This has been a long winter for most of us, and it's still hanging on up here in the northeast. But spring should be right around the corner. So I'm prepping my house for the change in seasons ... and here's why.
For many of us, winter is a trying time. It's cold and wet outside, and everything seems to take twice as long to accomplish. Heading to the grocery store? Factor in twenty extra minutes to scrape your windows, let your car warm up and trudge through the slippery snow with all of your grocery bags (because if you're like me, you don't want to make a second trip outside into the cold). So when spring near, there's a sense of hope and excitement that fills the air. If you walk down the street here in Boston on a surprisingly warm day in March, the happiness is palpable.
And it's important to capture that feeling in our homes. Spring is a time of rebirth for plants outside, making it the ideal time to refresh your home as well. Sure, you could leave everything as is - but it really is good for the soul to honor the new season. It's just like celebrating a birthday or a holiday - we trim trees for Christmas to give our homes that festive, wintery feeling, so why not add pink tulips and bright throw pillows to celebrate spring? I smile every time I walk through my kitchen and smell the sweet aroma of the hyacinths that I bought. So go ahead, add some happy to your house!
Here are easy ten tips for making the transition from winter to spring:
1. Add color.
Paint an accent wall a bright color. Add a vibrant new tablecloth to the dining room. Spray paint existing furniture a lighter hue. The sky's the limit!
2. Put away heavy blankets.
Store winter-weight duvets and throws in the closet or basement, and replace them with lighter-weight alternatives.
3. Add fresh flowers and plants.
Grab a bouquet of tulips from the grocery store, or add a new house plant to the living room. Potted herbs will add some life to the kitchen (and to your food, too!).
4. Swap out heavy doormats and winter gear storage.
Replace them with lighter runners and smaller baskets for summer toys and outdoor gear.
5. Put heavy jackets in storage.
This will make room for spring coats. And isn't it always satisfying to put away your winter jacket for the year?
6. Welcome guests with a floral accents.
Curb appeal is just as important as the inside of your home... after all, first impressions are important! Try adding a floral wreath or a pair of plant-filled urns flanking your door.
7. Refresh your artwork.
If you have a rotating display of art like I do, swap out moodier pieces with fresh lighter ones. Or you might consider painting the frames of your existing art for a springtime look.
8. Open your outdoor space.
If you have a patio, deck or yard, bring your furniture and accessories outside and add some perennials so you can enjoy the great outdoors for the next few months.
9. Swap out your throw pillows.
Remove heavy or dark throw pillows and store them until next winter, changing them out for lighter more colorful ones to match the season.
10. Clean out the cobwebs.
Odds are you've been hibernating most of the winter just like me... so take an hour or two to clean areas of your home that you may have missed the last few months. You'll feel refreshed, I promise!