6 Steps for Achieving Your Spring Cleaning and Redecorating Goals
1) Do Some Spring Cleaning
It never fails that after the Holidays and throughout winter, we tend to collect an excessive amount of clutter. Our spaces can feel like they are shrinking from the presence of new gifts, heavy blankets, and large coats that never quite make their way back into their designated closets. Spring cleaning may begin with simply storing winter clothes and locating spring and summer threads. Other spring cleaning tips include:
- Identifying items, you and your family are no longer using that can be donated or sold by having a garage sale.
- Deep cleaning the kitchen cabinets inside and out, as well as your bathroom cabinets, closets and so on. Don’t forget the garage or basement!
- Dusting and wiping down fans, detail cleaning of blinds, “dry cleaning” drapes and ensembles (it is always best to dry clean these items) and clean other items like, baseboards, doors, and windows that might not have gotten the regular attention they need.
- Don’t forget your lampshades that need to be vacuumed and most importantly, your mattresses need to be vacuumed and turned. This is important for both because it helps extend their lifespan! While turning the mattress, be sure to clean under the bed washing and vacuuming the bed rails and baseboards, as you go!
- *Note If you are having problems cleaning a particular thing, “Martha Stewart” offers a variety of solutions. Pinterest is filled with all kinds of cleaning suggestions and techniques.
2) Consider Your Vision
As you are cleaning and reorganizing, you may be envisioning how the interior spaces of your home can be different. One of the goals of redecorating is to design your rooms to achieve the vision you have for your home. Whatever you picture for the bedrooms, bathrooms, living room, kitchen, and other rooms, write it down or sketch it out. Collect pictures and ideas from places like Pinterest, Houzz, magazines and other beloved Designers. Save them, then look at them collectively, you will then see your vision coming together of things you love. Even what colors you are drawn to and style of decorating you love the most. You will see your vision coming to fruition.
3) Make Your Vision A Reality
Now that you have your vision, it is time to make a plan. Included in your plan should have answers to these questions:
- Does my “vision” require me to think of new paint colors, get new furniture or something more extensive like opening up an area by taking out a wall? Will I need an electrician, a drywall man, or a contractor?
- Do I need to update my kitchen or bathrooms to accomplish a much-needed update?
- Should I consider purchasing new items, such as drapes, rugs, a new sofa, and accent furniture?
- Where will I shop and do I have an idea of what my budget is and do I know which important pieces I want to allot the most money for?
- Do I have my measurements, and a plan to carry with me while I shop?
Sometimes, you may have a “‘vision” or an “idea” of what you want, but have trouble developing a plan. Feeling overwhelmed and this is not your “forte” you don’t begin to know where to start, this is where you may need a designer to help get you there! This is one area where Denise Tetmeyer can help you achieve your interior design goals.
Spring is the perfect time to add some greenery to your interior design. Succulents, ferns, and fiddle leaf figs are the perfect green plants that can really make your space feel natural. While decorating you realize that something is missing. Just by adding green plants to your room, and the shelves, you will all of a sudden see that it was just plants you needed to achieve the look you wanted. Don’t forget that plants actually provide health benefits to you, as well as, make your look organically economic. Today with global warming, it is so important to appreciate and incorporate green plants and trees inside and outside your home. Going green is the way to go!
4) Indoor Flowers
In addition to green plants, you can add some color with indoor flowers. Think of the colors that you have in your home and select flowers that will complement the colors you are using in your fabrics, art and more. Most importantly choose relatively easy flowers that you can care for. Cut flowers are always wonderful, but having plants that bloom and will always be there is smart. Some suggestions are:
- African Violets
- Clivia or Kaffir Lilies
- Peace Lilies
5) Proper Lighting!
As you are decorating to celebrate the beauty of spring and recovering from the darkness of winter, you may want to consider emphasizing light. You may consider trading heavy drapes for lighter fabric that will allow more natural light. Having plenty of lamps and light fixtures is a must. However, lighting can be very tricky especially with the new type of light bulbs that have replaced the old ones.. This can be very challenging because the new light bulbs can be harsh, even making your walls go green, or can change the look of fabrics and colors you are using. If you have lighting that is too harsh, too yellow, or too soft, you may need a professional to help with selecting light bulbs and beautiful functional light fixtures. Remember there are areas where you need task lighting, but never forget the option of being able to change your lighting into mood lighting for dining and special occasions! This is where a designer will be able to make suggestions for your parliamentary electrical floor plans or can suggest where an electrician can change your lighting so that it is perfect. It is always good to consult with Lighting stores that have up-to-date knowledge of lighting and how to help you achieve the most beautiful, functional light for your home and environment.
6) If You Have A Love/Hate Relationship With Your Things
If you know you want to redecorate or improve the interior design elements of your spaces and you have a love/hate relationship with your furniture and accessories, not knowing what to part with and what to keep, Denise Tetmeyer is here to help. Sometimes we have to part with things that have been with us for a long time, which simply does not work in your new home.
Denise’s passion for interior design has led her to have nearly three decades of experience helping people make their indoor and outdoor spaces feel like home. While helping you decide what really needs to go or where you need to add new pieces, she will support you in making the right decisions. If you need help decorating, choosing furniture, shopping for interior pieces, or any other aspect of designing your home or apartment, contact Denise Tetmeyer.