Declutter and Design: Tips on Refreshing Your Home this Spring

After a long, socially-distanced winter, we’re ready to welcome spring back with open arms. And with spring, comes spring cleaning! This is the perfect time of year to re-energize your living space, so here’s a few tips on decluttering and redesigning that are guaranteed to help:  

 

  • Try to follow the “one year” rule where you can. If you have a few sweaters you never wear or a CD player that’s collecting dust in the back of your closet, it may be time to make a trip to your local donation center. If you haven’t used an item in the past year, that’s probably a good indicator that you may not need it anymore. But remember, this rule doesn’t apply to your most cherished items! 

  • Take pictures. If you’re worried you may lose certain design aspects or forget the sentimentality of an item you’re ready to donate, snap a quick picture! These pictures can inform your design process if you decide to redecorate or you can use them to create a scrapbook or keepsake album.  

  • Look for opportunities. While you’re sifting through your apartment, start brainstorming ways to make your space more organized. Take note of what has been working for you and what just hasn’t. Rethink some areas you may not have been using as efficiently as you could. Even small changes in your organizational habits can have huge impacts on how you feel about your space!  

  • Don’t be afraid to add new pieces. Though you may be spending a lot of energy on removing clutter, don’t stress adding a new statement item, like a funky rug or a graphic piece from a local artist. Make your home a reflection of you!  

“Spring cleaning isn’t just about sorting through things and getting rid of clutter. It’s about taking stock of who you are and how others see you. It’s a chance to redefine yourself, to change expectations, and to remember that it’s never too late to recapture who you were or to aim for who you want to be.”  

-- Anonymous