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Tackle These Springtime Stay-at-Home Projects
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Due to the increasing concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, Californians are staying home to stay healthy. With this additional time indoors, you might find yourself wondering what to do at home. Why not tackle some spring home improvement projects? Here are a few ideas that will keep your mind busy and your environment clean:

  • Organize Your Pantry — Like many Angelenos, you may have spent the last few weeks buying extra household supplies and food. Now is a great time to get your pantry organized. Remove expired food items and make room for newly purchased items. Take inventory of your pantry and kitchen and lastly, label your food storage containers for a more polished look.
  • Tackle Other Areas in Your Home — After you’re finished organizing your pantry, why not continue on through your home? Go through that overfilled junk drawer, packed garage, or other closets and spaces that haven’t been organized in a while separating out items into three piles – (1) items to be saved (2) items to be recycled and (3) items to be discarded. Just be aware that many centers that accept discarded clothing and household items are currently closed. But plan on getting everything sorted and organized so that once the stay at home order is lifted, you’ll be ready to go.
  • Prepare Your Unwanted Household Hazardous Waste for Disposal — Organizing your home’s household hazardous waste (or HHW) and e-waste is another good home improvement project to tackle while you’re staying indoors. And while the City of LA SAFE Centers are currently closed, you can still sort through your home’s HHW, identifying the items that you’d like to keep and which ones are ready for disposal. Please do not place any unwanted HHW items in your City-issued bins or leave them outside of closed SAFE Centers. Instead, set items aside – making sure that they are well away from children. Once LA City Sanitation SAFE Centers re-open, you’ll be set to dispose of your unwanted HHW the right way.
  • Plant a Drought-Resistant Garden — Summer with its warm temperatures is quickly approaching. While you are not currently able to go to the store to pick out drought-tolerant and California native plants, you can still start planning. The Theodore Payne Foundation and California Native Plant Society are two great resources as you begin this process. You can prepare your soil by working compost into it. If you have an irrigation system, make sure that it does not have any leaks and problems. Start paying closer attention to the sun exposure that your yard receives. Be sure to note which parts have harsher and dryer exposure so you can avoid planting shade plants in those areas. Most of all, spend this time getting more educated about creating a beautiful drought-resistant garden.
  • Start a Compost Pile – Composting is the process of creating organic material, known as compost that can be added to soil to help enrich it. It serves as fertilizer and helps soil to be healthier. It can be created using three main ingredients: browns, greens, and water. Examples of browns include twigs and branches, while examples of greens include fruit and vegetable waste. That’s one of the added bonuses of compost: it reduces the amount of waste that ends up in our landfills. This is a perfect activity even if you do not have a big yard. It’s easy to get started and the steps aren’t too complex. 
  • Clean Up Your Surroundings — Have you noticed that your patio and yard are filled with leaves and dirt? Grab a broom and sweep off all the dirt and leaves that have piled up. When was the last time your home’s gutters got cleaned out? If you don’t remember, that’s probably a good sign that you can add this to your to-do list. Your outdoor furniture might not have been cleaned in a while. If it’s looking dirty, mix a bit of soap with water and give it a good scrub. Just be mindful that you’re not allowing that soapy water to flow into storm drains when you rinse.

There’s always something to do to maintain the cleanliness of your home! Depending on how much work you need to get done, you can keep yourself busy for a while as we all stay home and stay safe. 

Do you have any home improvement projects that you are taking on? Please share them with us at lastormwater@lacity.org


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