This time of year we all get the urge to do a bit of spring cleaning and maybe even the desire to spruce up our homes just in time for the new season. Luckily there are some simple ways to spruce up your space without breaking your back or the bank.
If you’re stuck figuring out where to start reviving your house for the warmer days ahead, try our five favorite solutions for sprucing up your home just in time for spring.
1. Add a Rug
Not sure how to add a bit of character to your entryway? A small area rug is a great way to create a welcoming foyer! Now that you’re not worried about tracking in filthy snow and ruining a nice rug, it’s the perfect time to incorporate one and freshen up your entryway.
It doesn't matter how large or small your entryway is, you can easily find a rug to suit your needs. Plus, a great way to save money and add a little life to the area is to take a rug you already have in another area of your house and repurpose it for the entryway. Just be sure to add a nonslip layer underneath to keep your beautiful rug from sliding all over the place.
If you live in an area that is particularly rainy throughout the spring, add a boot tray for collecting all of those rainy shoes before they can track mud all over the house.
2. Redecorate Your Shelves
Over the winter, it is easy for regular household chores go undone, especially when they involve dusting. Use this time of year as an opportunity to not only dust off those shelves, but also add a bit of style and decor to them.
You don't even need to buy new knick knacks for this idea. One of the best, and most affordable, ways to do this is to shop around your own house. Relocate items from other areas to give your space a fresh new look without spending any money. Try adding your favorite books, a clock, and candles to a display shelf for a little added color and dimension.
Do you have a lovely garden full of colorful blooms? Try snipping a few each week to brighten up a quiet shelf in your favorite room.
3. Add Colorful Bedding
Spring is a wonderful time to add a bit of color to your bedroom, and one of the easiest ways to do that is with a colorful quilt or blanket.
If you happen to be a budding seamstress, use this as an opportunity to break out your sewing machine and make a personalized quilt made from fabrics that have special meaning to you. If sewing isn't your strong suit, there are plenty of affordable options on the shelves to match your unique style and decor, even if you are on a budget.
If you want to be a bit less obvious about adding some flare to your bedding, try bright and colorful sheets and pillow cases instead, or add a few throw pillows to brighten up the bed.
These linens and pillows can easily be tucked away each winter and brought out each spring to brighten up your sleeping space.
4. Brighten Up Your Kitchen
As the sunshine returns and you find your kitchen looking brighter and more alive, this is a great time to add some pots of fresh herbs to your windowsill. These will serve double duty not only for sprucing up your spring cooking, but also for adding a bit of life and color to your space.
The best part is that this is so easy to grow herbs indoors. Simply visit your local nursery (or organic grocery store) and pick out some of your favorite and most used herbs. Re-plant into neutral terra cotta pots, add a couple of labels, and you are all set. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, find metallic gold or painted planters; this will surely make a splash in your kitchen style.
If you have more experience with gardening and prefer to plant your herbs from seed, you can easily do that with a seed starter kit. Just be aware that your herbs won't be ready for use quite as quickly.
5. Add a Diffuser
Adding a few drops of essential oil to a diffuser is a great way to spruce up your house with the smells of spring and summer. Citrus and floral oils are an especially nice addition to get you excited for the seasons ahead.
The options are endless for diffusers, so whether you prefer the plug-in type or one that uses a tea light candle, you can't really go wrong. Want to keep the cost down even more? Try making a stove-top potpourri to add fresh scent into your home. Simply add water and a few drops of your favorite essential oil to a small pan and simmer on the stove for an hour or two.
Experiment with different blends and scents. Feeling stressed? Try adding a few drops of lavender oil. Want to feel reenergized? Eucalyptus should do the trick. The options are endless and can change with both your mood and the seasons ahead.
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