Ah, Spring… hyacinth and lily of the valley fragrances fill the air. The days are longer, warmer and brighter. And after a long season of cabin fever, we’re all more than ready to welcome spring’s essence inside. W. Earl Hall said it best, “Science has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day.” It’s the very reason why many of us are motivated more than ever to freshen and clean our homes. But with hectic work schedules and busy home lives, there’s little time left to do the spring cleaning we’d like to accomplish. So here are some speedy ways to give your house the look and feel of spring.
Brighten The Room
Start by brightening the look of your house. This can be as simple as opening all your blinds and curtains. Replacing heavier window treatments with lighter ones like sheers is an easy way to welcome the spring sun into your rooms. Swap out your heavy comforters and quilts with lighter bedspreads and throws in colors that mimic spring’s palette like watery blues, bright cotton whites, rose pink, bright orange and nature’s varying shades of green.
Make Time to Clean
A little time-blocking can work wonders too. If you set aside just 15 minutes per day for a few quick cleaning tasks, you’ll have a much fresher looking interior in a week’s time. Start by vacuuming your carpets. The next day focus on baseboards and any woodwork, vacuuming them first and then wiping them down with a wet cloth. The following day dust or vacuum your lampshades. On the fourth day, wash the windows at the front of your house. On the fifth day, wash the windows in the back. When you wash the windows, you not only give the whole house a cleaner look and feel, you allow more light to come in which does a wonder for your psyche.
Get the Smell of Spring
Of all the uplifting scents in life, nothing beats the smell of a clean house. Scents are more powerful than you might think and closely associated with a person’s mood. But with our busy schedules, who has the time to clean the whole house? A fast and easy way to fill your home with spring’s fragrances is by placing scented candles throughout your home. Choosing scents that are associated with warm weather like Pink Sands, Sun and Sand and Midsummer Nights will cheer you up in no time.
Say Goodbye to Winter
You’ll want to keep your winter clothes, linens and draperies fresh while they’re in storage over the spring and summer months. One way to accomplish this is by using fresh dryer sheets between garment layers. Dryer sheets aren’t just for the dryer anymore. They’re ideal for protecting your garments from developing a musty aroma.
Turn Up the Tunes
Just as a crackling fire and holiday music are closely associated with winter, even the right music can make your home feel more like spring. The sound of Colbie Caillat’s “Brighter Than the Sun,” U2’s “It’s a Beautiful Day,” and Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” are all fun melodies that fill our hearts and rooms with sunshine. And if the weather is nice, you can open the windows and bring in the sounds of chirping birds, wind chimes and playing children’s laughter.
Using bright spring colors on lighter weight fabrics, air freshener or scented candles throughout your rooms and playing cheerful music are all ways to welcome spring into your home.