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After a long winter, nothing brightens a homeowner’s heart like the first few days of spring—a time to trade in the boots for the gardening gloves and freshen up your surroundings.

Whether you’re looking for a leg up to a quick spring sale or simply want to let in the light and bright that accompanies the season, consumer editors at offer seven tips to help make it happen:

Clean the windows. It all starts here, so pour equal parts white vinegar and water into a spray bottle and add a little elbow grease to sharpen up your view of all that lovely spring greenery.

Declutter. Clearing out some living space will go a long way toward making your home more attractive to you and potential buyers.

Accessorize. Making a few little changes can perk up the appeal of any room. Rather than going over the top, consider purchasing new towels for the bathroom, hanging new pictures on the wall or placing new pillows on the sofa. If the budget is tight, check for new or used bargains at thrift or online stores.

Green it up. Whether you add a few plants, start a windowsill herb garden or arrange a few fresh-cut flowers, adding some color is one terrific way to do away with winter doldrums.

Reorganize closets. Nobody likes to do it, but getting rid of the stuff you know you won’t wear or use again will provide a sense of order and make those closets look more spacious to anyone viewing your home.

Change out the hardware. Nothing gives a kitchen a more updated look more quickly than adding some spiffy new hardware. Replace those knobs and drawer pulls to add style and glamour without laying out much money.

Choose one splurge. Make a splashy change in one area of your home that will bring a smile to your face. Whether it’s colorful bedlinens, a new area rug or the dining room light fixture of your dreams, splurging in one area (within reason) is the perfect way to say hello to spring.