Want to give your home a spring refresh without breaking the bank? Here’s a simple checklist to lighten up your space for the new season.
With spring officially in the air, I am on a mission to lighten up our home – give it a seasonal refresh – without needing to buy all new items and make a huge dent in our budget.
There are a few small items that are dirty and worn that could use a replacement, but for the most part, I’ve been able to give our house a facelift without a massive trip to Target.
Sometimes it only takes a bit of rearranging, deep cleaning, and a fresh bouquet of flowers to brighten up a space.
If anything, most of us have spent so much time at home over the past year, that it might just help to elevate your mood and alleviate stress by making your well-lived in rooms seem new again.
Here’s the checklist I’ve been working through to air out our home for spring and prep for the warmer months ahead.
How To Give Your Home a Spring Refresh
1. Deep clean or replace kitchen and bathroom rugs that are dirty or worn.
I recently purchased this rug to replace the one in the boys’ bathroom that was getting ratty. I had a gift card from Christmas and saved it for spring!
2. Play throw pillow roulette.
I do the throw pillow roulette every spring by simply swapping the throw pillows on the couches and master bed. I like neutral colors all winter and brighter colors in the warmer months.
I purchased a few newer throw pillows from Hearth & Hand last year – I couldn’t resist – so now we have a bunch of pillows all in navy blue, patterns, and coral to mix and match.
3. Air it out.
Get ready for warmer days by cleaning the windows and putting the screens back in. I LOVE to open the windows on any day that is warmer than our thermostat’s temp. Not only do you get that spring breeze, but you’ll get to hear all the sounds of outdoors, too.
I grew up sleeping with our windows open all summer (we didn’t have air conditioning in our bedrooms until I was in middle school!), so I love the sounds of summer nights.
4. Decorate your desk or dining room table with a fresh bouquet of flowers.
All of the tulips that are popping up outside can bring some cheerful color inside, too! How could a bright bouquet of yellow tulips not cheer you up while you work!?
5. Awake your senses with a new citrus or botanical candle.
Make sure all of your fall and winter scented candles are stashed away until next season. Then add a lemon or rose candle to your entry way or bathroom.
6. Wash your winter wear.
Not the most exciting task, but think about all of your seasonal wear and give it a good wash before you store it away until the fall.
Wash your heavy winter coats (or even drop them off at the dry cleaners for a deep clean), then pack them away and make room for your spring/summer wardrobe. Give less-used duvet covers a run through the laundry, and areas you rarely vacuum a little attention.
Some of the pros will tell you to wash all of your curtains once a year, and this is precisely why I have very few curtains in my house
7. Give patio furniture a pat down.
Hose off dust and spider webs from the patio and outdoor furniture so you can start using it! (But maybe wait until pollen season has passed – golly, that green pollen gets everywhere!)
These are the Nantucket Rocking Chairs from Grandin Road. THEY ROCK!
8. Be bold with brighter colored décor.
While I love neutral home decor, it’s fun to sprinkle in some color once this time of year. Candles, throws, pillows, vases, pitches, napkins – all the accessories with pops of color come out of hibernation.
9. Get the garden going.
If you’re planning to plant, now’s the time! Make a plan for your garden this year. (I always seem to wait too long!) Till the soil, pull the weeds, clear the brush. Maybe get the sled out of the yard (I’m looking at you Mazen!!). There is nothing that smells more like spring than a fresh cut lawn!
10. Refresh your menu for spring!
Now that seasonal produce is changing (hello asparagus, peas, and juicy strawberries to name a few!), it may be time to thinking about switching up what’s on your plate. If your meal plan is feeling stale (hah!) coming out of a long winter, refresh your menu by ordering a week or two of Blue Apron meals to get your palate ready for the new season.
Here are few delicious spring-inspired meals you could choose in the coming weeks:
- Shawarma-Spiced Vegetable & Couscous Bowls with Arugula and Roasted Lemon Labneh
- Lemon-Caper Tilapia with Orzo, Zucchini and Tomatoes
- Fresh Basil Fettuccini with Roasted Red Peppers
Let someone else do the meal planning for you – you already have enough on your plate.
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What’s one thing you must do to welcome spring?
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