17 Ways to Ease into Spring
We’re sharing 17 ways to ease into Spring today!
It might seem a bit weird to talk about Spring already, especially since it’s still officially a few weeks away and I know some of you just got hit with a big snowstorm.
But the winter in Florida has been fairly mild though which has me itching to pick up a few things at our local nursery.
We love flowers, so of course, we want to take all of them home.
While we’re still in the process of planning a few room makeovers at my childhood home Loblolly Manor, and working to organize Journeys End, we’re also dreaming of flower boxes and lots of container gardens on the front porch.
I know this time of year can be a tricky one for planting.
So, while we wait for the chance of frost to pass before we load up the back of our car with gorgeous plants and flowers, we thought it would be a good time to at least start thinking about celebrating Spring.
Here’s a look at 17 Ways to Ease into Spring…
Begin Planning Container Gardens
Container gardens are a great way to add color and texture to your front porch and patio without having to commit to a large area for cutting flowers or vegetable gardens.
They’re easy to maintain as long as you pair plants together that require the same amount of water and sunlight.
You can find our most popular Spring Flowers Porch Tour here.
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.
Now is a great time of year to open the windows especially if you’re in the South. There is almost no humidity and the temperatures feel downright balmy at times.
Organize Your Drawers, Cabinets, and Closets
Did you know most people quit their New Year’s Resolutions and Goals by February 15th?
If you fall into that category and want to begin again, start small with a linen or bathroom closet or a kitchen drawer. It will help you build confidence when you’re moving on to other spaces in your home.
If you’re completely off track in other areas, you can follow along with our 52 Weeks to a Simplified & Organized Home Challenge.
It’s one focus area a month with a specific task each week and I promise, it’s totally doable, even if you have a busy schedule.
If you’re all, “CoCo, I got this! I’ve been organizing since January 1st” – I’m so proud of you, keep up the good work!
Picnic at the Park
Spending time outdoors is a great way to ease into Spring! 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 have your family ride around the neighborhood bike brigade style.
As always, make sure to practice proper bike safety habits!
Add More Greens to Your Diet
We’ve been making smoothies almost every morning and eating salads for lunch too. It’s been fun to come up with different flavor combinations.
Spring in the US is a great time to enjoy 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.
You can find our March Menu Ideas here.
Change Out Your Throw Pillows and Decor Accessories
Adding Spring touches around the house can be as easy as changing out your faux fur pillows for floral ones, adding flowers and greenery to your favorite spaces, incorporating Spring colors throughout your home or even hanging fresh seasonal towels in your kitchen.
There’s no need to redecorate! A few fresh pops of color here and there will do!
Hang a Spring Wreath or Flower Basket
Ease into Spring by welcoming your friends, family, and neighbors with a cheery 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 a small thing, but you probably walk through your front door multiple times a day. Why not make your entry and exit special?
You can find out how to make this easy Spring Front Door Flower Basket here.
Give an Old Piece of Furniture or Home Decor Accessory Fresh 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 piece if it were painted) do your research, pick a paint color, and get started.
Paint is a budget-friendly way to give an old piece of furniture or home decor accessories fresh life.
You can find our Chalk Painting Furniture post here and our Spray Painting 101: Simple Tips and Tricks post here.
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 or lavender 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.
You can find our favorite simmer pot recipes here.
Buy a Pretty Floral Dress
Spring dresses have officially arrived online and in stores!
If you normally buy a new outfit for Easter and special occasion services 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 in boot trees for your boots or packing them with tissue paper.
Store snow gear in your basement or garage.
Spring Clean Your House
When was the last time you cleaned your baseboards, fans, blinds, vents, or chandelier arms?
Spring cleaning the house feels like a rite of passage. So, 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!
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 time to get away, but you can make time to dive into a new book or magazine this season.
Schedule a Girl’s 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, ease into Spring by making time to nurture and celebrate each other.
You can find all the details from our Savannah trip here.
Buy Tickets for a Local Garden Tour
Each Spring, we go on a garden tour benefiting our local garden club and it’s so inspiring.
I’m always amazed at the variety of plants and flowers each homeowner pairs together.
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 add shiplap to your kitchen or refresh your back patio now is the time to gather all your ideas, make a plan, buy your supplies, and get started.
By summer you’ll be enjoying the fruits of your labor!
Bonus Idea…Plan Your Easter Menu and Tablescape
Gathering around the table to share a meal with friends and family will forever be one of my all-time favorite simple pleasures.
Now is a great time to plan your Easter menu and tablescape. That way, you’ll have everything you need to create memories that will last a lifetime!
Let us how you plan to ease into Spring!
Here are a few other ways to celebrate all things Spring:
- Spring Home Tour and Hop Into Easter Blog Hop
- Easy-Springy Bed Spring Ideas
- Hop Into Spring Home Tour
- Parade of Bunnies Home Tour
Yes, Nancy, I know exactly what you mean! I wanted to plant some container gardens this weekend but then it turned chilly again so I had to wait for a hot minute. This really is such a great time to live in Florida. Sending you hugs and I can’t wait to see what you do in the back yard. Hugs, CoCo
Beautiful and I look forward to flowers. In a few weeks we will planting Violas.
