Winter is over and Spring is here! It’s time to release the baggage built up over the cooler months and time to cleanse the soul and your home.
Here are 5 ways to get your home “Spring Ready”.
1. Clearing Clutter
Depending on the type of clutter, sometimes the clutter is due to lack of storage so giving it a permanent home and storing in a labelled box with a lid is one way to clear clutter. See No. 2 Organising your Stuff for more.
If the clutter is a little more complicated, then clearing it will be an emotional and physical one, so you need to be kind to yourself. Some general rules I would recommend:
• Don’t clear clutter when you are angry or frustrated as you are not considering your actions as clearly!
• Always good to have some music playing or a nice smell in the room as it will engage your senses and make it a pleasant task to do. And natural light!! Natural light does wonders for your physical and emotional wellbeing.
• Be clear about why you are clearing clutter and why you have been storing the item/s. Understanding this will assist with you being clear on what you want to do with it.
• If the clutter is something you haven’t looked at, used or has no sentimental value for a period of 6-12months (I use this timeline as you might only use something in a particular season or time of year) then it’s time to go! However, to deal with the process of letting it go, think about who might like it or benefit from it, and that will help with the emotional attachment as it feels wonderful giving it to someone in need or brings happiness.
2. Organising Your Stuff
Space is something every room, home or workplace has; and more often than not you are paying for it someway or another! Space can be useful big or small and I think why it is so often undervalued in society is the thinking that “big or oversized is better” however, it is starting to change! It used to be big rooms, big houses, etc but now houses are being built on smaller blocks and they still have the useful storage solutions and plenty of it! It takes more to think about how to use a small space than a large space because the smaller it gets the more you need to challenge yourself to think outside the box so to speak!
To create more storage space without spending a fortune my advice would be to step back and look at the space – what shape is it, what can you store there, what’s needed to make it work, like a box, basket, shelf, cupboard, etc. There is no hard and fast rules but lots of items already in your home could become the storage device like a jar, shoe box, suitcase, hanging rod, etc
Tip: Look at items around the house before spending money on the space as you might be able to resolve it with time rather than money.
3. Spring Decorating
There are so many ways to invite in the outdoors into your home, and furniture and décor are the easiest, most versatile items to do it with! I generally suggest to clients when buying major pieces of furniture to buy in neutral tones so that you can accessorize with the Seasons!
Decluttering is a big contributor that will welcome Spring, warmth and energy into your home so this would be the starting point. If you have a window in the space, I would open it – move heavy curtains, lift blinds and expose the room to the sunlight and the greenery outside.
Position furniture to be enjoyed in the sunlight like occasional chairs and a small coffee table, or have the furniture facing out to a garden, water feature or even just an ornamental tree. Don’t have a garden outside then bring it inside – small potted plants on coffee tables, side tables, buffets or even artificial plants in baskets (if you are not a plant person)
Introduce bright colours which add vibrancy to your space but if you have a colour-phobia then use the colour in small amounts like a couple of cushions, throw rug, ornament on the coffee table. Less is more! Add a pattern and generally any pattern goes like geometric, floral, abstract – anything to create energy in the space.
Costing Saving Changes I Would Recommend:
• A couple of accent cushions that might have a splash of colour or pattern to create energy!
• A plant whether small, large, real or artificial and put in a cute pot or basket that may have colour or texture to create interest.
• Decluttering doesn’t cost a dime, and this will spruce up a room straight away!
4. Create Zones
Not sure how to decorate your home for Spring? Battling with small spaces with lots of activity?
Then my tips would be:
• Select furniture that has dual purpose like a lounge that opens up to a bed, ottoman with a lid for storage, etc
• Looking at the height of the space as well as the width and create storage or furniture that can make use of the ceiling or wall space.
• Look at making some furniture mobile with wheels or create storage solutions behind artwork or televisions
• Create zones using rugs or positioning furniture to define a space for certain activities
5. Instant Room Energy Boozers
• Cushions – colours and patterns create energy which is the same feeling when Spring comes and everything grows and comes out of hibernation.
• Plants – they are a natural thing. It cleanses your air you breathe, gives life to a space with its living energy. Artificial plants can give a similar feeling but in an artificial way – more through your own senses and memory.
• Oil Diffusers – they provide a fresh smell which creates vibrancy and energy
• Basically, anything that makes you use your senses to enjoy – sight, smell, feel!
I hope after completing these 5 steps you are feeling positive and clear minded to conquer the next few months of Spring.
It has been a crazy year, but investing some time keeping your safe haven, the place you call home, decluttered and “baggage-free” will assist you in prospering both mentally and physically.
About the Author
Article written by Rosanna Pappalardo from RJP Design and Décor for Crown Properties QLD.
Rosanna is an award-winning Interior Designer on the Sunshine Coast. She specialises in residential and small commercial projects.