Yes, it’s just around the corner. Spring. We’ve had a whiff of it this week, and never before have we needed the lift a change of seasons can bring quite so badly. We all need something to look forward to, and getting the home ready for Spring will be one thing we can do now in preparation. And if you think this post is going to be all about cleaning, think again. Yes, cleaning is on the list, but I’d rather be getting on with more pleasurable jobs that are a joy to do, and equally (if not more) satisfying.
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Clean, Tidy and DeClutter The House
Image Credit: Dunelm.
Let’s get this one out of the way first. No, it might not be everyone’s most pleasurable task, but the feeling once it’s done is unbeatable. Start with the de-clutter. Even if it’s just throwing away the magazines that have started piling up, sorting out the junk mail, and organising the wardrobe ready for summer clothes. Lisa Dawson has recently written about ‘Recycle, Donate, Sell: How To Repurpose In Lockdown‘ which has motivated me to get rid of some things I’ve been hanging on to. I recommend a read of that. And once the tidying is done, it’s so much easier to clean the house. We all have our own systems, but the thing that makes the most difference for me is to clean the windows and polish the mirrors until every speck of dust is gone. So satisfying.
Treat Yourself to Something New
Falling Leaves In Spring Collection from Anna Jacobs.
Now, after all that work comes the reward. Treat yourself and your home, to something nice. It doesn’t have to be anything big or expensive (I’ve recently bought some new prints to hang and I’ve got my eye on some things from Zara Home), just something that makes you smile. Maybe the sofa needs some cheering up with new cushions, or the windowsills (now that the windows are sparkling clean) could do with some new houseplants. Or maybe crisp new bedlinen is something you crave at this time of the year. Go on. You’re worth it.
Plan That Decorating Job You’ve Been Putting Off
Image Credit: Furniture & Choice.
There’s probably some jobs around the house that you haven’t got around to yet. What have you been doing during three lockdowns?! I jest. I’m still looking at the guest bedroom in despair, and thinking there’s no point in starting until the weather is warm and I can take the painting of furniture outside. So for now, I’m going to work on the moodboard. This is probably the most fun job you can get where decorating is concerned. Playing around with paint charts, fabric swatches and furniture plans is FUN! So if you need any pointers on how to do this, you can read my post here. And actually it’s a really important job if you want your rooms to look exactly how you planned in your head. What are you waiting for?
Fill The House With Flowers
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Not literally of course. Who can afford that? But Spring flowers are not that expensive in the shops, so you can probably run to filling the house with daffs. Or maybe a pot or two of sweetly scented hyacinths. Flowers can be such a mood lifter, and until the garden and parks are in bloom, why not bring them into the house.
Make a Spring Wreath
Daisy & Foliage Spring Wreath from Lights4Fun.
If you are feeling extra creative, why not make a door wreath for Spring? There’s no rule that says wreaths are only for Christmas, and making your own is not only less expensive but satisfying too. There are lot’s of tutorials online, and in fact I made one myself last year. You can see my tutorial here. I’d advise using faux flowers and stems to ensure it lasts more than a few days, but dried flowers would be just as effective too.
Start Planning for That Post-Lockdown Family Meal
Image Credit: Dobbies Garden Centres.
Just as with decorating projects, often the fun part of planning a family meal is in the menu preparation. That and the table decorations. We’re all so looking forward to seeing friends and family again that it’s going to be the perfect excuse to go completely overboard. Look for inspiration on Pinterest, get out the recipe books, and start practising that cake you’ve always wanted to bake. Then don’t forget to send me an invitation.
Move Outside and Tidy Up The Garden
Deckchair from Denys & Fielding.
If your garden is anything like mine, it’s looking a bit tired and neglected after the winter months. Now is a good time to have a little tidy up. Throw away dead potted plants, sweep up leaves, and wash down patios. It’s not a good idea to prune shrubs yet. That should wait until after the threat of frost passes, but there’s still jobs you can do. Cushions may need a wash to freshen them up, and maybe wooden furniture needs a coat of varnish if it’s been stored inside and is nice and dry. Then get out that deckchair and enjoy even a hint of balmy weather until the evening chill sends you running inside.
Plan Your Summer Planting Scheme
Image Credit: Dobbies Garden Centres.
Luckily this is something you can do inside. Get out the post-it notes and the garden catalogues and start planning for that new border or those hanging baskets. You can order now in the knowledge that you won’t get delivery until the right time for planting I believe. And if you’re short on inspiration, there’s always Pinterest again. A bit of forward planning now will go a long way towards that outside space of your dreams.