For most of us who live in the hemisphere where winter feels like forever and too long and too cold, the coming of spring is like the much-awaited arrival of your mom at your doorstep with all your favorite home-baked goodies on a platter, all warm and sweet-smelling. It is always worth the wait.
This time of the year for me is the best time to do a simple refresh for the home which protected and served me and my loved ones well during the harsh wintertime. It’s not just an interior or a decorating update, but an intentional welcoming of the new season and celebrating the small and slow changes in the air.
Here are five simple ways of refreshing our beloved spaces without a shopping spree, just a trip to your garden store or local florist for a bag of compost or a few bulbs and blooms. Spring is all about soil and dirt, flowers and plants, after all.
1. Bring in Spring Blooms
The addition of a few stems of tulips or daffodils or even wildflowers gathered from the wayside is my top spring refresher on any given day. If you have 3 or 5 euros to spare for your local florist or grocer, bring home some fresh-cut flowers and notice how they make a space come alive.
Alternatively, if you’ve planted some yourself, bring potted daffodils or tulips in. I also love bringing in wildflowers from our walks outside if I could gather them gently. Spring doesn’t need to be experienced only in the outdoors.
2. Make a Little Spring Spot in Your Garden
Another simple spring refresh is to plant bulbs early on and watch them grow and blossom before your eyes. Pick a sunny spot in your garden and place them all together neatly in one section either on the ground or in pots and voila, you have a little spring haven come March to mid-April!
Weeks ago, these daffodils were only green stems and bulbs (see picture below). We bought them this way in bulk and just repotted them to fit in the pots but I would keep the bulbs for next year to remake this little daffodils haven.
If you’re tight in space as we do, a vertical garden is such a simple option with a huge impact. Alternatively, if your patience is low, you can get spring season plants that have already flowered (as below) and re-pot them for an instant spring vibe.
3. Re-pot and Reposition Your Indoor Plants
We all know that plants could brighten up a space but they could just as much sadden a space when their leaves are yellowing or wilting. Just like us, our plants have also battled the winter and would very much benefit from a simple re-potting and re-positioning in the house where it can benefit from good lighting.
We repotted our Monstera plant (above) as it had already outgrown its old pot and invested in a good compost that would hopefully support the new growth of leaves in the coming months. I also removed the yellowing leaves of these plants on the shelves, repositioned most of the plants all over the house, and well… said goodbye to a few plant casualties of winter.
4. Change Your Linens
What can be more refreshing than sleeping on freshly-changed and freshly-ironed bed linens! In the spirit of spring, you can opt for a lighter shade of linens and even floral prints if you have them. Linens extend to your curtains, your sofa cushions, your blankets, your tea towels. Try if you can change all of them in one morning or afternoon and see how it instantly refreshes your home.
5. Air Out Your House
The simplest and yet the most impactful of all these refreshers can come from simply opening your windows and doors to air out your whole house. I know it can still get really cold but airing out your house even for a few minutes can push stale air and pollutants out.
After a long winter, let the breeze force out any remaining winter spirit left in your house and replace it with fresher air that is good for our home, our body, and our mind.
I hope you are relishing this change of season as much as I do and celebrating the coming of warmer days ahead of us.
“Spring will come and so will happiness. Hold on. Life will get warmer.”Anita Krizzan