Maybe it’s the warm, sunny weather, or the flowers in full bloom, but spring always seems to bring with it a little extra motivation for tackling long-avoided responsibilities. Whatever it is about this season, it tends to revitalize and inspire us when we need it the most.
If you’re a barn owner, you’ll want to channel this fresh energy into caring for your barn. After a long winter season, it’s sure to be in need of a little TLC. Here are a few tasks for you to start with as you create a spring-cleaning checklist for your barn!
1) Identify any repairs and perform necessary maintenance.
Spring is a good time to inspect your barn for damage that may have gone unnoticed last year or been caused by the winter. Check for broken latches, damaged stalls, roof and siding problems, and water leaks. Address any issues that jeopardize the health and safety of your barn now, before the season is in full swing.
2) Do a deep barn cleaning.
Melting snow and rising temperatures can cause a lot of excess moisture, dirt, debris, and bacteria to accumulate in your barn as winter transitions into spring. It’s important that you take the time to clean and sanitize your barn thoroughly, to make it safe for you and your livestock. Deep clean your stalls, tack/hay/other storage rooms, aisles, and any supplies that have been sitting in there all winter.
3) Declutter and reorganize.
Spring cleaning season is a great opportunity to get rid of old, damaged, and unused supplies taking up precious space in your barn. Evaluate your inventory and ask yourself what you really need, and what can be sold, donated, or trashed. As you declutter, you’ll open up more storage space and be able to better organize what you end up keeping.
4) Restock your barn supplies.
Once you know what you have and are keeping as far as supplies go, you can make a list of what you need for your barn. Make sure you have functioning safety equipment, organizational tools, livestock supplies, and extra stock of your essentials heading into spring. It’s not uncommon to find yourself lacking in certain necessities after a long winter and a thorough purge.
If you head out to the barn this spring and find that it’s a lost cause, it might be time for something new. A two-story backyard barn or horse barn from Amish Barn Company is just the upgrade you need! Our structures are Amish-built, which means they’re designed to last for many springs to come.
Contact us today to find the perfect barn for your backyard this spring!