8 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Spring

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I’m sure most (if not all) of you are with me when I say I’m totally ready for spring. It’s a long winter if you live in Canada and this time of year truly makes us feel like we’re coming out of our long hibernation. 

I love the change of season because it gives me an excuse to switch things up in my home. I also love the spring cleaning that leaves my place feeling so fresh and new again. Today I’m sharing my very best tips for getting your home ready for spring.

 

Are You Ready for Spring?

 

 

1/ Change Bedroom Linens

 

I realize not all of you want to do this but changing linens with the season is such a nice symbolic way to flow with the changes of the year. I like to change my duvet covers, pillowcases, pillows and throws with each season. If you prefer to keep things simple you can keep the duvet cover and pillowcases but switch the decorative pillows and throw for something that feels fresh and says spring is here.

This is also a great time of year to do a deep clean on your bedroom. Start by giving your mattress a really good cleaning. Use an upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner and give your mattress a thorough cleaning from top to bottom. Don’t forget the sides of the mattress. If there are any odours or dampness in your mattress you can sprinkle baking soda across the entire surface. Let it sit for a few hours and then vacuum again. You’ll have a fresh, odour free mattress just in time for spring.

 

 

2/ Replace Pillows & Throws

Spring calls for florals, pastels, bright whites and breezy fabrics. One of the easiest ways to transition from winter to spring is this simple switch. You don’t need to have an entire closet dedicated to seasonal pillows, just replace the cover and keep the existing pillow form. 

Spring is the best time to move from chunky knit and velvet pillow covers to light cotton and linen covers. And while you may not enjoy florals and polka dots during winter they look perfect at this time of year.

While you’re at it, switch up the chunky knit throw for a linen or cotton throw in a lighter colour. You may not be ready to put them away altogether but we don’t require the same bulkiness to say warm in the evening.

Not sure how to combine patterns when buying spring pillows? Read this post where I share the best pattern combinations.

 

3/ Spring Cleaning 

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Spring calls for florals, pastels, bright whites and breezy fabrics. One of the easiest ways to transition from winter to spring is this simple switch. You don’t need to have an entire closet dedicated to seasonal pillows, just replace the cover and keep the existing pillow form. 

Spring is the best time to move from chunky knit and velvet pillow covers to light cotton and linen covers. And while you may not enjoy florals and polka dots during winter they look perfect at this time of year.

While you’re at it, switch up the chunky knit throw for a linen or cotton throw in a lighter colour. You may not be ready to put them away altogether but we don’t require the same bulkiness to say warm in the evening.

Not sure how to combine patterns when buying spring pillows? Read this post where I share the best pattern combinations.

 

 

While I do love the slow pace of winter, hibernation is over and now we all start to come alive again. As we’re ready to be more active we’re usually ready to tackle some of the bigger jobs in our homes as well. This includes going through each room and doing a deep clean. 

Start from the ground up with floors. Mop floors and clean baseboards, steam clean rugs and don’t forget about your upholstered furniture as well. 

Next, do a deep clean on your kitchen. Pull everything out of cupboards and decide what can be donated. Give all the shelves a good cleaning and analyze what’s missing from your dish collection. If you have a pantry, do the same thing there. You never know what old thing you’ll find lingering around in the bottom of those bins and baskets. Finish off with an oven cleaning and a deep clean for all your appliances.

 

4/ Wash Windows

 

You don’t need to climb up ladders to get your windows sparkling. At this time of year you may have a knock on your door when the local window washer is trying to sell services. Leave the outside to the professionals while you tackle the inside yourself. 

And while you’re at it, don’t forget about all of your blinds and curtains. There’s a few months of dust and dirt that’s accumulated on those and they’ll all benefit from a good cleaning. If you have custom window coverings they’ll need to go to the dry cleaner as opposed to washing them yourself. If they don’t need a cleaning you can leave them outside to air out on a beautiful spring day.

5/ Declutter Your Closets

 

You’re likely planning to switch your closet contents from the big, bulky sweaters you’ve been wearing to your lighter spring wardrobe but don’t stop there. Take an afternoon to pull everything out of your closet. Spend the time deciding what you haven’t worn that can actually be donated. A good rule of thumb is that anything you haven’t worn during the last year should be donated. And the plus side is you make room for anything new you want to bring into your closet.

Send anything that needs it to the dry cleaner. Pack up all the winter clothes and bring in all the spring clothes. There will definitely be some overlap as we’re not in summer mode quite yet. This is a good way to get a head start on that though. If you really love a good closet organization session you can hang your clothes in order of colour, use or clothing type. Yes, that is definitely something I’ll be doing and you know it’ll be colour coordinated.

 

6/ Switch Up Your Decor

 

Now for some of the fun stuff. We don’t need to fully redecorate to get ready for spring but let’s edit a little bit. Some of the best places to start are vases and small decor items. Replace the heavily textured vases in dark colours and bring in light coloured ceramics and glass options. You know we’re going to be bringing in those spring tulips and branches so let’s get our vases ready. 

A simple change to the decor on your coffee table can make your home feel fresh and spring-like. Replace what’s there with some brighter decor items. I love my decor to feel lighter so I may opt to replace lots of smaller objects with a simple oversized bowl. Sometimes simple is better and spring calls for less clutter.

 

7/ Fill Your House with Flowers and Branches

 

The supermarkets and flower shops are all filled with the beautiful spring flowers so stock up. The bright colours can add so much joy to your home. 

If flowers are not your thing, what about a bunch of flowering branches? They still look seasonal and fresh but they won’t add so much colour if that’s not for you. And the benefit of branches is they can last for a much longer period of time.

You can also opt for a pretty potted flower like hyacinth which can add a ton of colour to your room. They last longer than flowers and don’t require much except for the occasional watering. 

There’s no shortage of flowers, plants and branches to brighten up your home and get you ready for spring so take full advantage of all of them.

 

8/ Do a Deep Clean on the Outside of the House 

 

 

Now that the inside of your home is spring ready, let’s tackle the outside. Use a pressure washer to clean your patio and deck so you’re ready for those afternoons in the sunshine. Bring all your outdoor furniture out and give it a good cleaning.

Tackle the areas that are affected by winter like clearing gutters and removing leaves and other debris.

Lastly clean all of your outdoor decorative items like the mailbox, planters and light fixtures. Now you’re ready to fill those planters with fresh spring bulbs and welcome spring into the inside and outside of your home.

Let me know what you do to get ready for spring. And if you’re planning a project for this spring and need help, contact me. I’d love to discuss how I can help you. 

 

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