It’s been a long winter, and even though many of us are still cleaning up from recent snow storms, Spring has arrived! With the change to Daylight Savings Time, I am feeling re-energized; ready for new beginnings. It’s time for renewal in nature and in your favorite spaces.
Here are a few steps for helping you to welcome Spring and bring new life to your home…
Create a Spring cleaning plan. Excitement about the change of season may tempt you to leap into a flurry of clean-up, but creating a 30-day checklist will ensure that you are thorough and still allow time for you to stop and smell the newly blooming flowers.
For me, the most important room in my Spring cleaning plan is the kitchen. In the pantry throw away any expired products (ground spices have a 1 year shelf life, so be sure to check them!). If you use shelf liners, it’s a great time to change those out as well. Catalogue the freezer and get rid of any mystery items. Get your refrigerator sparkling clean and ready for lots of fresh fruits and veggies (don’t forget to change out your baking soda for a fresh, clean scent).
And of course, now is the time for a closet change-out. Be fearless in your review of winter clothes that will be packed away and create three categories – keep and store, refresh (button replacing, mending, shoe repair) and donate/throw away. Although this can be a tiring task, the end result will certainly lift your spirits.
And if you are feeling overwhelmed and not sure where to start – get a copy of Marie Kondo’s New York Times Best Seller, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”! This book is a life-changer and will be a huge help when you start your Spring cleaning.
There are lots of ways to announce the new season in your home. Change out bedding and take those heavy comforters to be cleaned. I love seasonal throw pillows; they are an inexpensive way to add a fresh feel to your home. I also like to change out the guest towels in my powder room. Paper products come in a vast array of designs, so get creative!
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Spring and summer are peak seasons for guests so be sure to freshen up and air out guest bedrooms.
One of my favorite small changes is to switch out my scents. Put away those pine candles and room fresheners and bring on the florals. Change out or add sachets to your drawers to give you a breathe of fresh air every time you open them.
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Let The Light Shine In
First, get those windows squeaky clean so the sun can shine in! Take down heavy curtains and replace with soft sheers, or better yet, no curtains at all. Add soft metallic accessories to reflect the longer daylight hours.
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Finally, a fresh new coat of paint in a bright color will really spruce up your entry and tell the neighborhood you are welcoming Spring.
Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love! Sitting Bull