Spring: a time of rebirth and renewal. It is the season that tends to be synonymous with cleaning, decluttering, and re-organizing the home. We’ve put together a few ideas to help you “spring” into action and get organized for the season.
There are several areas in the home where the swap gets made from winter to spring (the most common being the bedroom and hall closets, mudrooms or laundry rooms). Make the switch from cold weather to warm weather by unpacking your rain jackets for your winter coats. If Jack Frost had you keeping warm with flannel sheets and heavy bedspreads, swap those out for cotton sheets and lighter and brighter duvets.
Let’s not forget the winter wardrobe. Pull all those heavy wool sweaters out of your closets and drawers and replace them with floral silks and lovely linens. This is also a great opportunity to declutter your spaces. Carefully examine the items being swapped to determine whether they should be packed away or not. Generally, if you or your children have outgrown an item, haven’t worn it over the last season, or if it’s looking a little worn, then don’t pack it away or donate them. Consider selling any items or donating them if they are still in good condition to consignment stores (this is particularly great for children’s clothing which is, at times, barely worn).
Another area in the home you can focus on is the kitchen. Spring and summer tend to bring with them more spontaneity so stock the pantry with items that can be used to make quick and easy meals like pasta and bean salads. Keep the refrigerator and freezer stocked with items that can be used for quick grilling as well, along with plenty of water to stay hydrated during spring and summer activities and excursions. This is also a great opportunity to clean out your fridge. Empty out the freezer and defrost it fully to melt any icy build-up and clean up anything that has been in there for an extended amount of time.
Freshen all Your Looks
Most people think of change of wardrobe with change of season, but what about a change of look for your home? Create that spring fresh feeling in your interior as well, but updating your home with lighter and brighter furnishings. Consider replacing heavy rugs and drapes with brighter and lighter ones; blow out those candles and replace them with vases of fresh cut flowers; introduce fresh spring scents into the bathroom hand soaps and lotions and infuse some summer into the kitchen with seasonal prints on tea towels, runners and placements.
Prep and Plan for Spring Cleaning
When the grass gets greener, it certainly feels like everything should be a little cleaner both inside and out. Spring cleaning can seem a bit daunting, but some advance planning and preparation can diminish that feeling. Create a schedule or a game plan, tackle one task at a time, one area at a time, and don’t put pressure on yourself to get it all done in one weekend, for example.
Next, gather all the necessary tools and supplies to get the job done. Prepare a bucket with cleaning sprays, sponges, scrub brushes and gloves; have brooms, vacuums, and steam cleaners on hand, as well. A toolbox with hammer and nails, screwdrivers, and screws is also great to have on hand for any quick fixes.
These simple tips will not only help you get organized for the new season, but will allow you to enjoy it as well.