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9 Steps to Refresh Your Home This Spring for the Ultimate Reset

Mar 13, 2024

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Author: Julia Weaver


As the world awakens from its winter slumber and the air fills with a sense of renewal, there's no better time to embark on the ultimate spring reset for your home. And with this sense of renewal comes an energetic craving to tidy up our homes and welcome the spring season. After a long winter season, where’s the best place to begin refreshing the home?

From decluttering and organizing to deep cleaning rituals and nature-inspired decor, this ApartmentGuide article is your guide for tips and techniques for crafting a sanctuary for the spring season ahead. Whether you live in an apartment in Des Moines, IA or a rental home in Portland, OR, and are looking to incorporate fresh florals, declutter your space, or embrace a new color palette, we’ve got you covered.


Step 1: Get a fresh start by decluttering and organizing

Decluttering your home is not just about tidying up; it's about creating a sense of space, clarity, and peace within your home. By eliminating excess belongings, you can reduce stress, increase productivity, and improve overall well-being. Start by breaking down decluttering tasks into manageable chunks, focusing on one area at a time to avoid overwhelm. Sort items into categories such as keep, donate, sell, or discard, and be ruthless in your decision-making process. Ask yourself if each item serves a purpose or brings joy, and if not, let it go. 

Organizing also plays a vital role in maintaining a functional living space, promoting efficiency, clarity, and well-being. Assess your needs, devise a plan, and utilize storage solutions to categorize items effectively. Regularly declutter and reassess to maintain efficiency.


Seek permission and compromise

If you live with one or more people, it’s important to seek permission and compromise when decluttering. Professional organizer Nassim Secci of The Happy Space Co. emphasizes, “Overcoming the hurdle can be challenging, especially when a spouse is hesitant to let go. Start by gaining permission to organize items without discarding any initially, ensuring they consent to any discarding. The act of categorizing and rearranging possessions can often spark a positive shift, and even without discarding, an organized space can bring a sense of order and freshness to your home.”


Store winter gear

With spring on its way and summer just around the corner, Sarit Weiss, founder of Neat and Orderly home organizing company, recommends walking through the house collecting all winter accessories, gear, and clothing. “Place them in clearly labeled bins or using transparent bins for easy visibility, and find a place to store them for the season. Think under beds, on a high shelf in a closet, or consider investing in a small storage unit if necessary. With this system, you'll free up space for the current season's essentials. Bring the beach chairs, summer accessories, and sports equipment to the front of your closets or mudroom for easy access.” 


Aim for progress, not perfection

“Spring heralds abundance, possibility, new life, and growth — a sense of everything falling into place,” shares holistic life coach, Carmen Ohling. “This spring, our aim is progress, not perfection, recognizing the link between mental clutter and physical disorder. Clean out your sock and underwear drawer, discarding stained, hole-ridden, or overly stretched items. 

Select one task from the list—organize the kitchen utensil drawer, back half of the clothes closet, desk drawer, makeup bag and skincare drawer, or junk drawer — completing it fully. Often, we hoard due to scarcity mentality or comfort in the past. Assess each item's alignment with your present self; if unused in six months, discard. Embrace Marie Kondo's principle: If it doesn't spark joy, let it go.”



Step 2: Tidy up your living space

Deep cleaning your home not only restores a sense of freshness but also promotes a healthier living environment. Prioritize areas that accumulate dust and grime, such as baseboards, ceiling fans, and vents. Use a microfiber cloth and all-purpose cleaner to wipe down surfaces, paying attention to neglected spots like light switches and doorknobs. Don't forget to vacuum carpets and upholstery thoroughly, and mop hard floors with a disinfectant solution. Finally, tackle overlooked areas like behind appliances, inside cabinets, and beneath furniture to ensure a thorough cleaning. 

