Are you getting ready for Spring? We all love the coziness and warmth of our home in the fall and winter months, but after several months of all of that “coziness”, we are ready for opening up the house to fresh air and lightening up the colors in the house. Nothing gets us in the springtime mood like freshening up the inside as well as the outside of the home. Maybe new paint is in your future, or something as simple as fresh spring flowers on the dining table. There are so many things we can do at this time of the year to lift our spirits and ease our family into the warmer months.
Getting Ready For Spring
In a House Beautiful article by Sarah Yang “The 16 Easiest Ways to Get Your House Ready for Spring”, she incorporates some really good suggestions offered by other individuals for us to get in the mood to update our home. Paloma Contreras shows us her “pillow wardrobe” idea, changing out sofa pillows according to current season. Of course, light and airy is the recipe for Spring. Paloma says “Spring is a great time of year to bring in pillows in breezy fabrics like linen or printed cotton to lighten things up a bit.” Some other thoughts are to refresh the bedding with new shams and a new duvet, or completely rearranging the furniture in a room can make a huge difference in changing the feel. Bring in new, fresh color and scents that let guests know right when they walk in the door that Spring has sprung! New art and florals are another great way to display a change of seasons in your home.
Replace Worn Out Items
Another article that can help us when we are getting ready for Spring is The Schirm Firm’s “Sprucing Up For Spring”. They remind us that,
“There are so many items we use daily that we don’t think to ever replace. The two biggest culprits are living in your bathroom as you read this. Towels and bathmats have a lifespan of 1-2 years. Over time, these items build up dirt, dead skin, bacteria that cannot be seen by the naked eye. It is time to toss those and get a fresh set instead.”
Since it’s a Spring makeover, be sure to pick out bright colors for your “new” bath. Other suggestions are replacing pillows, cleaning out the fridge and throwing out expired foods, and grabbing the Lysol and working your way around light switches, door handles, and door frames. Also, it’s a good time to change out batteries. It’s little things like this that give the home a “redo” feel to welcome in a new season!
Time To Spring Clean
Some other great ideas come from Fox News Magazine. In their article “10 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Spring” they list:
- Change your welcome mat
- Clean the windows
- Add flowers
- Brighten up prints (pillows, linens)
- Add some color to the fridge
- New table setting
- Flip your mattress/change bedding
- Clean – “They don’t call it ‘spring cleaning’ for nothing”
- Light a linen candle
- Lay down mulch
Speaking of Spring Cleaning, Penny Jackson of Penny’s Personal Touch Services cleans residential and commercial properties in the Austin and Round Rock areas. She gives us “5 Easy Tips to Spring Clean the Bedroom” and “5 Steps To Spring Clean Your Bathroom Quickly and Easily.” I know we ALL want our Spring Cleaning to be easy and quick, so you will want to check out her tips. They include getting rid of old cleaning supplies, how to clean your mattress and lamp shades, and more. And if you are looking for an easy way to change your duvet cover to a springtime shade, Penny even shows you an easy way to do that! Her blog including a video gives you step by step instructions.
Getting Ready For Spring: The Outside Of Your Home
With a few exceptions, most of these thoughts have been working with the inside of our homes. To really get into a new look, we need to also pay attention to the outside.
In Homedit’s article “Easy 10 Ways to Spruce Up Your Garden for Spring” , they offer some basic ideas, but things that can’t go overlooked. Regarding the yard and back patio, their 10 ways include:
- Clean it up –Look for dead plants and weeds
- Sprinkle, sprinkle – Don’t forget a sprinkle of food for the soil
- First the veggies – Pick out veggies you’d like to plant
- The already grown – Buy some annuals
- Think about trees and bushes – Spring is best time to plant new trees or bushes
- Accessorize a bit – Statues or a fountain might add a lot
- Check your pots – Check for cracks or maybe opt for something more in style
- Think about furniture – Spruce up current outdoor furniture or invest in new set
- Check older plants – Trim up if needed
- Mulch it – This is a great time of the year to re-mulch
And don’t forget your grill. We all love grilling outside in our beautiful Austin weather! But, you want to make sure that your grill is nice and clean. Our friends at BeyondYard.com have some fantastic tips to ensure that you know exactly how to clean your grill properly. Check out their article entitled, “How To Clean Your Grill: The Ultimate Guide To A Clean Grill.”
So, enjoy the outside fresh air and plant some colorful flowers, while at the same time, changing things up a bit inside for that new Spring feel!
Spring Has Sprung!
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