Are you guys ready to ease into Spring yet? I know it seems a little bit weird to talk about Spring already especially since it’s still technically February but our winter weather at least in Florida has been so mild we’re already enjoying dinners on the back patio. If you had a chance to read Friday’s post you’ve seen a peek at the gorgeous flowers that have arrived at our local home improvement store. We love flowers so of course we wanted to take all of them home.
While we’re still working on the home office makeover, we’re already dreaming of flower boxes and a few changes we’re ready to make outside. I know this time of year can be tricky for planting though. My mom keeps saying, “don’t plant anything until you know the chance of frost has passed” or “remember now, it can freeze until after Easter.” Mommas are the best, right? Always looking out for their babies no matter how old they are.
So while we wait for the chance of frost to pass before we load the backs of our cars up with gorgeous plants and flowers we thought it would be a good time to at least start thinking and planning all of the fun ways we can ease into Spring. Here’s a look at 17 of our favorites…
Begin Planning Container Gardens – container gardens are a great way to add color and texture to your front porch and patio areas without having to commit to a large area for cutting or vegetable garden. They’re easy to maintain too as long as you pair plants together that require the same amount of water and sunlight.
Open the Windows – if you’ve had a case of cabin fever lately doing something as simple as opening the windows to let some fresh air in feels so good. If you’re living in the South right now you know this is a great time of year to open the windows. There is almost no humidity and the temperatures feel down right balmy.
Organize Your Closets – Did you know most people have quit their New Year’s Resolutions and Goals by February 15th? Yikes, right? If you fall into that category, start small with a linen or bathroom closet first. It will help you build confidence when you’re moving on to other spaces in your house. If you’re off track in other areas, read this post to help you get back on track.
If you’re all, “CoCo, I got this – I’ve been organizing since January 1st“ I’m so proud of you, keep up the great work!
Take a Picnic to the Park – Spring is a great time to get outdoors so pack a picnic lunch or snack and head to your local park, lake, beach or hiking trail. It’s also a good time to dust off your bike, so pump up the tires on your beach cruiser and hit your favorite bike trail or ride have your family ride around the neighborhood bike brigade style. As always, practice proper bike safety habits!
Add More Greens to Your Diet – We’ve been making smoothies almost every day and eating more salads too. It’s been fun to come up with different flavor combinations. It will depend on what area of the country or world (hello, sweet ladies in the Commonwealth) you live in but Spring in the US is usually a good time to find strawberries, apricots, cherries, oranges, limes and pineapples. You can also find a variety of lettuces, leafy greens, asparagus, rhubarb, broccoli, artichokes, peas and beans too.
Change Out Your Pillows and Accessories – I’m not talking about redecorating your whole house here, I’m talking about little things you can do to spruce things up. Adding spring touches around the house can be as easy as changing out your faux fur pillows for floral ones, adding flowers to your favorite spaces, incorporating spring colors throughout your home or even hanging a fresh towel in your kitchen.
Hang a Spring Wreath on the Front Door – Allow your front door to welcome you home with a cheery spring wreath. You can make one or buy one whatever works best for your schedule. Add a new doormat and your good to go. It may seem like small thing but you probably walk through your front door multiple times a day so make your entry and exit special.
Give an Old Piece of Furniture New Life – Have you been thinking, “I really should paint that _________ (fill in the blank)” If so, what are you waiting for? If there’s something around your house you’ve been wanting to paint (barring anything that would change the value of the peice if it were painted) do your research, pick a paint color and get started. Paint really is a budget friendly way to get an old piece of furniture new life.
Find a Spring Signature Scent – Do you have a signature scent? Does your home? If not, now is a great time to find one. In the Winter we’re all about oranges and cloves but once Spring arrives we switch to lemongrass scents. Find a scent you love and use it around your home or head to the perfume counter and find a signature scent that will make you feel confident all season long.
Buy a Pretty Floral Dress – Spring dresses have arrived online and in stores too! If you normally buy a new outfit for Easter (I know all you Southern ladies are shaking your heads right now) don’t wait to find a dress you love. Start shopping and planning now for the holiday. You don’t have to wait until Easter to wear florals though grab your best girlfriends and enjoy a relaxing brunch or surprise your spouse and get dressed up for a romantic dinner date.
Make Peace with Your Closet – So maybe you go out dress shopping and you’re totally bummed you’re not the size you want to be – make peace with where you are at right now. I’m not where I want to be as far as my weight goes either but that’s not going to stop me from looking my best and I don’t want it to stop you either. You’re enough – right where you are – right now.
Pack Away Winter Blankets, Boots, Sweaters and Gear – Make room in your closet for your spring and summer items by packing away seasonal winter items now. Launder and clean all items before storing them. Keep clothing and blankets in a cool, dry, dark, clean place. Consider investing boot trees for your boots or packing them with tissue paper. Store snow gear in your basement or garage.
Spring Clean Your House – When’s the last time you’ve cleaned your baseboards, fans, blinds or vents? It’s been too long for me too. Spring cleaning the house feels like a rite of passage. Gather together your cleaning supplies and make a list of all of the spaces that need a good cleaning. Deep cleaning now will ease the guilt when you want to spend the day at the beach this summer ha ha.
Dive into a New Book – One of my girlfriends spends the winter collecting books she wants to read without interruption. Every spring she rents a place right on the water and reads the books she’s collected cover to cover. Doesn’t that sound so nice? You may not have a time to get away but you can make time to dive into a new book or magazine this season.
Schedule a Girls Trip – Give yourself something to look forward to this spring by planning a fun family trip or a weekend getaway with your best girlfriends. Spring is a great time to reconnect so make time to nurture and celebrate each other.
Buy Tickets for a Local Garden Tour – We try to go on a garden tour each spring benefiting our local garden club. We’re always amazed at the variety of plants and flowers each home owner pairs together. The combinations are inspiring. Check your local garden club, historical society or Junior League for Spring events being hosted in your area.
Tackle a Home Improvement Project or Makeover – Most of us spend winter nesting which means we’ve spent a lot of time perusing blogs, books, magazines and Pinterest for ideas. Whether you have plans to redo your home office or you have plans to refresh your back patio now is the time to gather all your ideas, make a plan, buy your supplies and get started. That way by summer you’ll be enjoying the fruits of your labor.Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.