Spring is officially here! And although there may still be a few piles of snow on the ground, let's ignore those for a second and talk about preparing our homes for the new season!
When all of your deep cleaning and organizing is complete, (after soaking my blinds in the bath tub and scrubbing all my baseboards I think I'm ready to move on), then spend some time focusing on the design aspect of your home. Here are few steps I take to re-inspire myself when it comes to creating a fresh look for the season:
1. Take a walk-through. Set aside a block of time, whatever you think you'll need, and tour your home room by room. I will literally stand in a room and just look around for a while, taking in each detail. What do you love? What do you keep to simply fill space? Are there things that you value but they don't quite fit with the style of the room? Are there things that are impractical (you constantly trip over, your toddler destroys, something too big or too small)? As you ask yourself these questions begin to move anything that falls into one of the categories and create a pile of these items.
2. "De-Winterize." This applies to any season, but since we're talking about Spring- are there items in your home that are specific to winter? For me, the moment temperatures start to rise some things I pack away are my fur pillows and sweater blankets. They give me something to look forward to come Fall. I also get the urge to simplify and decorate with a more minimalistic style when the weather is warmer, so I tend to pack away extra knick-knacks or photo frames.
3. Sort. Now that you've removed all the things that are either impractical, off-season, or you just don't love, sort that pile! Chances are you've probably got some things to drop off at Goodwill, some seasonal items to store away, and some things you really like- just not where you had them.
4. Rearrange. One of the best things I've learned about keeping my home, and something I read in one of my all-time favorite design books The Nesting Place-
Re-use the things you have!
Before running out to HomeGoods or Marshalls for an impulse buy, look at that pile of things you do like. Figure out ways to reincorporate those items in other areas of your home. If you're like me, you may continually cycle things in and out of rooms in your house until you finally find the spot that sits right, or maybe you realize you never liked that thing to begin with.
5. Make a List/Replenish. NOW that you have officially cleaned out, rearranged, and de-winterized- it's time to assess the situation. Where are the holes in your vision for a fresh, Spring home? What are some things you can add that help you to feel the new season? (I love adding a few new houseplants for spring and summer.) It's fun to treat yourself every once in a while, so whether it's new throw pillows or a new bathroom rug, this process will probably highlight at least one thing you "need."
Design Tip: The things I love the most in my home, the things that I move from room to room but never part with, are the things I have either been given or the things I have searched for.
The impulse buys at discount stores are always fun, and trust me I love HomeGoods as much as the next girl, but the more intentional I am with an item I am looking for, the less I end up spending in the long run!
So take a day, or maybe a few, and spend some time reevaluating all the beauty your home has to offer. Nothing feels better than a fresh start!