Spring is hands down my favourite season, and a great time to get some work done around the house. I always find the fresh air and extra sunshine make it so much easier to clean and declutter. To help bring some fun seasonal freshness and cheer in, here’s some great ways to get your home ready for spring.
Some of these ideas won’t apply to everyone, but they’re a great starting point to get your home ready for spring. Especially if you need a refresh after the winter!
I also made a handy checklist to help you tackle all of these spring prep projects over the coming months.
How to Get Your Home Ready for Spring
- Update Your Spring Wardrobe
- Do Your Spring Cleaning
- Add Some Pastel or Floral Art to Your Home
- Set up the Patio
- Start Some Seeds Indoors
- Let in Some Fresh Air
- Update Your Table With a Spring Tablecloth or Centerpiece
- Pull out the Rain Gear
- Refresh Your Carpets and Rugs
- Move Around Furniture or Accessories
- Set up (and Use) a Clothesline
- Add Some Spring Decor
- Declutter Your Home
- Make Some Homemade Lemon Cleaner
- Plan Your Garden
- Bring in Some Fresh Flowers
- Open Curtains and Clean Windows
- Make Your Home Smell Like Spring
- Save Some Spring Recipes
- Put on Your Spring Bedding
- Do Spring Home Maintenance Chores
- Finish DIY Projects Before Summer
- Clean up the Yard
- Clean Out the Pantry, Freezer, and Fridge
- Refresh the Mudroom
Update Your Spring Wardrobe
Whether you swap out your wardrobe several times a year or only in the spring and fall (like I do), spring is a major season change which means it’s time to update what clothes you wear.
Now that spring is in the air, bring out those warm weather items and bright pastel colours that were packed away over the winter.
If your budget allows, spring is a fun time to add some extra pieces to your wardrobe. To stretch your budget, choose items that can be worn throughout both spring and summer.
Do Your Spring Cleaning
You can’t talk about ways to get your home ready for spring without at least mentioning spring cleaning. Giving your entire space a deep clean is hands down the best way to really refresh your home.
Spring is also a great time to complete those less frequent cleaning chores, like the oven or washing walls.
To make things easier, try spring cleaning with your kids or keeping a sense of humour while you complete your seasonal chores.
Add Some Pastel or Floral Art to Your Home
This is a fun way to get ready for spring! Bring in some seasonal decorations and bright pastel colours by creating your own seasonal art. This picture has some great inspiration that you could easily hang up or frame in your home.
If art isn’t your thing, consider adding some bright or pastel pieces to your home to brighten the space.
Set up the Patio
Spring is usually the start to patio season which means it’s time to get out there and set things up. If you winterize your furniture, now’s the time to bring out those cushions and accessories. I also like to give my furniture a good wipe down to clean the winter grime and get ready for summer.
If you’re feeling ambitious, you could also clean the patio with a pressure washer or repaint your deck now too.
Start Some Seeds Indoors
If you garden then spring is the time to get your seeds start indoors to move outdoors later. But even if you’re not a garden, try growing something this season. Growing plants helps your mood, and it’s a hobby that pays back in delicious herbs or pretty flowers.
Make sure to check what the best time to start your garden plants is based on growing times and when the planting season starts in your area.
Let in Some Fresh Air
If you live in a cool climate, spring is likely the first time you’ve been able to have your windows open in several months. Let those spring breezes in by opening the windows and drawing in some fresh air.
To really take advantage, open several windows to create a cross breeze to refresh your home.
Update Your Table With a Spring Tablecloth or Centerpiece
This is one of those small tricks that I find has a huge impact on how bright and cheerful my house feels during the spring. Swap out regular or winter linens with bright spring ones. Personally, I like pastels and floral patterns, but you can also go with whites or creams.
If you don’t like a tablecloth, or want something else on the table, add in a spring-themed centerpiece.
Pull out the Rain Gear
Grab the rain gear out before the mud happens. That way you’re not scrambling to find it on a busy morning or running the risk of ruining your shoes during those wet early spring days.
If you have kids, make sure to try on their spring rain and mud gear early in the season so you can replace anything that’s outgrown or worn.
Refresh Your Carpets and Rugs
On the subject of refreshing your home, one of the worst culprits for stale smells is carpets and rugs. This is a great time to give all your rugs a good, thorough cleaning.
Mats: Bring them outside and beat the dirt and dust out of them. Make sure to vacuum or sweep and mop under the mat before putting it back.
Rugs: Smaller ones can be brought outside and dusted the same as mats, but larger ones will need a good vacuuming. Regardless of size, make sure you move your rug and clean under it.
Carpets: Make sure to thoroughly clean your carpet, including moving furniture around.
Ways Deodorize Carpets and Rugs
- Baking soda: Sprinkle baking soda generously over the area. Let it sit for awhile; at least 15 minutes. Vacuum up after. Note: Baking soda may hurt some vacuum filters, so please use caution and know your machine before doing this. Or consider using a shop vac instead.
