After months of icy sidewalks, snowy driveways, and cranking up the heat, it’s finally starting to feel like spring is near. Slowly but surely, the temperatures are climbing.
All these weather changes are happening outside, meaning the world immediately starts to feel more spring-like when you step out your front door. But how can you bring those outdoor changes into your house for a little spring cheer?
As it turns out, there are plenty of easy ways to freshen up your home for spring, and today, we want to bring your attention to a few of them. Follow these tips to get your home ready for spring in no time.
- Wash Your Windows and Doors
- Open Those Windows
- Declutter Your Home
- Get Organized
- Spruce up Your Porch
- Display Photos
- Choose Light Neutrals
- Add Pops of Color
- Upgrade Your Lighting
- Put Away the Winter Gear
- Swap out Your Linens
- Incorporate Greenery
- Break out the Essential Oils
- Replace Your Candles
- Add Some Artwork
- Create a Winning Table Display
- Grow Some Herbs
- Paint a Room
- Decorate With Fruit
- Freshen up With a Few Flowers
How to Prepare Your Home for Spring
Ready to start spreading those light and carefree spring vibes inside your home? Brighten up your space for spring by working your way through this list of ideas.
1. Wash Your Windows and Doors
Cleaning may not be a task most of us look forward to, but something about spring gives many of us the itch to get things looking sparkly again. While this might be the perfect time to clean your entire house and give it a fresh face for spring, we think there’s particular merit in focusing on your doors and windows, even if you clean nothing else.
Clean windows mean a clearer view of the outside world as it bursts into spring. Include the traditional windows in your home and any windows you may have in your doors. Clean the glass, and don’t forget to open the windows and clean out the interior.
Be sure to wipe away any dirt that may have collected throughout winter. Then, you’ll be ready when it comes time to open up your house and enjoy some fresh, warm air.
2. Open Those Windows
Opening windows is the best way to refresh your home’s feel and welcome the sights, sounds, and scents of spring. We know the season arrives slowly, and sometimes in a two-steps-forward, one-step-back manner, meaning that it’s often too cold to open the windows. But try to be vigilant and watch the forecast for warm days.
Take advantage of these by turning off your thermostat and opening windows and doors, leaving only screens between you and outside. This action lets in the spring breezes and does wonders to freshen up the air inside your home.
If it’s too cold to open the windows, at least open the blinds and curtains. Then, the sun can still stream into your home and add a little bit of light to your space.
3. Declutter Your Home
Just as spring is the perfect season to grab a mop and a feather duster and begin cleaning, it’s also the ideal time to breathe new life into your home by tossing out the old. Go through your closet and donate pieces you never wear or that no longer fit.
Reach into the back of your kitchen cupboards and pull out everything expired. Clean up the small decor items that have cluttered your surfaces, and go into the garage to clear out larger items that are broken or no longer necessary.
This decluttering serves two purposes. First, it energizes you for a new season. You’ll be amazed by how revitalized you feel when old, unneeded possessions are no longer bogging you down. Additionally, most of us love going out and browsing the spring sales. By clearing away old items, you make room for these new ones.
4. Get Organized
Once you’ve cleared out things you no longer need, organize the treasures you’ve kept. With the extra space you gained from donating or discarding items, you should now have more room to spread out your belongings.
Take this time to group similar items together so you can quickly find them, then place them in simple, easy-to-access spots. Your newly organized space will fill you with that bright and fresh springtime energy needed to launch you into this new season.
Storage containers are an ideal way to organize your belongings and cut down on clutter. Woven baskets are aesthetically pleasing and helpful for storing items like throw blankets, shoes, and dog toys. They’re also stylish, offering a casual and relaxed look for springtime.
5. Spruce up Your Porch
Your porch isn’t technically part of your indoors, but it is a space that all guests will pass through when they enter your house. If you want to greet your visitors with a burst of spring and sunshine, start by decorating your porch. We recommend sweeping away any dead leaves and dirt that accumulated over the winter and freshening up any patio furniture you have.
Once these bare bones are clean and ready to go, it’s time to add some finishing touches. Why not add a spring wreath to the door, some cut flowers, or even a splash of bright color in the form of a new pillow or tablecloth? Even something as simple as a new rug or doormat can make the difference you’re looking for.
6. Display Photos
Even if you don’t have a spring break trip planned, you can print and display some of your favorite travel photos around your home. Welcome the warm season and evoke joyful reminders of your favorite destinations. Travel photography is visually pleasing and resembles works of art, plus it’s more personal!
You can hang them on the wall, frame and set them on tables or mantles, or even display them on a bulletin board. You can also seamlessly switch out these photos for other prints in the future, if desired.
7. Choose Light Neutrals
Heavy drapes, dark throw pillows, hand towels, and blankets give your home a warm, cozy feeling that’s ideal for winter, but they can feel out of place once spring starts to show its face.
Instead, choose lighter fabrics and colors inspired by the natural world. Think white, cream, beige, and light gray instead of black, navy, or charcoal, and try to incorporate these lighter shades wherever possible.
8. Add Pops of Color
Decorating your home for spring is easy when you remember that all it takes is a simple pop of color. And with so many opportunities to incorporate these small bits of color into your home, you have all the options in the world. Some examples include:
- A vase of flowers
- A colorful throw blanket over the back of the couch
- A colored shower curtain
- Pastel hand towels
- Bright area rugs
- Floral throw pillows
If you aren’t sure where to add a little color, take a quick walk through your house and note which corners seem dark or even dismal. While you can add color anywhere, these dark corners should be a priority.
