It’s no secret that I LOVE spring! I feel like I’m only functioning at half mast for most of the winter and I come alive again in the spring. The struggle is real. Does anyone else feel this way? I think maybe I was a bear in a past life. After spending so much time indoors, I feel like it’s necessary to give our home a refresh to celebrate and embrace the new season. Here are my favorite ways to welcome spring into our home.
Flowers, flowers everywhere! I love bringing bright blooms indoors and putting them in all different types of vessels (I love these gold vases!). I think glass pitchers have an especially fresh feel for spring. I make sure to place them throughout the house, particularly in the spaces where we spend the most time. I keep it seasonal with tulips, lilies, ranunculus, lilacs and dahlias. I also like to incorporate branches like cherry blossoms, eucalyptus and pussy willows in tall arrangements (perfect for an entry way).
Smudge Sticks & Palo Santo
Smudging with sage is known to heal, cleanse and purify. Many believe it “washes off” what was previously there. I like to light a small bundle of sage and walk it through my house to signify the start of a new season and the end of the previous one. I also like to light palo santo in a pretty dish and let it fill the space with its rich smoke. It’s an ancient practice said to have both physical and spiritual healing properties.
Growing new life in your garden is a beautiful way to welcome spring. I like to plant rosemary, thyme, basil and mint to use all summer long. I also fill a few larger pots with lavender – it smells divine and keeps away mosquitos, too! I try to wait until I’m sure we won’t have any more freezes but if you do, just bring the plants indoors until it warms up again!
This is by far my least favorite activity but probably the one that makes me feel most spring-ready. Throughout the winter coats get shoved into closets with scarves draping, our linen closet devolves into a tangle of blankets after taking them in and out for lots of guest sleepovers and cold weather cuddles and it just becomes necessary to start fresh. I recommend taking everything out of the closet and then putting it back in. Yes, it’s time-consuming but it’s easier in the long run.
It’s worth the splurge to get everything deeply cleaned after all the time spent indoors during the winter. I stock up on all natural supplies to keep things as non-toxic as possible since most cleaners use more mainstream products that can leave your house smelling like chemicals and bleach. We love Mrs. Meyer’s, especially the basil scent!
I love the idea of changing bedding for spring and summer to a light, airy feeling duvet and sheets. I haven’t done this yet but it’s on my list!
How do you transition your home for spring? Recommendations welcome!