The first day of the month is a great time to think about making some changes to your home and Spring Cleaning.
1. Seasonal Decor
According to homedit ‘Spring is the time for fresh beginnings. It’s also when the buds are bursting, so bring some of nature’s wonder inside in the form of floral prints and rustic wood textures’.
- Swap thick ‘hygge’ inspired blankets for lighter, cotton fabrics.
- Spruce up your couch with new cushions that reflect the colours of spring such as seaweed greens, pristine blues and cherry blossom pinks.
2. Rearrange Your Furniture
Sometimes, rearranging the overall layout of your furniture and living space can help you in a number of ways, such as:
- Elevate your mood
- Inspire you to make some dramatic changes to other problematic areas of your life such as your health, career or relationships.
Carrie Barron, M.D From Psychology Today stated that ‘An impact on the environment, whether an imprint or a removal, lifts mood, provides concrete satisfaction, and instils a sense of effectiveness. Inner and outer harmony happen when pieces are placed in a way that makes sense for you’.
Spring is also a great time to maximise the use of light and space in your living areas.
3. Indoor Plants
Trade those icky plastic plants and inject some life into your home, office and workspace with an indoor plant.
Indoor plants help to assist with your breathing, decrease the levels of carbon dioxide in the air, increase humidity, reduce noise pollution, increases productivity as well as helps to alleviate stress.
4. Spring Clean Your Kitchen Cupboards
You still have that EXPIRED jar of food you were supposed to use by the 1st of April 2015. It’s now gathered multiple heads, arms and fingers at the back of your food cupboard.
If the Food Inspectors were to pay a surprise visit to your home, I’m sure that they would permanently shut your kitchen down!
Alongside manky rotten food, did you know that indoor pollution is ranked as one of the top environmental dangers? A significant amount of this pollution comes from culprits such as common cleaning products.
According to Greatist.com, ‘Long-term effects (following long or repeated exposure to indoor pollutants) include respiratory diseases, heart disease, and even cancer’.
- Don’t become a health statistic. Tackle one shelf at a time and throw away anything that has passed the Use-By Date, and Best Before Date.
- Substitute bleach based cleaning products with non-toxic solutions such as white Vinegar, baking soda and lemon.Check out Greatist.com for more chemical free Spring cleaning options.
- Adopt the ‘How Jen Does It‘ – Zonal Cleaning Planner and Pantry organisation tips.
5. Spring Clean Cluttered Office Space
- Take the fast route and use a shredder to dispose of unwanted documents.
- Go Paperless! Contact your Utility bill providers and select the E-bill option.
- Create an office cleaning routine – spend no more than 15 minutes every day.
Check out ‘At Home With Nikki’ – Home Office Spring Cleaning Tips Video
6. Transform Your Home Scent
What do you want your home to smell of? Sweaty socks? Rotten Eggs or Dog breath?
Create an ambience in your home that is inviting, pleasing and relaxing this season.
- Place bowls of Pot Pourri in every room.
- Use a DIY deodorising spray – try using lemon, lavender or eucalyptus essential oils.
- Purchase an Organic Reed Diffuser.
- Place a DIY Gel air-freshener in the corner of each room.
I personally love to place a slice of root ginger, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves into a pot of hot water and gently simmer for a few minutes.
The sweet smell will radiate its ways throughout your home and make you the envy of your nosey neighbours!
Check out Bustle.com for more natural solutions to deodorise your home.
7. Study The Art Of Home-Making
‘The wise woman builds her house,But the foolish pulls it down with her hands’ – Proverbs 14:1 (NKJV)
Whether you live in a studio flat, a hostel, a semi-detached house or a penthouse, you can still create a homely environment that will offer you comfort, tranquillity and a sense of well-being.
- Create a Pinterest board dedicated to home decor ideas.
- Read magazine articles about homemaking, decluttering and home organisation.
- Build a library of books that will equip you with the essential knowledge required to create functional and purposeful living spaces.
One of my favourite books has to be The Art of Home-Making by Alison May.
8. Home Tours
Watch these videos to draw upon for some homemaking inspiration:
Kate La Vie – My Apartment Tour
I cannot count the number of times that I have watched Kate’s home tour video! She transformed a dodgy looking apartment into a homemakers paradise!
LibbyRoseLondon – Studio flat tour
I love how Libby was able to make use of the limited space that she has in her studio flat.
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I hope that these tips will help you to make some changes to your home.
Please feel free to leave your home making tips or questions in the comments section below!
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