When it comes to refreshing your space for the spring season, lifestyle blogger Kimberly Samantha from Brunch and Gloss advises, "Edit, edit, edit." According to Samantha, "Right after the holiday season, spring cleaning is the best time to go through what you have and make a whole household edit. Everything should have a home; if something doesn't have a home, then chances are you don't need it. Take time to organize your space in a way that's functional and achievable for your lifestyle."


Step 3: Refresh your wardrobe

Refreshing your wardrobe in spring is a chance to not only update your style with fresh colors and patterns but also clean out your closet and maximize your space. 


Practice the one in, one out rule

“Consider adopting the ‘one in, one out’ rule,” suggests personal stylist Beth Divine, MA, AICI-CIC based in Indianapolis, IN. “For every new item you bring into your wardrobe, donate one to a charitable organization. Embrace a new trend by trying out sling-back shoes, particularly in trendy styles like two-tone spectators or vibrant colors like blue, pink, or green. You might be surprised by how often you reach for them. Or, add a pair of straight, dark rinse or cream color jeans to your wardrobe that’s easy to pair with anything. Finally, work with a professional to learn your best colors; build your wardrobe or clean out your closet.”


Shop your closet

“Take inventory, mix and match pieces, and integrate items from your winter wardrobe for new outfits, saving money and keeping your closet clutter-free,” explains certified wardrobe stylist Lisa Samson of Vermont Wardrobe Styling. “Be sure to use a steamer to remove wrinkles and freshen up clothing before storing them. Explore your winter wardrobe for burgundy, a hot spring color, and pair it with tans and creams. Create a 'most wanted list for winter' to guide future purchases and prevent unnecessary buys. Embrace pre-loved items at thrift stores and vintage shops. To declutter effectively, adopt an ‘outfit mindset’ by assessing each item's versatility and styling potential, helping you differentiate between essential pieces and unnecessary clutter.”


Add a splash of color or pattern

“Embrace the spring season by incorporating pastel shades and floral prints into your outfits, which can easily be mixed and matched with neutral pieces you already own,” shares Nancy Queen, wardrobe stylist at Shopping on Champagne. “Consider layering lightweight fabrics to navigate the unpredictable spring weather stylishly. This approach not only refreshes your look but also allows you to experiment with different combinations without a complete wardrobe overhaul.”


Step 4: Integrate spring into your interior design

Bring a refreshing burst of color into your home, infusing spaces with the vibrant energy of the season. By incorporating spring decor elements like light pastel colors, natural textures, and floral accents, you can create an uplifting and rejuvenating atmosphere within the home.


Evoke the essence of spring

"As we transition into the warm embrace of spring, the longer days and pleasant, soft sunlight often inspire us to change,” shares Debora Interiors, a virtual interior design service and 3D renderings to create customized designs. “Evoke the bloom of nature into your home by introducing floral touches and soft pastels through fabrics, wall tapestries, décor, and wall paint. Opt for lightweight, natural fabrics such as cotton and linen for your textiles to allow your space to breathe and let the warm sunlight in. Fresh, colorful flowers will be your best friend as they are the finishing touch to any inviting home."


“I love infusing my living space with lighter colors and vibrant energy,” says Gretchen Reese, lifestyle blogger at Monochrome Minimalist. “Whether it's introducing a fresh pillow cover or a lighter throw, placing a new plant by the window, or indulging in a scent that evokes the essence of the changing season, each touch revitalizes my space, breathing new life into it for the springtime.” 


Embrace the power of simplicity

Melissa Vera, blogger at Adventures of Frugal Mom says, “Clear away winter remnants, opt for lighter and brighter hues, and strategically place mirrors to amplify natural light. Introduce floral accents, be it through fresh blooms or botanical-themed decor, for an instant burst of springtime charm. Embrace a minimalist approach, allowing your space to breathe and embody the refreshing essence of the season.”


