It’s spring, and that means it’s time for spring cleaning! Air out your home with a round of spring cleaning that makes the space feel clean, lets in the light and refreshes your space. Once you’ve tidied, use extra funds to do some of that redecorating around the home that you’ve been putting off.
Spring Cleaning Basics
While you can always do more spring cleaning, add these basics to your to-do list for sooner, rather than later.
- Organize closets – Those bulky winter sweaters can head for storage and those lighter spring cardigans can come out. While switching items over, set aside clothing you no longer wear and items you no longer need for donation. This reduces clutter and helps you feel good.
- Wash windows – Grime and dirt builds up. Wash inside and out for a crystal-clear view. Wash blinds too, since dust can accumulate.
- Vacuum and mop floors – If you tracked in salt or sand over the winter, now’s the time to dig deep and remove it. Vacuum, sweep and mop all surfaces. Use strong vacuums like Dyson vacuums and an eco-friendly cleaner.
- Change ceiling fan directions – In the winter, running your fans clockwise distributes the warm air evenly, for more efficient home heating. For spring and summer, you’ll want to switch to the standard counterclockwise movement.
- Spring clean your fridge – If old condiments and leftovers get pushed to the back of the fridge, now is the time to deep clean that fridge!
Redecorate for the Season
Once you’ve updated your closet, you may be tempted to update your sheets and duvet for lighter, springier materials. Why stop there? Purchase new slipcovers for throw pillows or a new headboard to change the mood of your bedroom. Or try these other spring redecorating ideas.
- Repaint – It’s amazing how a simple coat of paint will refresh a room. If your paint is looking shabby or you’re in the mood for a change, this offers major impact for a low cost.
- New window treatments – Adding a new set of blinds or curtains affects the look and feel of a room. If you’ve used something dark and heavy for winter, switch things up for a lighter feel.
- Refresh with flowers and plants – Brighten your home with natural or artificial flowers and plants to bring some of the outside cheer into your home. Choose a plant with light requirements suited to your home. For low-maintenance, think succulents, lucky bamboo or peace lily.
- Incorporate trendy colors and styles – Throw pillows, accent rugs and wall art are ideal for incorporating modern styles. They’re relatively inexpensive and an easy way to modernize a room for under $50.
- Reduce clutter – Apply a “spring cleaning” tactic to your decor, too. Reduce the clutter in a room to draw more attention to the artifacts and knick-knacks you’ve gathered for display. With too many items in an area, your eye tends to glaze over rather than hone in. Store the extra items or give them away.
These are just some of the many ideas for spring cleaning and redecorating. Start here and get inspired to change some of those areas of your home that need fixing, bring in a lighter touch for spring. Once you begin revamping and redecorating, you may not want to stop!