Freshen and Clean Up Your Spring Home

Throw off the end-of-winter doldrums—at least in your home.

We’ve rounded up 8 great ideas to get you going.

1. Start with a Clean Slate

After you’ve swept out the last of those leftover pine needles from Christmas, open up the windows and let the fresh air in. Before beginning any redecorating project, get to work on giving your home a thorough cleaning, especially those high-traffic areas such as the kitchen, mudroom and master bathroom.

2. Lighten Your Load 

Spring is great time to reorganize your cabinets and closets. Install a shelving system to keep order all year long. Donate unexpired cans and boxes of food to area food pantries, and donate old clothing to make room for new spring fashions.

3. Step Outside

housecleaning2011leadTake a walk around the perimeter of your home, paying special attention to any repairs needed on gutters, siding or exterior doors. Schedule spring cleaning of windows inside and out, check outside lighting for burnt out bulbs, and power wash decks and patio furniture.

4. Get Your Decorating Juices Flowing

Sign up for Pinterest and create inspiration boards by “pinning” photos of color schemes, interior design, furniture and accessories.

5. Freshen Up Your Space

Shed new light on your home by introducing brighter paint colors or wallpaper patterns.

6. Look at Familiar Objects a New Way 

Rotate or reframe your favorite prints and paintings, and bring the outside in by placing fresh spring flower bouquets or plants back into your home.

7. Decorate like a pro without hiring one 

There is an art to furniture placement, but unless you live in a model home, no room should look like it came right out of the latest Pottery Barn catalog. Mix traditional along with modern and antique to create interest and make a room feel timeless. Don’t be afraid of mixing patterns, either. And make sure your seating arrangements suit your family size and needs.

8. Tackle Spring Cleaning

Get started with this list of 19 great tips for clearing the clutter.

9. Compare Before & After for Ideas

Not convinced your home’s interior needs a shot in the arm? Take a look at a recent make over by Evanston Interior Designer, Chris Garrett, who used custom, semi-custom and even DIY techniques to transform the home of Make It Better’s own Editor-In-Chief Laura Hine.


Not into DIY but want it done right? Then enlist the help of these Interior Designers from our Better List.