I can’t wait. I’m adding more spring touches to our home.
One of my favorites is adding dried hydrangeas. The soft colors and petals are so pretty.
Preach it ladies, I can totally relate to this. I never know when to plant and when to wait…I guess I’ll be pulling out the Farmer’s Almanac 🙂 Hugs, CoCo
These are such great tips! I just planted some flowers in containers, but still have some closets that need organizing. Thank you for the inspiration! 🙂
I really appreciate it, Heidi, thank you! It’s been fun to plan spring projects one of them being a total revamp for the master bedroom closet. Wishing you a great week and a happy spring season! Hugs, CoCo
Awesome tips, CoCo! I LOVE the signature scent one! I know the visual aspects of spring (pastel colors, etc) are always the first thing I do to add spring touches to our home, but the sense of smell is also so important and often overlooked! Lemon is usually my go-to but I just might have to change it up this year! Thank you so much for the inspiration!
So glad you like these ideas, Christine! We’ve always tried to be mindful of having a signature scent in our home. All of my grandparents but one lived on a farm and one household smelled like a mix of garden and tobacco leaves (they lived on a tobacco farm) and the other one had lots of flowers and her home always smelled like country cooking and gardenias. It seems like such a small thing but I never pass a gardenia without thinking about how much fun they were and how much they loved us too. Can’t wait to hear which scent you choose. I love lemons too! Hugs, CoCo
Not 5 or 10 but 17 wonderful spring ideas! I have the worst time choosing a spring scent. I can smell 50 different candles and can’t choose a single one! I leave empty handed only to be disappointed. Ugh. #GirlMakeUpYourMind! On a good note, Mother has been hinting for a girls trip so I guess I’ll figure something out. Not going to tackle that closet though. LOL.
You are so funny, Cindy! Candles get me every time too. Sometimes I feel like something tropical a few days later I’m all about a citrus grove. I can’t wait to hear where you and your Mom choose to have a girls trip. I always have tons of fun treasure hunting with my Mom and exploring little towns. I swear if I lived closer I would organize all your cabinets and drawers because you know that is so my jam ha ha! Big hugs, CoCo
So many wonderful ideas and inspiration photos, CoCo. We are having some 40 degree days lately…which trust me…it feels spring-like! I love opening the windows to let in fresh air!
You are so funny! I’m sure 40 feels downright balmy compared to what you’ve been through this season. It dropped down to the 60s here because of all the rain so I’m wearing my cable knit and cuddle duds ha ha. Thankfully, I know this won’t last too long because there are signs of spring everywhere. Sending you warm hugs, CoCo
I wish we could put our boots and sweaters away! Even though there’s been a warming trend lately, it’s not unusual to have snow on the ground at Easter! That girls’ trip back east with all my college girlfriends has already been scheduled! Can’t wait. Great ideas:) Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen
I can’t even imagine being as cold as you guys have been this year, Kathleen! I know you’ll be so ready to welcome Spring as soon as it arrives. I’m excited about your girls’ trip. It sounds like it’s going to be so much fun and something extra special to look forward to. Hugs, CoCo
What good ideas you’ve included here! You make me want to throw open the windows and give my house a good cleaning. Thank you for the inspiration!
Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!
Thank you so much, Richella! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. Spring is one of our favorite times of the year so we’re definitely with you and ready to throw open the windows, deep clean and embrace a fresh start! Hugs and thank yous, CoCo
love your great ideas… we just bought a new house and look very much foeward to spring to put some flowers in the yard
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That is so exciting, Angie, congratulations! Being able to finally plant flowers in the yard of your new home is definitely something fun to look forward to. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together. Hope you’ve had a great week, CoCo
Such wonderful ideas for spring CoCo and the images of your home are always so lovely.
Thank you for sharing these sprin gideas at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring them at tomorrow’s party and pinning too.
Thank you so much for featuring my simple ways to ease into spring, Kerryanne, I really appreciate it. It’s been so cold and rainy here I can’t wait to get out in the yard and plant some flowers. Hugs and thank yous, CoCo
I love these practical ideas. You have me inspired to get started!
So many great ideas Coco! I am so jealous of your friend who goes away each spring and catches up on her reading. What a great way to start a new year! Winter just isn’t letting up here in Colorado this year! It’s snowing right this minute. But your post has given me some things I can do to while away the rest of winter. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for sharing such great tips to help us ease into Spring! I always get excited for the beginning of a new season! It’s like starting fresh and I can’t wait to spruce up my outdoor spaces and plant some flowers!! Thanks for all the inspiration and for sharing such lovely pictures of your home! Hugs, Donna
Great tips CoCo. I was able to open windows one day in February, but as I am looking out my window today, I am faced with a few inches of snow here in Ohio. I did my one day though so I will keep smiling until I see spring weather. It is comical to see my daffodils blooming in a patch of snow, but that is life here. Enjoy your day!