9. Upgrade Your Lighting
Springtime is a season of celebrating natural beauty, and many of the artificial lights we use in our homes every day can be harsh and at odds with nature. While these are sometimes necessary to brighten your home during the dark winter months, why not swap them out now that spring is here? Try a salt lamp, strings of fairy lights, or full-spectrum light bulbs designed to mimic natural light.
If your home has outdated light fixtures, consider revamping them with something fresh and modern for spring. For instance, a contemporary chandelier or woven pendant light can instantly transform a room. Replacing light fixtures is a simple, yet highly effective, way to make your home feel more like spring.
10. Put Away the Winter Gear
Coats, heavy boots, gloves, and knit scarves occupy our entryways and mudrooms during the winter months. But now that spring is approaching, we can start to pack these items away, clearing up space and giving you extra room. You’ll also minimize reminders of winter, helping your mindset along the road to spring.
11. Swap out Your Linens
Your linens provide another opportunity to achieve a more spring-like feel. While you’re already in the process of spring cleaning, grab bed sheets, towels, blankets, and any other linens you might have around your house. Wash them, but instead of putting them back out, substitute them for lighter and brighter varieties.
For example, you could switch out those flannel sheets with a white cotton set. Or, perhaps you might swap that checkered towel for a white one with some pastel detailing. Spring is the perfect opportunity to replace cable-knit blankets and heavy fleece throws for lighter, breezier fabrics.
12. Incorporate Greenery
Nothing livens up your space for springtime quite like potted plants and greenery. If you’d rather forgo the upkeep of indoor plants, you can always opt for low-maintenance options, like mini succulents or aloe vera. And there’s no shame in faux greenery — it requires zero maintenance and still does the trick!
13. Break out the Essential Oils
Get your home smelling like a garden, a forest, or even the seaside by splurging on a collection of fragrant essential oil scents. If you have a diffuser, add a few drops of oil and let the scent gradually disperse itself throughout your home, filling the air with the fragrance of lilacs, rain, or pine forest. When you get up in the morning, these fresh scents can give you an energy boost to carry you through the day.
You can also add a few drops of your favorite oil to your laundry and soap next time you wash your sheets, towels, or blankets. You’ll find these linens come out of the laundry smelling extra fresh and spring-like.
14. Replace Your Candles
Perhaps your home is bursting with pumpkin, peppermint, or gingerbread candles for the holidays. While these are excellent for the winter season, you may want to swap out these scents now that spring is on the way.
Invest in some citrus or floral candles to fill your space with lighter, breezier aromas. If you aren’t one for strong fragrances, you can always opt for unscented candles in pastel tones for a springtime look and feel.
15. Add Some Artwork
As mentioned earlier, bright pops of color go a long way in making your home feel like spring. Adding or replacing the wall art in your living room, kitchen, entryway, or bedroom is another great way to freshen and update your space. Think flowers, greenery, gardens, meadows, blue skies, and other nature-inspired scenes that evoke feelings of springtime.
If you’d like to flex your creative muscles, you can purchase some blank canvases and create spring artwork for a personal touch! Drying and pressing flowers to frame and hang is also a creative way to incorporate dried flowers and wall art into your home.
16. Create a Winning Table Display
The dining room is a great place to create a springtime look and feel. Lay the table with pastel placemats or a tablecloth with a delicate floral edge, then set up cheerful place settings.
Craft a beautiful centerpiece with flowers, like a springy yellow rose bouquet. These little touches can go a long way in bringing that bright springtime feeling into your home.
17. Grow Some Herbs
Gardening is the perfect way to ring in springtime. While it might still be too chilly to dig your garden outside, you can easily do a little planting inside your home. Do you have a large windowsill that gets plenty of sun every day? If so, this is a perfect place for your new herb garden.
Head to your local nursery or garden center, pick out a few herb seed packets or seedlings, and get these started in little pots on the windowsill. Water them diligently and make sure they’re getting enough sun. Before you know it, you’ll have fresh herbs to use for cooking. Some lovely choices for your herb garden include thyme, basil, and mint.
18. Paint a Room
Like swapping out decades-old light fixtures, repainting a room is a quick and easy renovation that dramatically transforms your space. If you have a day or two to spare, consider giving your walls a fresh springtime makeover. Paint colors like soft yellow, light turquoise, terracotta, gray-blue, or even bold chartreuse are excellent choices to welcome spring.
19. Decorate With Fruit
If you’re looking for a spring-like and colorful centerpiece, fill a bowl with fruit. Lemons are a perfect choice, though they’re far from the only one.
Grab a pretty glass bowl, fill it with your fruit of choice, and set it in the middle of the table. This simple, show-stopping centerpiece gives your table that splash of color it needs.
20. Freshen up With a Few Flowers
Nothing says spring like flowers, and there’s no better way to bring the spring weather from outside into your home. A bright batch of tulips, fresh peonies, or a timeless rose bouquet can go miles toward transforming your home into a bright and spring-like paradise. They look beautiful as a table centerpiece or on your kitchen island, or they might add a bit of cheer to your morning when set on your nightstand.
Flowers are always a winner when tucked onto bookshelves or mantelpieces, and who can resist a charming bouquet perfectly placed on a windowsill or above the kitchen sink?
You also have options in terms of the vase you display them in. Opt for a traditional cut glass vase, or lean into the rustic and natural vibes of springtime by choosing a Mason jar or an antique bottle. You could also repurpose a jar from your fridge that you’ve emptied and cleaned out. Whether you decide to go elegant or natural, flowers will surely make everyone in your home start thinking about spring.
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