Bring Spring IndoorsApril 1, 2014
Mother Nature: “It’s time to wake up and smell the roses.”
We’re rounding the corner from winter to spring, filling most of us with the urge to clean up, air out, and generally refresh our environments. With that in mind, here are a few simple ways to “spring ahead” on the home front.
Force of Nature
Go outside and cut branches of spring-flowering shrubs and trees, and bring them inside to bloom. Possible candidates include: cherry, crab apple, flowering dogwood, lilac, pear, pussy willow, and redbud.
Bear in mind that branches can take anywhere from one to four weeks before they’re ready to produce flowers. Taking care to select healthy branches with plenty of flower and leaf buds will shorten the time before flowering.
Brightening on a Budget
Spring redecorating doesn’t have to mean doing severe damage to your wallet. Get crafty and visit your local fabric store to create your own drapes, tablecloths, blankets and throw pillows. Make sure to select a softer color scheme; this will make your room look brighter and feel cooler as warmer weather approaches.
Spring = Good Smells
As warmer weather sets in, it’s pretty appealing to fling the windows open and refresh rooms plagued with months of stagnant air. Once you reach that milestone, consider ways to keep those rooms freshly scented all year long. Buy dried flowers and place them throughout your house. Try to avoid heavy perfumed cleaning products that expose your household to caustic chemicals and overwhelming odors. Lastly, take the time to clean your entire house thoroughly; winter in Minnesota is long, and that gives unpleasant odors lots of time to leave their stamp.
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