Lifestyle queen Martha Stewart shares the expert tips that will get you (and your space) ready for spring in no time.
1. A Little Cleaning Goes a Long Way
How to keep a small space organized? “People in New York tend to live their lives always on the go,” Stewart realistically observes. “My advice to those in a rush would be to neaten all surfaces—put away remotes and random items, dust coffee tables and counter spaces, and plump up sofa or chair cushions, arranging pillows neatly.”
2. Expect the Change of Season
Putting seasonal stuff away is just as important as taking it out once the weather changes, explains the lifestyle guru. “Keeping seasonal supplies well maintained and properly stored will always save you time and effort when it’s time to change over for the new season,” she says.
3. Hosting a Dinner Party? Buy Lots of Veggies
“Throwing a dinner party is my favorite way to bring interesting people together,” says Stewart. “Lamb served with spring vegetables is a great dish [to serve at] the beginning of spring.”
4. Remember That There Are a Variety of Ways to Keep Your Recipes in Order
“A Discbound™notebook is a great customizable option that’s easy to organize, because you can remove and reorder the pages and add a new section whenever you need to,” she says. Not into notebooks? You might want to consider a binder: “Binders can also be organized by meal category, with printed recipes in sheet protectors to keep them clean on kitchen counters.”
5. Getting Married in the Spring? Here Are Some Ideas…
Stewart, whose latest book,Martha Stewart Weddings, deals with both classic and more eclectic advice when planning a wedding, suggests incorporating “beautiful colors in your wedding’s theme and floral arrangements.”
6. If You’re Going to Buy One Thing for Your Home…
…It’s going to be clear storage bins. “Try to buy one type of bin in several sizes,” offers Stewart. Or, head to Staples and binge on the newest Office by Martha Stewart™ products (our favorite? The designer setup.)
7. Don’t Overlook the Small Stuff
Although you might be tempted to “pass on seemingly small add-ons and storage features, like drawer dividers or cabinet storage solutions,” try not to, Stewart says. “You want to be able to store your most frequently used items in the most accessible place.”