By Zara Lewis
Already well into spring, your home could probably use a thorough spruce to properly welcome the sunny days and say goodbye to the dreary winter spirit. Make way for florals to overflow your rooms, both in the shape of wonderful boho dresses and your locally grown flower pots, and turn your home into a spotless spring nook. There are several important steps in your annual spring cleaning strategy, so read on to turn your chores into a playful, creative and eco-friendly endeavor that will leave your home sparkly clean, brimming with light and fresh air!
Soap, rinse, repeat!
Although you might be tempted to rush into arranging your breezy summer wardrobe, first thing’s first:
- Scrub every room clean
- Get rid of dusty corners
- Wash and polish everything you can get your hands on
But make sure to use environmentally friendly cleaning supplies. Once you’ve removed that stale, stuffy winter aura, you can move on to cleaning and refreshing your bedding, throw pillows and other heavy fabrics that tend to collect dust.
This will give you a perfect foundation to start decluttering every room in your home. And once you’re satisfied with the result, you will most likely need to give it another quick once-over to make sure everything is up to par.
Scale down to upgrade
Perhaps the greatest challenge of every spring cleaning session is to question the purpose of everything you own. Let the core principles of minimalism guide you in your decision-making process:
- Get rid of all doubles
- Donate unworn clothes to charity
- Give away anything you haven’t used in a long time
Too many seemingly decorative items will give your space a confined look and feel, so take your time to pick out your artsy pieces carefully. It’s always better to opt for fewer, but larger, more prominent items than too many small ones. This will give your home a clean, soothing look with a sense of restored balance and harmony.
Team up with Mother Nature
Nothing will bring your home to life quite like turning it into a little oasis of flowers and greenery:
- A few tall plants in the living room
- Flowers of vibrant colors on your windowsill
- Hanging pots on your balcony rail
- A few pots with spices and herbs for your kitchen
Plants will keep your air pollutant- and toxin-free, rich in oxygen and wonderful, natural scents. Also, they will go really well with wooden furniture and kitchen tables with bowls of fruit.
To further protect yourself from seasonal allergies and keeping your indoor air clean, choose from a wide selection of eco-friendly air purifiers that will make an excellent addition to your spring décor. Finally, what seems like a humbly furnished home guided by minimalism now becomes a lively space you’ll be eager to spend time in.
Bring out the breezy outfits
Just before you give your home another quick scrub, it’s high time to pack up those winter-inspired curtains, fluffy rugs and heavy blankets and covers, perfect for a cup of warm cocoa and a riveting read, but not so spring-friendly.
Pack your winter footwear, coats, hats, scarves and gloves, and finally fill your wardrobe with light tops, your favorite jeans and shorts and of course, wonderful dresses and swimsuits. If you apply the same minimalistic principles to your wardrobe, you will have some room to renew your outfits with a few fresh clothing items from your local designers, which will help your local economy and improve your look!
It might seem like a week-long project you’d gladly put off indefinitely, but if you plan well, allow no distractions, and play some of your favorite tunes, you will forget that this is your dreaded spring cleaning session and you’ll enjoy every second of it!
But most importantly, you will have a chance to make some improvements in your home, express your creativity, and turn your space into a nature-inspired safe haven that will welcome every joy-filled moment of spring.
Want to read more organizing tips? Check out this article on Make Space.
Zara Lewis (Twitter: @ZaraELewis) is a mom, fitness & yoga enthusiast and a regular writer for High Style Life. She is devoted to implementing healthy life habits in every aspect of life of her family and friends. She loves to share her parenting tips and is always open to learning some new skills, because she sees her parenthood as going to school forever. She enjoys traveling, hiking, cycling and baking.