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Refreshing Spring Updates for your Home

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Spring is nature’s time for renewal and the ideal time to bring your home out of hibernation. Celebrate the season by adding a few refreshing touches from our list of favorite home pick-me-ups.

  • Awaken your senses with flowers and scented candles for an instant lift. Use them generously in the most visible and well traveled areas of your home
  • Reposition furniture to take advantage of natural light and outdoor views
  • Brighten the bath by accenting with colorful towels and accessories
  • Lift heavy area rugs to enjoy the natural flooring or replace them with indoor/outdoor sisal
  • Use color and bold pattern in your toss pillows, throws and accessories for a lively accent
  • Lighten the look of your mantel and bookcases by storing away heavy accessories to keep the space open for a visual breath of fresh air
  • Spice up the kitchen with cheerful pops of color in cookware, tableware and serving pieces
  • Relate your home’s indoor and outdoor color palettes for a seamless connection to the exterior
  • Upgrade your standard entry fixture with one that makes a memorable style statement
  • Add a ceiling fan to covered porch or patio areas to create your own gentle breeze
  • Gather attractive trays for portable outdoor service with easy clean up
  • Display summer themed collections and playful activity equipment to set the mood for fun
  • Select outdoor furnishings based on the way you want to use your space. A daybed, outdoor bar or fire pit benches may serve you better than the customary umbrella table with chairs

For inspiration, take a look at some of these perky finds! 

Happy Spring!

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The Spring Cleaning Cheat Sheet for Your Home

Why ruin spring with endless hours of cleaning?

We all want our homes to sparkle, but few of us are giddy enough to dedicate time to housework on a beautiful spring day.

We have the perfect solution for you! Skip routine cleaning tasks and focus on the details that are overlooked most of the year. Set your own pace by choosing one task and performing it through your entire home, or working room by room to complete the list. Either way, you and your home will have a fresh outlook for spring.

So throw open the windows, and click on our Spring Cleaning Playlist to help you get started!

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 (It’s easy, you just need to download the free Spotify software or App to listen.)

Task 1 - Clear the Clutter

Task 1 – Clear the Clutter

You will not be able to clean without clearing the landscape of clutter. But treat organization tasks separately as a different project. Right now put it away, pass it on or toss it out. Then mark your calendar to clean and organize one closet per room per month to prevent clutter from ever happening again.
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Task 2 – Look Up & Dust

All year long there is dust collecting on ceilings, light fixtures, ceiling fans and on top of cabinets and window moldings. 2 image under task 2Be brave and get up there or use an extension duster to tackle it. Forget about all of that risky advice for spraying chandeliers to drip dry. Try a pair of dusting gloves for a smarter and easier approach.
 
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Task 3 – Look Out & Wash Up

Your windows to the world need to be transparent to let in all of that beautiful springtime daylight.
Martha’s window washing video Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 5.51.51 PM will help your technique.  Then attend to window treatments by dusting or vacuuming with a soft brush.  If needed, dry clean or wash according to fabric instructions. Your new dusting gloves will come in handy for blinds and shutters.
Side note: You do not lose any points for hiring professionals.

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These workhorses keep our lives running smoothly, but suffer from gunk build up. Vacuum and wash the floor behind and under each slide-in appliance.   Follow manufacturer instructions to clean refrigerator coils and vents, clean out the dryer hose, and remove fabric softener build up from the lint trap. This is also a good time to change air filters and batteries in your smoke detectors.
 
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Task 5 – Edit Expired Products

Empty the contents of your refrigerator and medicine cabinet, then only replace those items you use.

Sorry Fish Oil Gummies, it’s just not working.

Click image for link to printable pages

Click image for link to printable pages


Now, if you’re really inspired, make it a Spring Cleaning Marathon!   Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home  is a wonderful reference.
On the other hand, if just skimming the list is exhausting, this calendar from Bright Nest could be your best strategy. Take on one quick tip for each day of the month; the darling little icons make it all seem effortless.
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Click Image for a printable calendar on Bright Nest

Happy Spring!