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There's no time like spring for doing some work around the house

Every year at about this time, I start to think about all the projects that have been piling up over the winter. By March, my to-do list has gotten long:

  1. Prepare the garden beds for spring planting.
  2. Repaint the front door that our Jack Russell terrier has scratched to pieces.
  3. Fix the driveway lights that the mailman ran over.
  4. Cut down the dogwood that broke in half during a snowstorm.
  5. Wash the grimy covers on the outdoor furniture.
  6. Repair the sprinkler system. Again.

Then there's my wish list, the things I want to do but probably won't:

  1. Buy some new planters for the entryway.
  2. Build a storage shed for all the bikes, scooters, soccer goals, and other detritus that piles up in the yard.
  3. Put an outdoor fire pit on the back patio.

And that's just the home's exterior.

Like Punxsutawney Phil, I almost want to crawl back into my hole for six more weeks of winter.

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But something happens when I get that first taste of spring. Maybe it's the fact that my Alabama neighbors are out there fixing up their yards, which gets the competitive juices flowing. Maybe it's the daffodils that start popping up, reminding me what a little color can do to shake off the winter blues. Or maybe it's some biological instinct, like a bird that's compelled to start building its nest. One way or another, I begin working my way through that long list, trying to make little improvements here and there. I know I'll never get it all done, but something about spending a Saturday working in the yard or on the house just makes me feel better.

We put together a list of 10 easy upgrades that can make a big difference when it comes to your homes curb appeal. If you're like me, you won't come anywhere close to getting everything done, but all you have to do is check a couple of things off that list to feel a great sense of accomplishment. And hey, there's always next year.