There is a reason that spring is known as a time for cleaning and home repair. Each year, as winter fades, and the cool, damp weather gives way to warmer, clearer skies, homeowners all over the country fling open their windows, step out into their yards and realize… “Wow, I’ve really let this place go.”

Closets have become cluttered, dust bunnies have multiplied under couches and behind stoves, and gardens have withered. Basically, all basic upkeep has lapsed. Now is the time to roll up your sleeves and get down to brass tacks. It’s time to till the earth and plant flowers, to tackle that kitchen remodel, or simply de-clutter your life. And these San Jose-based home and garden shops can help.