Spring-cleaning is a tradition that dates back centuries, encouraging us to us to cleanse our surroundings and welcome the upcoming season. With busy home lives and hectic work schedules, however, it’s easy for best-laid plans to go to waste when the time comes, meaning many of us live with clutter all year round. To help you get a head start this year, here are five tips to help you spruce up your home for spring.

Choose a Decluttering Method

It goes without saying that you’ll want to create a spring-cleaning checklist, but before you knuckle down to the hard graft, it’s time to de-clutter. There are many different de-cluttering methods for the home depending on its size and structure, but the most important thing is to have a plan and stick to it. If you only have an hour each day to de-clutter, try to tackle one area or item at a time. For instance, you might decide to sort out all the clothes in your home, all the books you own or just one specific area, such as the kitchen cabinets.

Let the Light In

Nothing says spring like a light-filled room, so throw open the drapes and give your windows a good polish. You’ll be amazed how much brighter your home looks without those smeary handprints and watermarks – plus that’s one item already checked off your spring-cleaning schedule. Try mixing vinegar and warm water for a natural glass cleaner, then open up the windows to air out the smell. Your home will be feeling fresher in no time.

Divide Up Spring Cleaning Chores

Unless you live alone, there’s no reason you should take on all the spring-cleaning yourself. Small children can help by sorting toys or load the washing machine, while older kids can take on more substantial chores. If you live with a partner, create a spring-cleaning checklist together that covers each room in the house, then divide up the jobs equally.

Breathe New Life Into Your Home

Spring is the perfect time to treat yourself, so swap out your old, tired furniture pieces for trendier alternatives. Why not upgrade your dining table to a large wooden feature that seats more guests, for instance, or swap your coffee table for side units. Changing just one piece of furniture can give a whole room an entirely different look; so incorporating new pieces (or upcycling old ones) is the fastest way to spruce up your space. You can find handcrafted, ethically sourced items from Banbayu to complete your home’s new look.

Brighten Up

Flowering tulips, blue skies and bright sunshine – after the dull hues and dusty browns of fall, spring is all about bold colors and floral patterns. So, brighten up your home by giving an old piece of furniture a coat of yellow paint, then go shopping for new scatter cushions for your couch. Replace thick winter drapes and blankets for more breathable fabrics and, lastly, adorn your home with freshly cut flowers!