Spring has officially arrived and it’s time to blow away the cobwebs to get your home gleaming and in order, ready for the warmer months ahead.
Spring clean For a thorough annual clean, it’s worth investing in the services of a professional company who regularly carry out new build and end-of-tenancy cleans. And don’t forget the windows, garden terrace and front porch - at this time of year, they’re all crying out for a clean.
Tackle your interior décor Rearrange some of your furniture, furnishings, framed photographs and ornaments. Simply moving around a sofa or a chair, a footstool or a coffee table can have a big impact.
Replace dark, heavy bed linen with lighter, brighter and softer fabrics in pastels and breezier tones and shades. If budget permits, apply the same principle to window dressing and store away your heavy curtains, swapping them for summer alternatives.
Treat your home to a repaint We all know how sunlight can show up every niggling finger mark and greasy smudge. Just by giving areas of heavy traffic a fresh lick of paint, such as the hallway and kitchen, will not only make a huge difference, but can be immensely satisfying and uplifting.
Display houseplants and flowers A modest arrangement of fresh cut flowers will immediately liven up your living space and, if you have house guests coming to stay, can be a welcoming addition in the spare bedroom.
Clear the clutter from the tables, shelves, cabinets and drawers, keeping out just the aesthetic essentials, such as lamps, pictures and candles. Find a place to stow away the remainder which can’t be discarded, such as paperwork, house bills and other miscellaneous items of importance. For savvy, storage solutions, check out coxandcox.com or johnlewis.com – I’m a fan of their felt bucket boxes.Address your wardrobe Get rid of clothes you haven’t worn in the past year, neatly folding and hanging everything back that you’re choosing to keep.
A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE FABRIC HOUSES
- Designers Guild for fabrics, bed linen and furniture; designersguild.com
- Lelievre - Gaultier for fun, punchy fabrics and cushions; lelievreparis.com/en/collections/jean-paul-gaultier
- Harlequin and Romo for inexpensive fabrics, wallpapers and cushions; stylelibrary.com/harlequin and romo.com