Winter can be a difficult time of year for many. From effects on our mental health to how cold we always feel, it’s regarded as a season we’re all keen to see the back of. One of the many ways we try to hurry this along, is by inviting springtime in, otherwise known as spring cleaning.
In 2020, some of you may think the concept of spring cleaning outdated, however, the process of clearing out your home ready for a new season isn’t just an interior design trend, but it also benefits your health. According to numerous studies, spring cleaning can lower anxiety, ease allergies, and generally improve your wellbeing. Considering the benefits, it’s all too easy to assume that freshening up your home has to be an arduous task, when in fact, there’s several easy hacks to make it simple yet effective.
Decluttering is by far the easiest, cheapest, and most effective way to freshen up your home. By ridding yourself of items you no longer need, you’re not only able to create a more airy space within your home, but you’re also able to identify items that are truly meaningful to you. In the words of Marie Kondo, does it spark joy? If the answer is no, getting rid of those unnecessary trinkets can ensure you have the things that matter most closer to hand. Moreover, by purging your home of unwanted objects, you can give yourself, and your home, a new start.
Replace/Update Your Textiles
Although not quite as cheap and cheerful as decluttering, updating your textiles so that they reflect the change in season is a good way to introduce a rejuvenated atmosphere into your home. You don’t even need to purchase new throws, curtains, etc in order to do this, just simply replace your thicker, woollen textiles with lighter, sheerer ones, much like you do when you get your summer clothes out of storage and pack your autumn/winter ones away.
As the old saying goes, a fresh lick of paint can do wonders. Decorating your home is a fantastic way to capture the freshness of spring, while also helping to rid yourself of the tired, old remnants of the past season. Of course, finding the time to decorate is a different thing entirely, which is why bringing in a decorator is a wise option for those who want the job done well and with less hassle. You don’t even need to decorate every room, simply re-doing the gloss work, or similar, will make all the difference.
Bring the Outdoors in
Spring is a time of new beginnings, of new life, so what better way to include that in your spring cleaning than by introducing plants? Real plants inside the home will bring in that burst of colour, helping to accentuate your colour palette of choice, but also has health benefits, such as purifying the air. If, however, you’re not the most green thumbed of people, you can always fool yourself into feeling like you’ve brought the outside in, by buying faux plants.