A Guide to Spring Cleaning & Decorating

Tulips and daffodils are blooming. Sunshine is beginning to peek out behind the grey clouds. The long, winter months are finally melting away. With the change of season comes an air of inspiration. It’s time to clear away the dusty cobwebs and break out fresh decor. Spring is the perfect occasion to tackle those looming piles of clutter and get organized. Perhaps spring cleaning can seem like an overwhelming task. But even a quick purging session and a fresh coat of paint can leave your space feeling lighter and cheerier. We’ve compiled a few pointers to help make the process as simple and painless as possible (you might even enjoy it).

Spring Cleaning Tips

  1. The Golden Rule: Keep what is ultimately useful.

  2. Part with clutter. There’s no point holding onto something if it’s not useful or doesn’t have any significant meaning.

  3. Organize loose papers. Start a filing system (color coding for the win).

  4. Sort through old clothing. If you haven’t worn it in the past year, chances are you won’t wear it again.

  5. Go through the towering stack of books and CDs.

  6. Tackle that junk drawer. Replace with handy items like office supplies.

  7. Peer into the pantry. Do you have extra canned or boxed food? Donate it to a local food bank (be sure to check the expiration date).

  8. Collect loose change in a mason jar. Once full, take it to a coin machine. You may be surprised how much you earn!

After compiling everything you don’t need, there comes an important question: “What do I do with all this stuff?” Organize a garage sale. Donate your gently used clothes to a local non-profit organization. Bring in your box of books to second-hand book store. Sell old textbooks. Keep something as a gag gift for the next White Elephant holiday party. The possibilities are endless.

Clear space and keep the decor minimal for a simple, airy look. Photo credit: iStock Photos.
A blank wall is the perfect canvas for a gallery display. Photo credit: iStock Photos.

Decorating Tips

Now that you have a fresh canvas, you can start playing with your home’s decor. Redecorating doesn’t necessarily mean buying all new furniture. There’s several ways to update a space with these fun, easy ideas.

  1. Display your favorite knick-knacks. Special memories and items from your travels create a personal touch.

  2. Rearrange your furniture. Find an arrangement that best utilizes your space and shows off your artwork.

  3. Add new throw pillows. If you’re on a budget, sew them yourself! You can buy fabric at a craft store or cut up an old t-shirt.

  4. Are your walls looking tired and dull? A fresh coat of paint can do wonders.

  5. Hang a memo board. A stylish way to display favorite pictures and important notes.

  6. Already have framed art? Repaint the frames for a new look.

  7. Need new artwork? Print your favorite family or travel photos.

  8. Arrange a gallery wall in an empty space. Keep in mind that odd numbers tend to pair best in groupings.

  9. Most importantly, have fun with your decor! Create a unique space that expresses your style and makes you feel at home.

 

Travel photos printed on metal is perfect for remembering favorite trips. What’s your decor style? Photo credit: Michael Sladek

 

A little cleaning and decorating can make a considerable difference. While it may seem like a pesky chore on the springtime to-do list, the end result is worthwhile. A fresh, clean space that celebrates your personal style turns a house into a home. After all, there’s nothing quite like home sweet home.