Unless you’re a winter person - and not many people are - the arrival of spring will come as a welcome relief. And no, not just because there are warmer and brighter days to look forward to. A time of new beginnings and fresh starts, it’s also a perfect excuse to look at your home with a fresh pair of eyes.
From deep cleaning to refreshing your home decor, here are a few ways to prepare your home for the spring season:
Declutter and organise
Winter is a season where you’re probably more preoccupied with keeping warm than keeping the place tidy. But as dark nights are slowly replaced by lighter days, spring is where you can really reassess how your home looks.
The first step is to get rid of unnecessary clutter - you’ll need to make some difficult decisions about what to keep and what to throw, but try to be decisive. There’s no use holding onto something that you haven’t used in years, so why not donate it to someone who really needs it? When you’ve decided what you want to keep, make sure that everything has its own designated space, and try to return things after using them.
Decluttering is only part of tidying your home - next comes the time-honoured tradition of spring cleaning. Clear a day in your diary to tackle your home from top to bottom, dusting and scrubbing your windows, cabinets and surfaces. And don’t forget to reach those hard to reach nooks and crannies. Depending on the size of your home, deep cleaning can take up to a day to complete - but it’s so worth it! Once you’ve finished, you’ll be able to enjoy the satisfaction of running your finger along a surface, without coming away with dust or dirt.
Bring in some plants
Let’s face it - winter isn’t the best showcase of Mother Nature. But with the sunlight and optimism of spring comes the opportunity to let the natural world flourish in your home. Invest in a few stylish indoor plants to add some colour to your living space, while improving the air quality and even your mood. Don’t trust yourself to keep watering your plants? Pick up a low-maintenance pot like a succulent or a snake plant.
Switch up your decor
Really want to start spring in style? Now might be the perfect time to refresh your interior with a new gloss of paint and some brighter furnishing. While winter is the time for heavy fabrics and cozy blankets, spring gives you the opportunity to really lighten up your interior. Think brighter, spring-inspired colours, pastel colours, and airier materials for a lighter touch. If you want to go the extra mile, swap out your curtains for a lightweight material that billows in the spring breeze!
Open up your windows
During winter, the temptation is to keep your windows closed permanently to avoid a chilly breeze. As this can result in quite a stuffy atmosphere, spring is a great opportunity to let the fresh air back in. As well as making your home feel warm and inviting, having fresh air in your home will improve the quality of your oxygen by preventing a build up of dust.
Test your appliances and home alarms
This isn’t a particularly exciting job, but it is an important one. Make sure that everything is in working order, from checking your smoke alarm batteries to looking out for leaks in your appliances. It might be a bit of a pain if you need to call in a repairman, but it’s good to be prepared in the event of an emergency.
With a Peabody apartment, you can rest assured knowing that your home was built with the latest technology, and requires the use of fire-resistant materials and smoke alarms. In other words, you’ll be investing in even more safety and security for your property.
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Peabody’s Shared Ownership homes are the perfect solution, giving you a sleek and stylish living space at a price that you can afford. With a range of options across the city, you can start the spring season in style with one of our new build apartments.