The cold winter days are behind us and spring has finally arrived. When nature decks itself out in its spring garb, with plenty of sunshine and blossoming plants, we start to get the desire to bring a breath of fresh air into our own four walls. These tips will definitely add a touch of spring to your home.
Spring clean and have a clear-out in one go
It’s best to start with a thorough spring clean and get rid of things that you haven’t used for a long time. As you’ll discover, a newly spring-cleaned, tidy home where everything is in its place automatically impart a sense of lightness and joie de vivre. Not the type to shy away from a challenge? Don’t like half measures? If you’re aiming to rearrange your home, have a clear out and spring clean all in one go, it’s best to draw up a strategy. Otherwise, you’ll inevitably reach a point where you no longer know where you are and why you’re putting yourself through this. Having a goal in your mind makes it easier to persevere with the task.
Marie Kondo, author of the worldwide best-seller “Magic Cleaning”, recommends tackling the task by category rather than by room. For example, if you want to have a clear-out of your clothes and shoes, get them all out from your wardrobe, cupboards, the coat rack in the hall and your shoe rack. Arrange everything on a bed or in groups in front of you so you can see just how many things you have. What should you keep? Marie Kondo has a simple formula: keep only the things you really need, enjoy wearing or that make you happy. If they don’t bring you pleasure and you haven’t felt the need to wear them for some time, it’s time to get rid of them. A tip: The free app is very useful when having a clear-out and gets you to your goal using a category-by-category approach.
Touch the spring
Winter’s velvety cushions, cosy faux furs and dark plaids were warm and inviting when the weather was cold, but now is the time to refresh the look and feel of your home with new tactile sensations. Replace heavy materials with fabrics in light, uplifting colours and spring-like patterns. Pastel colours like dusky pink and botanical patterns are always popular in spring, but this year the trend is in the direction of more vibrant shades: violet, dark blue, emerald green and terracotta are bold, on-trend colours that are perfect as colour accents. Cushion covers made of glossy fabrics such as satin or silk add a touch of freshness, as do new bed linen or curtains made of fabrics such as light linen or natural cotton.
Cheerful new accessories such as handmade ceramic vases, decorative mirrors in fashionable rattan frames, wall accessories such as macramé or colourful frayed wall rugs will give your décor an inexpensive seasonal update. Create an uplifting ambience that signals: My retreat is my oasis, the place where I relax.
Smell the fragrance of spring
Don’t miss out on spring’s most beautiful harbingers: fresh flowers add colour and life to your home. An infinite variety of tulips in every conceivable shade are now in season. Delicate ranunculus, vibrant anemones and sweet-scented freesias are also in flower at the moment. Daffodils, hyacinths and peach twigs are particularly popular around Easter time and we will soon be able to enjoy peonies again. Once a week, treat yourself to a fresh bouquet of flowers that will put a smile on your face each day.
Flowers are not the only way of inspiring your sense of smell: Scented candles, room diffusers and aromatherapy oils are also popular ways to create a pleasant atmosphere in your home. Floral, fresh or revitalising, there is a fragrance blend for every taste and desire. Sweet, fruity scents will lift your spirits, while lemongrass will relieve your spring fatigue and grapefruit or bergamot will enhance your mood. Use your favourite fragrance to bring an uplifting spring mood into your home for a welcome dose of joie de vivre.
Enjoy your home safely
If you are planning major renovations to your home or making purchases such as a lawn mower or new garden furniture this spring, it is advisable to review the insured amount of your home content insurance. Check what your contract covers and undertake any necessary changes. If the insured amount is lower than the actual value of your household effects, you are underinsured, which means you wouldn’t be fully compensated in the event of a claim, so take corrective action to ensure that you don’t lose out. We will be happy to advise you if you have any questions.