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9 Ways to Invite Spring Into Your Home

A Frugal, Eco-Conscious & Minimalist Approach

pinterest graphic with kitchen corner with puppy chow and easter egg candies above and a patio seating area below, encouraging reader to invite spring into their home in 9 different ways

After the holidays I’m ready for spring. February just about kills me. It is dark, cold, gray, and I’m over wearing thick socks. I want to run outside without shoes and to feel some sunshine. I feel the need to invite spring into my home.

Towards the end of February I start to get hints of the upcoming spring. The sound of birds chirping in the morning and melting snow restores a new hope in me. When the first warm day hits I am overwhelmed with excitement. 

How to Invite Spring into Your Home

When it comes to decorating for any time of the year I have two guiding philosophies: 

Keep the spending and the clutter to a minimum

I like to decorate by setting an overall mood for the house. Anything that is associated with winter gets packed away and I bring out hints of the lighter and warmer months.

Spring is more than plastic easter eggs and pastels. It is fresh air coming through the windows, the smell of blooming flowers, and the taste of the first good berry of the season. Keep this in mind when you want to decorate for spring!

invite spring into your home with lighter weight and colored pillows and blankets added to a sofa

 1.Replace blankets and pillow covers with ones that are lighter in colors and in fabric weight. 

I have a fall/winter and spring/summer rotation for our blankets and pillows. I make all of my own pillow covers, including the quilted ones above.

Since I just have to replace the covers they are easy to store in the off season. It is so much easier than buying whole new pillows! 

Etsy has a ton of pillow covers to check out or you can make your own. I wrote a blog post about how to make a simple zippered pillow case. It is a great first sewing project!

I like to pair these pillows with this light knit blanket from IKEA. I’ve also been dreaming about making a light double gauze quilt. It would be perfect for snuggling during warmer months.

linen girls dress laid on top of flannel girls dress

2. Take all of the cold weather clothes & gear, wash it, and store it away.

This doesn’t have to be anything special. Just go through all of your hats, gloves, sweaters, coats, and big socks. Donate what you didn’t use, organize it, and tuck it away. 

Boots and jackets can also be stored in the back of bedroom closets if there is room. I want my tank tops, shorts, sandals, lighter jackets, sun glasses, and baseball hats to be front and center in my front hall and bedroom closet during the warmer months. 

light green quilt and sham on bed with pink accent pillow

3. Replace the heavy and cozy winter bedding with things that are more light for summer. 

In the fall, I love putting on my set of flannel sheets and the heavy weight of my wool blanket. It is the quintessential cozy warm bed during chilly nights. 

In the spring I strip the bed, wash everything (yes, even the pillows), store it in the linen closet, and pull out my crisp white sheets. It feels light, clean, and cool. 

If it is still getting chilly at night, you can always keep a blanket at the edge of the bed to pull over yourself at night.

florals arranged in the corner of a bookshelf

4. Add life: greenery & flowers.

When I look out my window on a gloomy February day, all I see is brown. Contrasting that against the bright luscious green that happens after repeated spring rains makes spring feel extra special.

Bring some of that greenery inside with you. It can be as simple as clipping some flowers from outside. Even bright green leaves off of branches look nice in a vase. Yellow forsythia flowers always look wonderful in a large vase.

Even a simple and cheap bouquet from your local farmers market or grocery store can really liven your home.

puppy chow with chocolate easter egg candies on display on the corner of a kitchen with candle, small plant, and kitchen utensils.

5. Place seasonal food out as decor

This may seem a little silly, but hear me out. I like some seasonal decor, but I find that it can quickly overwhelm my basement in the off season. I love to decorate with things that I know I will eat and use up. It then has two purposes and won’t sit in my basement unused for the majority of the year.

When you purchase some fresh berries, think about putting them out in a berry bowl or maybe you make some Easter themed puppy chow  and put it in a nice glass jar on the counter. 

If you are scanning the grocery store and you see some food or produce that just radiates spring, bring it home and display it for a bit before you eat it.

three framed art prints sit on a mantel

6.Add color with bright colored wall art.

This is an easy and fun way to decorate for the seasons. Simply change out some of your art for something more vibrant and colorful. 

There are plenty of free printables online on Etsy. I made the three pieces of art in the above just on my iPad and printed them. They are available to download in my freebies library, which is available to all of my email subscribers!

You could also press flowers with an iron or make hammered flower art to display in your home with spring florals.

outdoor patio seating with coffee table in foreground with large plate holding plant, sunglasses, and a drink

7. Reset your outdoor space

During the winter we cover our patio furniture. It helps protect it when we aren’t using it. When spring arrives we uncover it and it usually needs some work.

Be sure to wash any patio furniture covers that you may have. You can also give your furniture a spray down if it seems dirty. 

You may also want to research resealing wood or metal on your furniture if it is looking a little worn. Patio furniture can be expensive and you want it to last as long as possible!

Think about how you want your outdoor space to serve you. We love eating meals outside during the warmer months and hosting on our patio. This summer we are investing in a pizza oven, so I’m going to make a table for it. Maybe you also find or make some fun outdoor serving plates or cups. Anything to make the space feel special!

Spring is also a great time to spruce up your landscaping. Think about mulching, planting a garden, and adding a few more plants/trees to your yard. (When planting try to also think about plants that you can easily clip to bring inside to decorate with!)

dr. bonners soap, essential oils, and foaming hand soap on countertop

8. Enjoy the season through other senses: taste & smell.

Celebrate the changing weather with indulging in your favorite warmer weather foods. I love soups, but I’m ready for a break!

I can’t wait to have yogurt parfaits with fresh berries out on my patio in the morning. Think of the first outing to get ice cream. Maybe you love strawberry rhubarb pie? Whatever it is, go for it and really enjoy it!

I also like to change over the few scents that I use in our home to more energizing ones. I like to make our foaming handsoap with Dr. Bonner’s eucalyptus soap. Maybe you diffuse one of your favorite essential oils or light a candle that reminds you of spring!

cat invite spring into home by looking out open window to early spring landscape

9. Open Windows

When I think about my quintessential spring moment, it is sitting in a sunbeam in my great room, feeling a breeze rush over my skin, and smelling the blooming lilac bush outside of our windows. 

Spring is full of rain showers and blooming flowers. Let those scents and some fresh air into your home by opening up the windows. 

It feels so good to air out the house after a long stuffy winter. 

Invite Spring into Your Home in Other Ways

Find ways to invite spring into your home that resonate best with you. Traditions give a sense of nostalgia, connection, and stability to life. Find something that you love and do that every spring.

Do you love to buy pussy willow branches for your dining room table every spring? Or maybe its dying Easter eggs? Going to pick daffodils at a local farm? Planting your summer vegetable garden on Mother’s Day?

There is so much excitement and joy in spring. I hope you find a way to invite spring into your own home.

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