8. Review your relationship with Uncle Sam.
Gandelman says now is the perfect time to revisit whether or not you're withholding the correct amount from your paycheck, since taxes are still fresh on the mind. If you are set to receive a large refund, you might want to consider withholding less throughout the year, to better manage your cash flow. Or, if you owed a lot to the IRS, perhaps you need to withhold more throughout the year. "Work on making saving a monthly objective rather than relying on the tax system to enforce a savings regimen on you," he says.
9. Cover up.
Check on your insurance coverage, including renters, homeowners, life, and car. Do you have enough? Or do you have too much? When it comes to a car, for example, older vehicles may no longer need comprehensive coverage, says Cheng. Meanwhile, raising your deductible on homeowner's insurance could lower your rate. "Consider bundling services to obtain a discount," says Cheng. Your credit check also helps you here, since consumers with lower credit scores are often considered higher-risk individuals and assessed higher coverage rates, she adds. At the same time, make sure your beneficiary designations are up to date.
10. Clean out your car.
This more traditional spring-cleaning move will actually help with your bottom line, too. Cleaning out the junk in your trunk, especially big, bulky purchases of water or other supplies, weigh down your car and force it to use more gas, says Leeds. Instead, use your garage for storage and keep your car as light as possible. Also, take advantage of the nicer weather to check your tire pressure and get a tune-up, which can also boost your gas mileage.
11. Feng shui your investments.
The ups and downs of the stock market might have knocked your portfolio out of whack. Take the time to rebalance it, based on your age and desired risk level, says Cheng. "You can't take the 'set it and forget it' attitude with your retirement savings," she adds, since such a passive attitude could result in an overly risky—or insufficiently aggressive—portfolio.
After you complete these 11 steps, don't forget to pour yourself a glass of iced tea and enjoy the weather.
Kimberly Palmer (@alphaconsumer) is the author of the new book Generation Earn: The Young Professional's Guide to Spending, Investing, and Giving Back.