With the promise of warmer temperatures, longer days, and more sunshine, it’s time to start thinking about an important, but often daunting task. Here, seven gurus in the home and design space share their tips on how to tackle spring cleaning.
Take it one step/room at a time
“It’s best to set small, manageable goals, focusing on one area of the home at a time. In the kitchen, start by de-cluttering countertop areas. Reorganize and straighten up your drawer’s contents so that when you reach in to grab a spoon in the morning, you feel that refresh and sense of accomplishment. Update art and wall décor with options that include citrus colors like orange and yellow, which evoke happiness and positive energy. Lastly, set out some fragrant herb plants, freshly cut flowers, or a healthy green plant.” –Jenny Kirschner, Interior Designer and Founder of JDK Interiors
Bring spring into your home
“An absolute essential for me is spring flowers, such as vibrantly colored tulips or peonies throughout my home—entry foyer table, coffee table, my nightstand table, and in bathrooms. It is the easiest thing to do in the world and makes such a big difference! I simply place them in bud vases in varying heights and create a small collection.” –Jung Lee, Founder and Co-Owner of FÊTE and home décor store Jung Lee NY
Don’t purchase all new décor at once
“Start with something like a new rug and then find what complements it—new curtain panels, upholstery, then new lamps—building off each piece, rather than buying all new pieces at once. My ‘spring refresh’ began with a gorgeous new Keshan rug that really lightened and refreshed my living room.” –Ellie Cullman, Founder of Cullman & Kravis and author of upcoming book, 'From Classic to Contemporary: Decorating with Cullman & Kravis'
Refresh your cleaning habits too
“Rethink your laundering habits for spring. Too much detergent can cause musty smells and poor absorption, and so does fabric softener. Spring cleaning should include using half a cup of white vinegar in the fabric softener compartment of your washing machine to keep towels and sheets looking (and smelling) their best. It will act as a natural softener and antibacterial agent, too.” –Amelia McPhee and Roshana Lewis, Co-Founders and Co-CEOs at CLEVERLY LAUNDRY
Restyle the décor you already have
“One of my favorite springtime rituals is to restyle my apartment, not necessarily with anything new, but by rearranging my favorite objects and accessories. I find great joy in creating interesting compositions and juxtapositions that bring a refreshing and inspiring change to my interior environment.” –Caleb Anderson, Interior Designer and Co-Founder of Drake/Anderson
Declutter with a storage space for winter items
“Refreshing your home for spring doesn’t mean that you have to throw away your winter items to make room for spring décor. In New York, our smaller living spaces make it especially hard to make room for new items in our home without the luxury of having an attic. Investing in a storage space for the season helps New Yorkers tame the clutter while still being able to use the items someday.” –Ross Sapir, CEO of Roadway Moving