As spring arrives (hurray!) after a long, cold winter, what could be nicer than airing the home and giving it an all-over “refresher”? And with the longer days who can resist ‘springing’ into action to ready themselves and their residence for the balmier weather? Here are some ideas to get you going:
CLEAN - ok, this entails some elbow grease, but is definitely worth the effort. Give everything a proper cleanse to rid the house of musty smells, dust and cobwebs. Hang out carpets and replace moldy shower curtains. Washing the windows lets in the lovely increased daylight and opening them once finished allows stale air to escape. Use green housework products, as they are better for the environment as well as you and your family’s health.
DECLUTTER - do some sorting and reducing simultaneously to diminish the number of items around you. Less is truly more! Storage areas such as cupboards and closets are a good place to start. We all have far more than we need/use so donate your reusable goods to a favourite charity. Your house and your spirits will be lifted by engaging in this task!
REPLACE - this involves changing from heavy to less substantial linen and includes bed, bath, table and kitchen. Make sure that before you put them away though, they’re clean and completely dry. Consider too, swapping winter curtains, couch covers and cushions to brighter, lighter more playful, summery hues and patterns.
INFUSE - nothing nicer than having some colour indoors at this time of year. Something living, like spring flowers in a vase (particularly those with a lovely scent!) or a plant in bloom are an inexpensive, eco-friendly and cheerful way to energize a home. A new or repurposed item, accessory, or piece of artwork can also transform a space from dull to lively.
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