Spring Cleaning


Yes, it’s that time again.  The time when the sun comes out, the weather warms up, and you inevitably begin to get that itch to change something- that “out with the old, in with the new” mentality.  You may know it better as Spring Cleaning Time.  It can be refreshing, satisfying, and also frustrating if you don’t know where to start.  I happen to be in the Spring Cleaning Mode right now myself, so I wanted to share a few tips on how you can get the most impact while using the least amount of time and money.  These little ideas are great ways to spruce up your space that will make it feel new to you, and also help you to usher in the Spring in your home.

First things first, we’re going to start with organizing.  Cleaning out your closets and donating any unused items is a great place to begin, but what about all that clutter that built up since last year that’s right in the line of sight?  Don’t cram it into the closet to donate next year.  Instead, organize it, and incorporate it into your space.

For hiding clutter:

Baskets and trunks are a fantastic way to hide things in plain sight, especially things that you are going to use often.  They’re great for pillows, blankets, board games, yarn, uneaten fruit cakes, you name it.  You can place them on shelves, next to the sofa, by the door, or even use a trunk to create a coffee table with storage space.  Try using a set of three differently sized baskets stacked on top of each other- bam, you now have a fashionable vignette as well as a place to keep your winter boots.

Basket storage | Home on the Range

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Basket Storage | Home on the Range

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For organizing the clutter you can’t hide:

Instead of hiding your pretty things away, you can also display them proudly.

Try using an old ladder to hold extra blankets- it looks really good.  Or, use stacked wooden crates to store DVDs to add a more rustic look while achieving storage goals.

Ladder Storage | Home on the Range

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Ladder ideas | Home on the Range

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Ladder Storage | Home on the Range

Image via Houzz

 

Another great way to make a big impression with only a little bit of effort is on your bookshelves.  Bookshelves tend to become catchalls in the home, and even if you don’t have a ton of stuff stacked on your bookshelf, chances are you don’t actually have your bookshelf styled.  Use your books as design pieces- stack some standing up, some laying down.  Then, add some of those clutter pieces back in!  This is a great place to use them.  Picture frames, small statues, trinkets, candles, whatever you have, just get creative with it!  It will instantly add class to your space, creating a more put together look.

Bookshelf styling | Home on the Range

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Bookshelf organization | Home on the Range

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Once you get the “cleaning” part out of the way and are ready to buy yourself some new things:

Remember what time of year it is- let’s celebrate the fact that winter’s over and decorate for spring!  Any range of colors from pastel to bold are welcome this time of year.  For a subtle, put together look, try using different shades of the same or similar colors.  For a more eclectic look, choose a couple of different colors to sprinkle throughout your space.

Spring decorating | Home on the Range

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Here are a few different things you can use to create a whole new look for your space without having to completely remodel:

Candles-

Pastel candles are beautiful, and they smell great!  Golds, light blues, warm oranges, or spring greens are perfect for this time of year.

Spring candles | Home on the Range

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Spring Candles | Home on the Range

 

Bowl fillers-

I don’t know what else to call them, but hopefully you know what I’m talking about.  Things that we use to fill centerpieces, glass jars, or hurricanes.  This time of year, try to stick with light colors.  Seasonal greenery or flowers are great options, so are river stones, light feathers, sea glass, or grasses.  Mix and match and see what becomes your favorite!

Spring decorating | Home on the Range

Image via Heather Bullard

Spring decorating | home on the range

Image via Shanty to Chic

 


There are so many ideas when it comes to Spring Cleaning, these are only a few to get you started.  Home on the Range has all sorts of things to help you towards your goal, including baskets, ladders, trunks, storage, shelves, candles, bookends, picture frames, and “bowl fillers”.  Stop in today to see what we can do to get your spring dreams rolling!

 

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