April 23, 2021
Spring is in the air! At least, it’s supposed to be. If you happen to live farther north, you may have experienced the same weather that Indiana did just a few days ago; warm 70 degrees only a few days prior turned into waking up to three inches of snow all over town! Seems a little unnecessary to me especially sense at 6 o’clock that same night, it looked like nothing had ever happened. Nevertheless, this little snowstorm does supply hope, hope in that us folks in Indiana have gone through our last cold snap and will be heading straight towards spring and right into warmer weather! With warmer weather comes this feeling of a blank slate and a fresh start. Happiness, energy, and the feeling of life is buzzing through the air the minute the trees start to bud and the tulips begin to blossom. As this new wave of energy comes in, you must welcome it into your home by freshening up your space for the liveliness of spring and summer time. To help you get started along this process, TLC has four easy and simple ways of livening up your space for spring and the annual event of spring cleaning!
First things first, there is a reason everyone has heard of the term spring cleaning. You cannot feel rejuvenated and airy like spring if your space, whether it be your closet, your living room, your bedroom, or simply your house in general, is cluttered with nonsense or items from winter. Put your winter coats and boots into storage, and get rid of any furniture, clothes, rugs, plates, or practically anything that is worn down and needs to be replaced. Remove your home of anything weary and dull so that your home can be filled with an airy sort of lightness that only comes along with spring.
When the air starts to get warmer and birds begin to chirp all day and plants are blooming and filling the outside air with an array of wondrous aromas, it is almost a crime to not open up your windows. As spring rolls in I think that it is also the perfect time to pay attention to your windows and make sure that they are free of any marks. Clean windows allow for your home to feel more open and accessible and allow for the bright and warm sun to come in unobjected. So as the air begins to warm, start cleaning your windows and opening them up so that feeling of life can come into your home and refresh your space from winter.
Spring is all about rejuvenation and watching as Mother Nature brings life to the once bare and dormant plant life. Trees bud with excitement, flowers begin to bloom, the scents of exciting new life are filled in the air, and animals are seen roaming about more often. Spring is synonymous with nature, so what better way to refresh your space for spring than by bringing in some of the freshness into your home! Whether you go to the store and buy a bouquet of flowers, pick some up at a local farmers market, plant some daisies in a pot and bring them inside, or simply cut off some budding branches from trees in your own yard, bringing the literal life of spring into your home can completely reset the feeling in your home and your own mood towards the upcoming months. By brining nature into your home, you get a sense of vitality, serenity, and life that will freshen up your space in no time.
If you’ve gone through the process of spring cleaning and decluttering, then it’s the perfect time to buy something new! Even if that seems a little redundant. Every season has its own color scheme that reflects the feelings of the season and the literal colors that are seen within nature at that time. What better way to freshen up your space for spring than by bringing those colors directly into your home? Grab a new brightly colored rug as an accent to your kitchen. Maybe a green or yellow throw blanket across the top of your couch or bed. Possibly adding some small and simple accent pillows that pop with bright colors of spring to add to any furniture in your home. Whatever it may be, adding these pops of spring color will not freshen up your space, but be statement pieces within the decorations of your home. Small pops of color will not deter from the beauty of your home, if done right and sensibly, it will accentuate it beautifully and freshen up the space.
After going through months of colder weather and spending many hours indoors, spring brings with it a sense of excitement that cannot be replicated. After the past year and a half that we all have had with Covid restrictions and life being unpredictable, I think that everyone is excited for spring and the chances to simply get outdoors even if it is by themselves and still socially distanced. To help kickstart this energy that comes with spring, freshening up your home and space to replicate that of the life that exudes from outside, is a great way to start. By decluttering your space, bringing the scent of nature into your home whether it be by simply opening some windows or bringing in some plants, or by adding some pops of color that remind you of the happiness and liveliness of the time, freshening up your space allows for you to redirect your mind to the months coming up and bring not only your home, but yourself, a sense of redirection and excitement.
-Kenzington Baxter, Guest Writer
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