Today I’m joining my fellow Life Skills Network bloggers in a Rejuvenating blog tour! I’m sharing tips on rejuvenating your home for spring below, and at the end you’ll find links to the other posts in the tour.
When I say rejuvenating your home for spring, I’m not talking about spring cleaning. I like to spring clean, but it is a huge job that takes a lot of energy and time. Rejuvenating your home, on the other hand, should be easy to do and give you energy to tackle those bigger tasks later on.
Here are five things you can do to embrace spring and rejuvenate your home today:
Open the Windows
You’ve probably heard the statistics before about how poor the indoor air quality is in most homes. I would imagine that it’s at its worst on the coldest days of winter when everyone is hunkered down inside and doing everything they can to avoid opening doors and windows.
On the other hand, there’s nothing I love more than opening our windows to let the fresh air in, and when the thermometer hits 50 degrees, we start opening them for short periods so that the cross breeze can blow across the house and air it out. Having the windows open not only airs out the house, though; it also lifts our spirits. When the windows are open, I find myself breathing more deeply, humming more often (much to my family’s chagrin) and just generally feeling happier as I go about my day.
Last year, I bought the seedlings for my garden from the local nursery. This year, however, I decided to start my own seedlings, and watching the bright green plants shoot up from the dirt has been a wonderful way to enjoy spring inside our home. Whether you plant wheatgrass in a decorative container, pick up some Easter lilies at the local store or just give your seedlings a prominent space in your living area, having live plants inside is energizing and healthy.
Although we’re not talking about spring cleaning in this post, I couldn’t leave decluttering off the list. Go through your home with a trash bag and a box and declutter your surfaces and open spaces. Throw away anything that’s broken, incomplete or just not worth passing on, and fill the box with things that you can give away. Don’t worry about opening drawers, cabinets and closets for now but instead focus on the areas you can see and eliminate as much of the clutter as you can. If you have some straightening up to do, carry a laundry basket with you as well, and fill it with everything that needs to be moved to another room.
As you clear surfaces and eliminate visual clutter, your home will feel more peaceful and relaxing and less stressful, and you’ll find that you have more energy and motivation to tackle the larger spring cleaning and organizing tasks on your to-do list.
Embrace the Season
If you want decorating advice, you should probably talk to my husband rather than to me because he got all of those skills, and I got none. However, one thing I’m good at is bringing the seasons into our home by making small little changes in each room. Although some people go all out and change everything around each season, it doesn’t have to take a lot of storage or money. Instead, look for small ways to embrace the season:
- We use different colored candles or kitchen towels according to the season. Break out the whites and bright greens/blues for spring!
- In our kitchen, we have a silver-plated serving piece that holds different seasonal items. In the fall and winter, we usually fill it with pine cones. In the summer, it holds a collection of seashells. I’m still trying to come up with a new idea for spring because I’m just not ready to pull those seashells out yet, but I’m ready to pack away the pine cones. Any ideas?
- We also have this funky wooden tree that Sean built that holds Christmas ornaments during the holidays and brown nubby wood balls the rest of the time, but I’d like to find some fun green or purple balls to hang on it for spring.
- I love to display fresh flowers around my home, especially in the spring. It’s an easy way to add a splash of color to any room!
Move Things Around
You don’t just have to keep things in storage the rest of the year in order to refresh your home for spring, though. Try moving things around, whether it’s the furniture in your family room or the decor displayed on your shelves. Mixing things up makes everything feel fresh, and it doesn’t have to cost a dime.
Two years ago, we were getting ready for my grandmother’s first visit to our new home when we realized how very bare the guest bathroom was. Going into town to shop for new items to decorate it wasn’t going to happen, so I began scavenging through the rest of our home. We were so happy with the way it turned out that we left it that way long after her visit!
What do you do to welcome spring and rejuvenate your home?
Be sure to visit the rest of the Life Skills members to read about:
- Rejuvenating Your Budget, The Wisdom Journal
- 5 Steps to Rejuvenate Your New Year’s Resolutions, My Supercharged Life
- Rejuvenation for a Worn Out Crabby Mom, The Confident Mom
- Rejuvenate Your Finances, My Dollar Plan