Good morning to you all my Monday Motivation readers. It is the start of another week and, if the forecast is correct, another wet and cold week it will be. But I’m not letting the crappy weather dull my sparkle, I’ve had a fab weekend and I’m ready to grasp this week with both hands and make it a good one! Whilst it doesn’t feel much like Spring outside, the season is well upon us and I’m ready to enjoy it. I thought I would use today’s post to talk about my favourite things about the Spring and my top 10 things to do at this time of year. It’s a perfect time for change, which is something I don’t often say. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not the biggest fan of change, but I just feel at this time of year it is justified! Even if it’s only minor things, it’s a great time for getting rid of the old and bringing in the new!
So here are my top 10 things to bring the Spring into your life:
Putting flowers around your home is a great way to bring in colour and make your home feel fresh and Spring-like. Daffodils are an obvious favourite at this time of year and I love tulips too. I’m even a fan of the fake flower…they may not smell as nice, but they look great and don’t die which is always a bonus!
2. Refresh your bedding
It might seem like an obvious one but I love refreshing our bedding at the start of every season. I don’t always buy new bedding, but changing from Winter brushed cotton covers to white crisp ones certainly gives that feeling that things are fresh and new. I like to change up our blankets that run along the end of the bed to lighter fresher colours too.
3. Get out in the open air
OK, the current wet weather makes getting out into the fresh air slightly more difficult but we like to go on as many family walks and bike rides as we can in the Spring to help blow away those cobwebs and make the most of the lighter evenings. I can’t wait to pick up my new bike so I can use it to deliver my Avon books! So much more fun and better exercise than driving around in the car!
4. Visit a country fair
There are lots of adverts for local fairs popping up at the moment, and if you get a sunny day it’s a great way to get out and enjoy the fruits of the season. I travelled up to London for the Country Living Spring Fair this weekend and it was great. We have been to the Country Living Christmas Fair on many occasions but the Spring Fair had a very different feel about it. It was calm and almost serene. There were flowers and bunting, cakes and gin…what’s not to love! I could have spent an absolute fortune but was, in fact, very controlled! Although exhausted from all the browsing I came away feeling very contented after spending the day amongst so many beautiful things. We also took part in a Spring wooden wreath making class which was brilliant!
5. Clean your carpets
Ok, this might not sound like the most exciting of tasks but whether you do it yourself or get someone in to do it, cleaning your carpets leaves your home feeling and smelling fresh and clean.
6. Let the outside in
As the weather gets warmer it’s a great opportunity to open doors and windows and let in the fresh air. Central heating creates dust and isn’t particularly healthy so turning off the heating and opening the windows is great for getting rid of bugs and letting in the Spring air. I know I always sleep better when we can have the bedroom windows open throughout the night.
7. Change up your home decor
Why not use the change in season as an excuse for changing some of your home decor. It doesn’t have to be anything major, I’m not talking painting walls here, but adding some different coloured cushions and swapping out some of your ornaments and other decor can make a room feel so different. I like to keep a small box of different home decor items for each of the seasons that I can swap over, just to give a nice freshen up and a change. A change is as good as a rest or so they say!
8. Start preparing your garden for the warmer weather
Now is a great time to start getting your garden ready. As we found out a few weeks ago, warm weather can land on us very suddenly without much warning and if your grass is up to your knees and your patio covered in weeds the sun could have gone again before you get a chance to make your garden comfortable to sit in! We have been vowing to do some work in our garden ever since we moved in nearly 3 years ago and it’s still just a big patch of grass! If you have wooden garden furniture that needs sanding and treating before the Summer, now is a great time to do that too.
9. Visit a local farm
Farms and zoos are wonderful at this time of year – babies!! There’s not a lot that’s cuter than lambs and baby rabbits and your local children’s farm will be full of them at this time of year. Most of them have lots of things to do that are under cover too so you can still visit on a rainy day.
10. Revamp your wardrobe
Spring is the perfect time to go through your wardrobe and have a good clear out. Get rid of any of those clothes that you didn’t wear over the Autumn/Winter and then pack all your other cold weather clothes into a vacuum bag and put them away. Bring out your Spring/Summer clothes and hang them to freshen them up before wearing them. I like to wash any clothes that have been packed away so my wardrobe smells lovely too! I also like to go on a bit of a shopping spree and update my wardrobe a little bit at this time of year. I find it difficult to justify spending lots of money on clothes for myself so can usually be seen stocking up in Primark – I’m all about quantity over quality!
So if you’re wanting to bring some more Spring into your life try some of my tips. I’m definitely ready for some warmer weather and for this rain to stop! Have a great week!