- Commercial deodorizer: Like the baking soda, there are also store bought deodorizers that work the same way. The biggest difference is these usually have another scent added to them, but otherwise usually work similar to baking soda.
- Carpet cleaning machine: If you have a carpet cleaner, or want to rent one, shampooing your carpets and rugs is a great way to clean and refresh for spring.
- Water and vinegar: Mix one part white or apple cider vinegar with two parts water in a spray bottle. Spray the carpet to deodorize, and let it air dry. Don’t worry, the vinegar smell will go away, leaving the rugs smelling fresh.
Move Around Furniture or Accessories
While your cleaning the floors and carpets (or spring cleaning), refresh your home for spring by moving around your existing furniture and accessories. You can easily give new energy to a space just by moving the furniture around, and it will make things feel clean and new.
Set up (and Use) a Clothesline
I look forward to spring and using my clothesline every year. As soon as it’s warm enough (and dry enough) to hang laundry outdoors, get your clothesline set up and start using it. Your linens will come in smelling especially fresh in the spring air.
If you don’t have a clothesline, consider getting one. Even a freestanding one works great!
Add Some Spring Decor
Adding a few spring themed decor pieces can really brighten your home for the season. Whether you opt for Easter decorations or just want some spring decor pieces, pull out your stashed decorations or buy a few new ones for a cheerful upgrade.
Declutter Your Home
I find I can’t get much decluttering done over the winter, but once spring rolls around I’m far more ambitious to throw things away. Use the spring energy to get your home decluttered now, a chore that goes great with spring cleaning and swapping wardrobes.
If you’re interested, save some of your clutter for an early summer yard sale. Just remember to donate it after so it doesn’t come back in the house!
Make Some Homemade Lemon Cleaner
I love the smell of lemon; it’s so cheerful and reminds me of spring every time I use it. Make your own homemade lemon cleaner and use it while you clean this season.
Plan Your Garden
Now is the time for garden planning! Don’t wait until it’s too late and you miss planting season, especially if you need to order your seeds.
Bring in Some Fresh Flowers
Fresh flowers are hands down my secret hack to making my home feel like spring. If you have spring blooms in your garden, snip a few for your spring vases. Or grab a bundle at the grocery store when you can!
If flowers aren’t your thing or you’re allergic, silk and artificial flowers can also add some seasonal cheer.
Open Curtains and Clean Windows
This is really important if you want to get energized this spring. Now that the days are getting longer, enjoy the sunshine by opening your curtains and letting in as much natural light as possible.
To make your windows even more enjoyable, give them a good deep clean. Ideally inside and out, if you can swing it.
Make Your Home Smell Like Spring
If you bring in fresh flowers or open the windows a lot you may not need to do this, but I love adding seasonal scents to my home anyway. Candles, wax melts, essential oils, and potpourri are all great ways to make your home spell springy.
Floral scents and sweet smells work best this time of year.
Save Some Spring Recipes
Now that we’re moving away from soup season try reenergizing your cooking by looking up some fun seasonal recipes. To help save money, cook with in-season spring produce like greens, radishes, asparagus, sprouts, and peas.
Put on Your Spring Bedding
Swap your winter bedding and flannel sheets with the lighter, spring themed counterpart to brighten up your bedroom. If you don’t have some spring bedding, now’s a great time to get some!
Even though it seems simple, this is one of my favourite ways to get your home ready for spring because you get to see it as soon as you wake up every day.
Do Spring Home Maintenance Chores
There are a lot of home maintenance chores that should be completed in the springtime. These include servicing your air conditioner, changing furnace filters, checking the smoke detectors, and cleaning the gutters.
Don’t forget to do your spring car maintenance too!
Finish DIY Projects Before Summer
This one might be a personal preference, but I find our summers are too busy to get any DIY projects done around the house. Now that it’s spring, wrap up as many projects as possible so you can relax over the summer season.
Clean up the Yard
Once the weather warms up enough get outside and clean up your yard. If you get a lot of snow, like we do, there’s always garbage and debris that blew in and froze over the winter months.
Yard work will vary, but you’ll probably want to clean your flower beds, prep the garden, rake, pick up garbage, and clean up any dog waste.
Clean Out the Pantry, Freezer, and Fridge
As we move into gardening season and summer entertaining now is a great time to get all your food storage cleaned out. Throw out anything bad, then rotate all the old items to be used up first. This is also a good way to tell how much produce you went through that was saved from the garden, which is handy for planning.
If you have a frost freezer, spring is a great time to defrost it too.
Refresh the Mudroom
Last, but definitely not least to get your home ready for spring, is the mudroom. Pack away the winter gear and give everything a good cleaning now that the weather is nicer. You could even add a few spring accessories to make the space more inviting, too.