April showers may well bring May’s flowers—but preparation for springtime’s glories begins well before the season changes.
Ruffle the feathers of your duster and get to work sprucing up your home. There’s no room for winter’s residue when Mother Nature whisks in that time of the year we’ve all been waiting for.
Your spring cleaning pursuit begins with cleaning, combining, and organizing. Take to the closets and cabinets, shelves, and wardrobes. While you clean, you should also organize your odds and ends. Here’s a trick: prevent clutter by adding hooks around the home. The family chef will have no excuse for not hanging the apron and potholders precisely where they belong.
The books tossed under your coffee table could use some restacking—or better yet, repurposed as wall décor. Adding books to a dining room cabinet or onto your kitchen shelves gives the space a homey feel.
Touch up your walls before the sunny spring days arrive. Fix gashes, scrapes, and markings by dabbing a fresh coat of paint to cover wear and tear. Or, choose a bland room and spruce it up by painting an accent wall. Try a soothing green, a cheery yellow, or a polished powder blue.
Switch out the sofa covers and pillows to liven up your furniture. Stick to the springtime palette by swapping your lamp shades and curtains for sheerer fabric and pastel colors.
Let’s be honest, your carpet is probably overdue for vacuuming and wood furniture needs polishing. Thinking of something a bit more adventurous? Start fresh by pulling old flooring out and replacing it with the gleaming tiles or rustic stone you’ve always dreamed about.
There’s nothing better than homegrown vegetables and flowers. Find a pretty pot or area of your yard, sprinkle some seeds, add some water, and watch your garden grow. But your pretty plants don’t have to stay outside. Potted flowers make an ideal centerpiece in the kitchen, a pleasing sight in the foyer, or a fresh look for the powder room.
And perhaps for the sweetest perk: open the windows to let the springtime breeze circulate through the home. Thankfully, winter didn’t last forever, and now your home is ready to come alive for spring!