Spring is here and I have a touch of spring fever! I am not the only one unable to get out and enjoy the sunshine as much as I would like. Usually at this time of year, we go to a nearby city for the atmosphere, walk the streets, have a beer, and just enjoy being out of doors. I stop in a local yarn shop there, buy some yarn to crochet and it’s become a trip we look forward to in the spring. I don’t think that is happening this year. We also usually go to a nearby park and take pictures by the cherry blossom trees. This year, they are roped off and there are actually security guards there to make sure people don’t stop to take photos under those lovely trees. Social distancing is being enforced in Ontario.
So how can we enjoy the spring with these restrictions? Especially when Canadians are busting at the seams every spring to leave long winter behind and soak in the warmth and sunshine? The answer is simple: Bring the spring into your home.
Have Fresh Cut Flowers
I’ve always loved flowers, and whenever my husband to be gives me flowers, I just melt. But I’ve also never been one to buy fresh cut flowers for my home because I feel as though it’s a bit of a waste of money. No more. You better believe I’m buying fresh cut flowers now. Fresh cut flowers brighten up the home, and I am yearning to have flowers around me. This is an easy way to bring the beauty of spring into your home. You can have a vase in your main living area, and one in your bedroom, or other room you spend a lot of time in. Buying potted orchids is another good option. The flowers last a long time, and if you don’t mess with orchids too much, they tend to do well.
Open Up the Windows
Today is such a beautiful day that I’ve opened all the windows to freshen up the home, and I am loving hearing the birdsong from outside. It’s peaceful and so spring like. The goldfinches have returned to my area and it’s fascinating watching them flitter from tree to tree. The fresh air and sunshine certainly do a lot to bring that spring feeling into the home as well. So draw back your curtains, open the windows and you’ll soon be feeling uplifted by the beauty of birdsong and fresh air. And all the natural light will certainly change the way your home feels, and do wonderful things for your mood and energy levels.
Now, if you have a backyard, by all means, go nuts and get gardening! This spring, it is the perfect to enjoy the sunshine and get vitamin D. But if not, try your hand at some indoor gardening. Since we have the time, it’s worth the effort, and the results will prove beneficial to your mental health too. I certainly intend to try gardening indoors–I’ve decided to grow cherry tomatoes, pansies and some herbs in my condo. Fingers crossed! I’ve not had much luck with indoor gardening before, but I am going to try some different things this time.
I love essential oils. They are a natural way to bring in the natural scents of nature into the home. And the therapeutic properties are a huge for anyone looking to live more holistically or suffering from anxiety. Diffusing floral or citrus oil like lemon or lavender can certainly bring a sense of spring indoors and make your space feel much more spring like. My favourite floral oils are lavender, vanilla, ylang ylang and rose. I also enjoy sweet orange and lemon. It’s not the same as sitting in a rose garden, but it certainly is very natural.
Freshen Up Your Space
Yes, this means it’s time to get spring cleaning. You don’t have to start washing windows and cleaning behind the fridge to bring a sense of spring into your home however. Instead, freshen up the linens. Switch your tea towels to ones with brighter colours and floral patterns. Put away the big cozy blanket and put out one that is lighter on the sofa instead. If you have some winter decor still out, put them away and instead display a vase with pussy willows or other greenery. Buy some cushions that have natural patterns like palm leaves to add to your space. Little changes can make you suddenly feel as though the bright weather is right in your home.
Bringing spring into your home can mean different things for different people, but flowers, natural light and fresh air are easy ways to beautify and freshen up your home this spring. Find colours and patterns that uplift your living space and suit your sense of aesthetics and your home will soon be feeling brighter and beautified.
How do you think you can bring spring into your home? Let me know in the comments! Be sure to subscribe xo