Display one-of-a-kind items that have a deep connection to your roots

Erica Shepard, NCIDQ, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C, Owner + Principal Designer at Shepard Design Studio, explains that a home should have a timeless foundation that can seamlessly adapt to the evolving trends while allowing a canvas for personal expression. 


“Think bold accent walls, statement furniture, or playful accessories that can thoughtfully incorporate meaningful pieces. This could mean uncovering treasures from your closet or storage spaces – cherished family heirlooms could take center stage on your gallery wall or you could feature vintage furniture pieces awaiting to be refreshed. Your local frame shop or services like Framebridge are great DIY resources for displaying beloved objects or nostalgic photos in your home,” suggests Shephard.


Bring nature in

Our homes offer us the perfect excuse to embrace the changing season. According to Heather Calder, owner of Heather Interior Design, you can refresh your space with something as simple as a new paint color to freshen and liven up the space. 


“Try something new and be bold,” suggests Calder. “Adorn your front door with a welcoming floral wreath and infuse the air with the scent of spring using candles. Incorporating nature into our living spaces offers countless benefits.”


Infuse your space with cheer

“With spring's arrival, now is the ideal time for a home refresh,” states Cemre Yurdakul, interior designer and property stylist at Cinnamon & Vanilla Interior Design. “Consider replacing those heavy winter blankets with light and airy throws in vibrant spring hues like sunny yellows or soft pastels. Incorporating a few potted plants or fresh flowers can infuse your home with the rejuvenating essence of spring. Let's aim to create living spaces that radiate the brightness and cheerfulness of the season itself.”

Step 5: Brighten up your space with flowers

By incorporating flowers, you can instantly add a vibrant burst of color and a delightful fragrance, lifting spirits and bringing a touch of nature indoors. 

Use blooming branches for a touch of spring

“Cutting branches from trees and shrubs in the early spring is an easy way to bring some drama into your home,” shares Megan, owner of Field Floral Studio, a fine art florist in Portland, ME. “Given fresh water and warmth, bare branches will start to leaf out or flower depending on which variety you choose. Cut each branch on a slant, place it in a large vase, and watch the magic unfold.” 

Portland, OR-based flower delivery By the Bunch Floral Alchemy also recommends decorating with branches. Celebrate spring by bringing blooming branches indoors — dogwood, quince, forsythia, tulip, star magnolia, cherry, and plum blossom create stunning displays. The trick with these is to cut them early as soon as the buds start to show, splitting stems for better water absorption, and be sure to change the water every couple of days to get them to last longer. The warm interior temperatures will speed up their blooming process, and depending on how early you cut them, you might get as much as a week or two out of them. Local flower farms typically offer CSA subscriptions for seasonal blooms, with some providing delivery. Consider researching nearby options to support local.” 


Choose seasonal and local blooms first

“Choose seasonal and local blooms first,” advises Bianca Sparta, owner of Colibri Flowers in Portland, OR. “This ensures that your flowers are as fresh as possible and will give you the longest vase life. Flowers should spark joy so choose and arrange however pleases you the most.”


Step 6: Incorporate principles of personal growth

This spring, prioritize fostering a nurturing environment that supports individual development and well-being. By surrounding oneself with reminders of personal goals, affirmations, and inspirational quotes, one can cultivate a mindset of growth and self-improvement in their daily life.


Focus on what you desire to maintain

“Your environment can support you in creating your ideal habits and routines,” explains Jessica Malone, life coach at Nacho Average Fro. “First, before you declutter, identify how you want to use the space, then identify what items can assist you. For example, if you want to spend more time journaling, consider where to place your journal and what additional items you need to support that habit. 

Once you've selected the space, remove the items currently in that place and ask yourself ‘Do any of these items support my desired habits and routines?’ Whatever does not support you should be let go. After you've dedicated space to the things that support the life you desire, you'll build new habits with ease.”


