1. Toss Anything Useless
There’s a decorating proverb that goes, “Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” It’s a nice adage, because it allows for individual tastes. Not everyone will need the same pieces of furniture or consider the same art appealing. Everyone, though, owns a lot of clutter that’s neither useful nor beautiful. Use this season as an excuse to purge all of the furniture, possessions, and clothes that no longer serve a functional or aesthetic purpose.
2. Bring in Spring
It sounds like an Old Wives’ Tale, but it’s true: House plants help purify the air in a home. After you’ve cleared off clutter on shelves and around windows, invest in a few plants to decorate and enliven your home. Ferns, ivy, and succulents require little maintenance, but they add a great deal of beauty and reflect the energy of the vibrant season.
3. Tackle Stains
You mop and dust throughout the year, but you probably overlook that patch of carpet two shades darker than the rest. Take the time and spend a little extra money on heavy-duty products and stain removers to clean off grease stains on the walls, scuffs in the wood floors, and spills on the rug.
4. Change the Mood
You don’t have to purchase a new set of furniture or repaint a room to adjust its mood. Small decorating changes can alter the feeling and sentiment of any space. Buy a new pillow with a unique pattern, or add a multicolored vase to an otherwise subdued shelf. If you want a seasonal change, look for floral designs and bright greens to capture the essence of spring in the room.
5. Let the Light in
With the long, dreary nights of winter over, daylight is increasing, no matter where you live. Deep clean your windows, removing any grime or fogginess will allow the sun to enter your rooms more clearly. Dust or wash any fixtures, too, that may have been ignored during the cold months, and replace any burnt bulbs. The life and energy of spring is here, and the way you clean, organize, and decorate can make it feel even stronger.
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