Last month, the groundhog predicted an early spring, and by the looks of the weather lately, he was right. The temperatures have been heating up a bit and the frost has started to thaw. These are all signs that spring is just around the corner, and soon the sun will be peeking through all day to warm us up while we check off each to-do on our spring cleaning lists.
Instead, the activities are more centered around staying warm and cozy in the house and, safe while traveling outside of the house. But, once the spring weather breaks we will all be a little more active and a lot more motivated to start clearing out the clutter.
Along with clearing out the clutter in spring comes clearing out the bad habits. Eating rich and comforting foods is replaced with foods that are light and cool. And, inactivity is replaced with being very active.
As you and your family are clearing out the clutter and bad habits, consider improving your water-saving habits. Here are some facts about saving water:
- Washing laundry is a big chunk of the total amount of water that your home uses. Make sure that when you wash a load of laundry it is a full load. And, that you and your family members are re-using towels before washing them.
- Hand washing dishes will use approximately 20 gallons of water. Washing dishes in the dishwasher will use 4 to 6 gallons of water, depending on how water-efficient the dishwasher model is that you have. Whenever you can, use your dishwasher rather than hand washing.
- If you install low-flow showerheads, you can save 15 gallons of water for each 10-minute shower that is taken by your family. Also, you can set a timer and reduce the amount of time for each shower. Approximately two gallons of water are used for every minute you are in the shower.
Spring cleaning is a fun time of year because it is when we start going through the corners of the house and garage that have collected clutter during the winter months. Make sure that you and your family are improving water-saving habits as you are improving your winter clutter.