projects. Anything involving painting or sanding is best done with the windows wide open to cut down on fumes and sawdust. After a long winter of staying indoors, the fresh air will add a bounce to your step no matter what project you’ve got lined up.
Wash your windows. With all these additional hours of sunlight, any dirt accumulating on your window panes will be increasingly obvious. Spend some time cleaning them indoors and out. While you’re out there, check the trim for signs of damage or rot.