Create a space where you feel like you belong

Life coach Nisha Mody shares, “Spring is a great time to plant seeds for new growth within ourselves and in our environments. I love to think of ways to resource myself in different environments, and I encourage my clients to do the same. Resourcing ourselves is about finding something we can attune to that makes our bodies feel safe and like we belong. In terms of living spaces, this can mean having a photo of a loved one near a workspace, putting a plant near a window to witness its growth, or thinking of color palettes that soothe your body and soul.”


Establish tech-free zones in your home

“By designating specific areas as tech-free, you can create a space that fosters mindfulness, clarity, creativity, and real connections,” explains Abbey Sangmeister, life coach and therapist at Evolving Whole in New Jersey and Philadelphia, PA. “Make this a space you will want to go to; one with great lighting, candles, plants, and a journal in that area. Keep journal prompts, affirmations, or a card deck in the area to help you focus on personal growth, especially if you are feeling stuck with prompts. Personally, I am not a minimalist, so I like having trinkets, photos, art, and little reminders from travels and challenges I’ve accomplished surrounding me.”


Unlock motivation with the fresh start effect

Aileen Axtmayer, career coach at Aspire with Aileen based out of Boston, MA, discusses the ‘fresh start effect.’ “Our brains are more inclined to take action when they perceive the start of a new time period, such as the onset of a new year or season. With the arrival of spring, a new season commences, providing an opportune moment to refresh our environments and reinvigorate our pursuit of goals.”


Step 7: Focus on your emotional well-being with meditation

Meditation cultivates inner calm, resilience, and a greater sense of clarity amid life's challenges. Integrating meditation into your life this spring can foster a harmonious environment conducive to self-reflection, renewal, and embracing the transformative energy of the season.


Create a dedicated space

“It’s true you can meditate anywhere; however, creating a dedicated space for meditation can help you support and maintain your practice,” says Claire E. Parsons, lawyer, meditation teacher, author, and founder of the Brilliant Legal Mind blog. “First, consider what kind of energy best supports your practice. Do you need calm and quiet, a cozy container, or light and space? Next, identify a small space that suits these needs and fits functionally with your lifestyle. Then, simply add supportive elements, including cushions, a bench, blankets, candles, and any decorative or spiritual items, and your space is ready for sitting in comfort.”

Lauren Schuivens, founder and CEO of Samavira Meditation, meditation training that helps you adapt traditional techniques to how your mind works best, explains that the area you choose to dedicate to your practice can be as simple as a corner in your room. “Add cozy seating, plants, soft lighting, and soothing colors. Personalize it with items like candles and crystals to enhance relaxation. Having a dedicated meditation space not only allows you to rejuvenate and find inner peace amidst the changing seasons, but can also help you drop into your practice more easily and deeply as your body begins to associate the space with a sense of tranquility.”


Invite tranquility and renewal in

Brennan, founder of meditation company Mindkee, dedicated to helping you relax and breathe, weighs in on this topic. “Elevate your ambiance by incorporating a cozy meditation pillow or cushion, gently nudging you towards moments of mindful reprieve. Infuse the air with calming aromas from incense or scented candles, or enliven the space with air-purifying plants for a serene atmosphere.

Surround yourself with imagery that inspires peace and positivity, whether it's pictures of sages or loved ones who bring solace to your spirit. Above all, commit to a daily meditation practice to foster mental well-being and embrace the transformative power of consistent mindfulness in your life. Stay blessed, stay positive, and don't forget to relax and breathe because your mind is key.”


Step 8: Bring the outdoors in with plants

Plants not only add aesthetic beauty but also enhance indoor air quality and boost mood and productivity. Incorporating greenery into your living space connects you with nature, fostering a sense of tranquility amid the changing season.


Begin fertilizing in early spring

Plant nursery Potted in Portland says spring is the perfect time to have a plant check-in. “We suggest starting spring plant care with fertilizing in March and assessing the soil to see if it needs a refresh or repotting. Prune away unwanted growth and remove any crispy or discolored leaves. Don’t forget, with increased sunlight, watering needs will likely increase as well.”


