The springtime bucket list

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By: Kelly Zugay

Spring is finally here! Last weekend, I traveled to Iowa for a conference, and I was so excited to see everything blossoming! Traveling to Iowa was my last trip after a very busy spring in San Diego, Charleston, Washington DC, and Annapolis. Now, I'm excited to have zero trips planned from now until July — and I'm excited to pursue a springtime bucket list, too!

In Wisconsin, springtime is a little iffy! It can be warm and sunny on Monday and snowing on Tuesday. Nevertheless, when warmer weather makes its debut, I can't help but get excited and start daydreaming of everything I'd like to do! Here are a few of my favorites for spring:

SPRINGTIME BUCKET LIST

  1. Visit the Farmers' Market. Visiting the farmers' market is one of my all-time favorite things to do. It's basically my happy place! Our farmers' market is starting soon, and I'm really excited to go!
  2. Grow a garden. This weekend, I'll be starting my garden. Gardening is definitely a learning process, so I try to stick to what is easy to grow, like tomatoes! (Perfect for my guacamole recipe!) This summer, I'm excited to plant a variety of vegetables, strawberries, flowers, and decorative grasses!
  3. Go biking. Biking, to me, is like running. . . but so much better! It's not only great exercise, but it's also a great way to get out and see your community. More and more cities are adding bike lanes to their roads, so you can choose whether you'd like to go biking on a country road or more toward your downtown area.
  4. Try a new restaurant . . . and sit outside. When Ben and I first moved to Western Wisconsin, our hobby became trying new restaurants. (When you move to a city where you don't yet know anyone, going out and learning about the city is something fun to do!) Nothing is better than starting a new season, someplace new!
  5. Spring clean. Spring cleaning is not only good for your house, but it's good for your soul. (Here's how!) Spring is the perfect season for starting fresh!

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The springtime bucket list
Get Organized
Whether with a streamlined app or the prettiest paper and pen, planning your spring cleaning will make every step easier to conquer. 

Smythson Grosvenor Jotter, $385, smythson.com; Smythson Panama Collection Mid-Year Portobello Agenda, $305, smythson.com
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Get Organized
Whether with a streamlined app or the prettiest paper and pen, planning your spring cleaning will make every step easier to conquer. 

Bower Tipsy Writer, $35, beambk.com
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Get Organized
Whether with a streamlined app or the prettiest paper and pen, planning your spring cleaning will make every step easier to conquer. 

Clear organization app, $5, realmacsoftware.com
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Get Organized
Whether with a streamlined app or the prettiest paper and pen, planning your spring cleaning will make every step easier to conquer. 

Rifle Paper Co. 2016 Folk Wall Calendar, $12, artsymodern.com
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Lay the Groundwork
A deceptively powerful lightweight vacuum and efficient steamer will let you set a squeaky-clean foundation. A bright, new rug will light up your space, and a touchless trash bin will help ensure your messes stay contained. 

Dyson V6 Absolute Cordless vacuum, $600, dyson.com
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Lay the Groundwork
A deceptively powerful lightweight vacuum and efficient steamer will let you set a squeaky-clean foundation. A bright, new rug will light up your space, and a touchless trash bin will help ensure your messes stay contained. 

Shark S3901 Lift-Away Professional Steam Pocket Mop, $98, 
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Lay the Groundwork
A deceptively powerful lightweight vacuum and efficient steamer will let you set a squeaky-clean foundation. A bright, new rug will light up your space, and a touchless trash bin will help ensure your messes stay contained. 

Shelley Hesse Paradise Found rug, from $98, anthropologie.com
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Lay the Groundwork
A deceptively powerful lightweight vacuum and efficient steamer will let you set a squeaky-clean foundation. A bright, new rug will light up your space, and a touchless trash bin will help ensure your messes stay contained. 

SimpleHuman Semi-Round sensor trash can, $150, simplehuman.com
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Treat your Surfaces
Having the right tools for every room makes cleanup a breeze. Caldrea’s full line of solutions covers all your basic needs, while the finishes from Skidmore’s bring back the luster to wood and leather furniture. For light dusting, a sleek horsehair brush set and ostrich feather duster do the trick with style. 

