Spring is the time to embrace growth and new beginnings, and you want to make sure the style of your home reflects that energy. Spring cleaning, merging warm and cold weather styles, purging the old and then refreshing your space with thoughtfully selected new pieces will help you celebrate the season.
Nothing ruins the bright and airy spring feeling you are going for like dust and clutter. Spring cleaning is a norm for a reason. Thoroughly cleaning your space will make it feel refreshed and ready for the new season.
1. Rotate your mattress
Most modern mattresses are not designed to be flipped because they have a sturdier bottom layer and a softer top layer. However, rotating your mattress once or twice a year is still a good idea since it helps distribute pressure more easily, which makes your mattress last longer. Experts recommend replacing your mattress every six to eight years, and it can be a good time to do so while you are refreshing the rest of your home.
2. Clean your windows
To make the most of springtime sunshine, clean your windows properly to let the light in while avoiding streaks. These tips can help you get sparkling clean windows:
- Try to choose a cloudy day for window cleaning. Bright sunlight can dry your cleaning products too quickly, which can lead to streaks that are hard to get rid of.
- Vacuum the window frame with a handheld vacuum or hose attachment before you start spraying window cleaner.
- Remove your window screens, wash them with soap, water and a soft brush, and let them dry before popping them back in.
- Use a microfiber cloth to dry the windows to avoid streaks.
3. Refresh carpets, upholstery and curtains
Vacuuming with either a brush attachment or a handheld vacuum is the simplest way to clean curtains and sofas. Unless they’ve gotten especially dirty, vacuuming to remove dust is usually all the cleaning your curtains need. You may need to spot-clean any stains on your couch. Check the best products based on its material, and consider renting a carpet cleaner.
4. Address overlooked spots
Spring cleaning is also a great time to get to the spots you do not have time for during routine cleaning sessions. These spots include your baseboards, under your furniture, under your appliances, light fixtures and doorframes. Move furniture and appliances so you can vacuum or wipe underneath them. Use a sponge and warm water with a bit of dish soap to wash baseboards, door frames and walls as needed. Use a long-handled duster or microfiber cloth to dust light fixtures and any spots that need it. Cleaning small parts of your home that you tend to overlook makes your home feel fresh, clean and ready for a new season.
5. Put away winter gear
Depending on where you live, you might need to wait until spring has fully arrived to pack up your winter necessities. However, it is always a good idea to put away snow shovels, winter boots and heavy coats as soon as the weather makes it practical to do so. Getting these bulky items out of the way helps you move out of the winter mindset and start decorating for spring.
While winter is about hunkering down and staying cozy inside, spring is about getting outside and connecting with nature. Since you are probably ready for spring before the weather has warmed up enough to spend lots of time outside, starting to bring the outside in is a great way to feel inspired by the new season.
6. Bring in flowers and greenery
Flowers and foliage bring life and color into your home. Whether you opt for cut flowers, faux flowers or potted plants, this is a simple way to make your home feel like spring. Fill a vase to brighten up your kitchen table, mantle or entryway table. Fresh flowers and plants give you the feeling of truly bringing nature indoors, while faux flowers offer the same look with less maintenance. Greenery offers a similar style in a more neutral color palette. Adding plants to your home is an easy update because you can fill vases and baskets you already have instead of changing your existing décor.
7. Add pops of color
Spring décor uses bright, nature-inspired colors like yellow, blue and green. Incorporating small pops of these colors into your home will help create a spring feel. This can mean adding a larger piece like an accent chair or a small accessory like a throw pillow. Spring colors can work with most color schemes, so you will almost always be able to add them to your space without making major changes.
8. Put up botanical art
New artwork is always a great way to update your space, and botanical pieces are a beautiful way to incorporate spring styles. Line drawings of birds, watercolor floral paintings, owl sculptures and forest scenes are all great ways to add a touch of the outdoors to your décor. As with pops of color, art pieces make it easy to refresh your look without buying new furniture or making long-term changes.
9. Incorporate natural textures
Texture is another stylish way to bring the outside in. Wicker, rope, jute and rattan pieces all contribute to your fresh spring vibe. Baskets and other containers, which can also be filled with flowers for additional nature-inspired style, are an easy way to add texture.
10. Refresh linens
Once the weather warms up a bit, it is a good time to switch out your heavy winter linens for pieces that are lighter in both color and weight. Putting white or pastel sheets on your bed or replacing your thick quilt with a lighter comforter makes your bedroom feel ready for spring. It will also help you feel more comfortable as temperatures rise. In your living room, do the same swap with your throw blankets. Lighter colors brighten up the space visually, and lighter textures feel more comfortable for spring temperatures.
Spring is the season of new beginnings, which means you want to make sure you are not being weighed down by old clutter. Getting rid of things that you have too many of and that are showing their age will help you get ready for the new season.
11. Declutter everything
Spring is a great time to go through all the areas in your home to clear out overcrowded storage spaces and get rid of things you do not use. Donate clothes that no longer fit, do not work with your lifestyle anymore or are not in alignment with your style preferences. This lets you enjoy the transition to spring in a wardrobe that works for you and makes you feel great. Follow the same process with kitchen utensils, books or any other problem areas in your home. Getting rid of the excess will make your home feel lighter and airier for the new season. Even though these are not décor pieces, creating more room will make your storage spaces look more streamlined and feel more organized.
12. Retire worn out pieces
The items you use regularly, from throw blankets to furniture pieces, are also the most likely to wear out. During your spring refresh, make sure to look around to identify pieces that have worn out and are ready to be retired. Faded and frayed furniture and throw blankets and chipped or sun-bleached accessories take away from the fresh aesthetic you are working to create.
Once you’ve cleared out the old, it’s time to bring in the new. Embrace the new beginnings of springtime by adding in some new décor pieces. You do not need to completely redecorate to make your home feel refreshed. Choosing some key pieces can brighten up your home while making the most of your existing favorites.
13. Look for inspiration
Before you actually buy anything, enjoy the process of finding ideas and looking at pictures for style inspiration. This is both fun and an easy way to make better purchasing decisions. Social media accounts from Star Furniture and your other favorite décor shops and influencers are all great sources of inspiration. Find others who have already figured out the perfect spring setup and think about how to incorporate their concepts into your home.
14. Prioritize new décor purchases
You may have already been dreaming of an upgrade for a particular piece of furniture, or you came across some ideas while looking for inspiration that are perfect for your space. You may already love your furniture and other foundational décor pieces but want some new accents to make the space feel fresh this spring. Regardless, spring is a great time to move new décor pieces to the top of your shopping list. This can mean adding in some new art, completely redesigning your home or anything in between.
If you are ready to take your home to the next level this spring, Star Furniture has the resources you need, from ideas and inspiration to furniture and lighting.
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