Switching from winter to spring can be daunting. What to toss? What to keep? What to buy? Spring cleaning isn’t always a breeze. Laura Kinsella, owner of professional organizing company Urban OrgaNYze in NYC, suggested focusing on certain aspects of the home to make the transition simpler. Get ready to bring the season into your living space with her four tips.
Declutter your kitchen cabinets
Closed cabinets may conceal those items you bought back in November, but that’s no excuse to keep them untidy. “Our kitchen cabinets can reflect the season just as much as the outdoors,” Kinsella said. Start by getting rid of expired items, half-used jars of hot cocoa and anything else that won’t be of much use during warmer weather. Stock them with weather appropriate items—iced tea mix, anyone?
Update your photos
Don’t forget about small details that may keep winter vibes around. That includes framed photos of snowy activities like a family ski trip. “Try swapping them out with a family photo shoot in the park or a sunrise from a tropical beach getaway,” she said. “This is a great way to brighten up your space for spring without breaking the bank.”
Brighten up your entryway
Nothing screams spring more than flowers, and bringing colorful ones into your home is the easiest way to welcome the season. “Whether they are from the farmers market or grown in your own backyard, flowers can elevate the feel and look of your home,” Kinsella said. She suggested focusing on the entryway so spring is felt the moment a person walks in.
Store winter the right way
Be strategic about how you say goodbye to winter items. Bring all winter coats to the dry cleaners along with items that need a little TLC. Think shirts with a missing button, dresses begging to be pressed or pants needing a stain removal. Then store them in “breathable canvas bags, plastic bins or vacuum-sealed bags,” preferably in an area with low moisture and light. Avoid putting anything in dry cleaning plastics, she said, since they can cause yellowing. “We want the items in our closets to be seasonally appropriate, and also wearable. It also makes transitioning back into the colder weather a breeze, as everything has been properly cleaned and stored.”