Consider your space and lifestyle

Tailored houseplant subscription service Plant in the Box, recommends plant parents to think about placement, care needs, and aesthetics to refresh their home. “Consider aloe vera or snake plants for bright sunlit spots. Fill slightly shaded or indirectly lit areas with philodendrons and ferns. If you lead a busy lifestyle or travel frequently, low-maintenance options like spider plants or pothos are ideal, requiring less frequent care. For aesthetics, decide if you prefer a plant that grows large, like the monstera, to fill a space, or something more compact, like a peace lily, to enhance your home's look and feel.”


Mix textures and heights

“Opt for a mix of textures and heights when styling houseplants – consider combining trailing vines with tall, sculptural plants for a dynamic effect,” suggests Cultivated Creations, offering a unique collection of plants and local art in Baltimore, MD. “To boost your plant care routine, consider repurposing kitchen waste into homemade fertilizer using banana peels. Simply place banana peels in a mason jar, cover them with water, and let them soak for a week. After removing the peels, use the nutrient-rich water to nourish your plants, providing them with natural and beneficial hydration."


Perfect picks for beginners

Mishele Freeman, founder of Emerald & Ivy Plant Boutique in San Diego, CA recommends a few beginner-friendly plants. “Golden pothos, ZZ plants, dracaenas, and snake plants are great beginner plants because they can tolerate any level of light, don’t need to be watered often, and are overall very low maintenance. These plants also have a neutral look to them, so pairing any of these with a fun pot (or even neutral, if that’s your aesthetic) makes it so easy to adapt them into your lifestyle. Keeping a pot neutral when paired with a more fun, detailed plant helps those intricacies stand out, and vice versa.”


Step 9: Find spring-inspired recipes that embody freshness

Spring brings an abundance of fresh produce, making it the perfect time to incorporate vibrant and nutritious recipes into your diet. From crisp salads bursting with seasonal greens and colorful vegetables to light and refreshing fruit-based desserts, there's no shortage of delicious options to enjoy. 


Embrace green foods

Monique Costello, functional medicine wellness coach and chef at Happy Eats Healthy weighs in on this topic. “As spring arrives, our bodies naturally crave fresh, light, and nutritious foods, signaling a desire to cleanse after the heavier winter fare. Incorporate greens generously by adding them to pasta sauces and soups, blending them into dressings, crafting wraps with leafy greens, or pulsing veggies into rice. For added nutritional benefits, consider topping dishes with sprouts, which boast a nutrient density 10 to 30 times higher than their mature counterparts.”


Eat your fruits and veggies

Salads are ideal for springtime as they incorporate fresh, seasonal produce, providing a light and refreshing option in warmer weather while offering a nutritious and satisfying meal. A great way to get your fruits and veggies in all at once is by simply combining the two. 

Nina Cherie Franklin, recipe blogger at That Salad Lady recommends a berry spinach salad. “It's a quick, delightful fusion of spring's finest – fresh strawberries, blueberries and spinach, ready in under 15 minutes. Creamy avocado adds richness and heart-healthy fats, capturing the essence of spring with its fresh, buttery taste. Tossed in a homemade strawberry vinaigrette crafted from apple cider vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil, and honey, this salad strikes a perfect balance between sweet and savory flavors. This bowl is bursting with fresh flavors, textures, and nutritional goodness.”


Refreshing your home this spring

By decluttering, organizing, and infusing your space with the vibrant energy of the season, you can create a home that truly embodies the essence of spring. Whether it's adding touches of greenery, embracing light and airy decor, or simply opening your windows to let in the fresh air, every small change can make a big difference. 

As you breathe new life into your surroundings, embrace the beauty of simplicity, the joy of fresh beginnings, and the promise of growth as you embark on this transformative journey.  Here's to a season of growth, positivity, and endless possibilities in your beautifully refreshed space.


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