Caldrea Cleaning Essentials Set, $75, caldrea.com
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Treat your Surfaces
Having the right tools for every room makes cleanup a breeze. Caldrea’s full line of solutions covers all your basic needs, while the finishes from Skidmore’s bring back the luster to wood and leather furniture. For light dusting, a sleek horsehair brush set and ostrich feather duster do the trick with style. 

Workshop Table Brush Set, $36, 
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Treat your Surfaces
Having the right tools for every room makes cleanup a breeze. Caldrea’s full line of solutions covers all your basic needs, while the finishes from Skidmore’s bring back the luster to wood and leather furniture. For light dusting, a sleek horsehair brush set and ostrich feather duster do the trick with style. 

Vineyard Tea Towel by Thomas Paul, $48 for 2, food52.com
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Treat your Surfaces
Having the right tools for every room makes cleanup a breeze. Caldrea’s full line of solutions covers all your basic needs, while the finishes from Skidmore’s bring back the luster to wood and leather furniture. For light dusting, a sleek horsehair brush set and ostrich feather duster do the trick with style. 

Skidmore’s Restoration Cream, from $3, skidmores.com; Skidmore’s Liquid Beeswax Woodfinish, from $19, skidmores.com
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Treat your Surfaces
Having the right tools for every room makes cleanup a breeze. Caldrea’s full line of solutions covers all your basic needs, while the finishes from Skidmore’s bring back the luster to wood and leather furniture. For light dusting, a sleek horsehair brush set and ostrich feather duster do the trick with style. 

The Line White Ostrich Feather Duster, $44, theline.com
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Love Your Linens
Change out your winter bed sheets for a fresh new set of fine linen, which keeps you cool in warm weather and softens with wear. A finely fragranced detergent makes clean clothes feel like an indulgence, and a colorful basket to toss worn items into will make it easy to keep tidy. For a truly special upgrade to your laundry regimen, consider the at-home LG Styler which steams clothes. You’ll never need to go to the cleaners again. 

The Laundress Le Labo Signature Detergent in Santal 33, $45, barneys.com
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Love Your Linens
Change out your winter bed sheets for a fresh new set of fine linen, which keeps you cool in warm weather and softens with wear. A finely fragranced detergent makes clean clothes feel like an indulgence, and a colorful basket to toss worn items into will make it easy to keep tidy. For a truly special upgrade to your laundry regimen, consider the at-home LG Styler which steams clothes. You’ll never need to go to the cleaners again. 

West Elm Graphic Printed Hamper, $189, for information: westelm.com
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Love Your Linens
Change out your winter bed sheets for a fresh new set of fine linen, which keeps you cool in warm weather and softens with wear. A finely fragranced detergent makes clean clothes feel like an indulgence, and a colorful basket to toss worn items into will make it easy to keep tidy. For a truly special upgrade to your laundry regimen, consider the at-home LG Styler which steams clothes. You’ll never need to go to the cleaners again. 

Parachute Linen Venice Set, from $199, parachutehome.com
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Love Your Linens
Change out your winter bed sheets for a fresh new set of fine linen, which keeps you cool in warm weather and softens with wear. A finely fragranced detergent makes clean clothes feel like an indulgence, and a colorful basket to toss worn items into will make it easy to keep tidy. For a truly special upgrade to your laundry regimen, consider the at-home LG Styler which steams clothes. You’ll never need to go to the cleaners again. 

LG Styler, $1,599, for information: lg.com
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Add a Finishing Touch
Seasonal, home-delivered flowers will make your space come alive. Run an air purifier like Airocide’s, which deploys NASA-developed technology to keep airborne impurities at bay, and spray a light mist of a floral fragrance to take your home from clean to dreamy. 

Petal by Pedal Fresh Flowers, from $65, petalbypedal.com
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Add a Finishing Touch
Seasonal, home-delivered flowers will make your space come alive. Run an air purifier like Airocide’s, which deploys NASA-developed technology to keep airborne impurities at bay, and spray a light mist of a floral fragrance to take your home from clean to dreamy. 

Airocide APS-200 Air Purifier, $599, houzz.com
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Add a Finishing Touch
Seasonal, home-delivered flowers will make your space come alive. Run an air purifier like Airocide’s, which deploys NASA-developed technology to keep airborne impurities at bay, and spray a light mist of a floral fragrance to take your home from clean to dreamy. 

Diptyque Tubéreuse Room Spray, $51, diptyqueparis.eu
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