I thought that once the warmer weather hit I’d be running out with my woven bag, denim jacket, and two kids in tow, taking on the city as I know it. Turns out, I was slightly wrong. The arrival of spring has brought on an appreciation for our small apartment tucked away in Brooklyn. It’s as if I’m seeing it all with fresh eyes. The new coat of white paint on our radiator doesn’t hurt either.
Last Sunday, we hosted our first brunch for my family, and having a cornerstone in the madness of the city for family to congregate made me more appreciative for our unassuming one bedroom. As someone who moved often as a kid, it brings it’s own unique comfort to have our friends and family filling our walls with their laughter.
With that said, spring is also a time to edit, organize, and freshen things up a little. Does the term “Spring Cleaning” sound overwhelming? I’m not telling you to bury yourself in your kitchen cabinets for days. I’m saying that maybe it’s time to step back, look at what’s working and what needs a light touch-up and give it a tiny bit of TLC. Shall we call it it a spring freshen up?
To combat the overwhelming nature of a “spring freshen up,” I’ve found creating a list and dedicating one day with very specific hours to projects, makes it more enjoyable, and cuts the time in half. No surfing the internet, no jumping from painting a spot to color coding books. Stick to one thing and enjoy it.
Here are just a few things you can do to ready your space for spring:
+ Buy a new set of blush sheets to show off.
+ Add a collection of dry flowers to your mantle.
+ Try out open shelving.
+ Light a new candle.
+ Stick up some removable wallpaper behind your bed frame.
+ Hang your favorite sunhat in your entry way.
+ Display an overwhelming amount of fresh fruit on your dining table (then eat it and replenish, of course).
+ Make your own lavender sachets and place them about.
+ Make a window box with fresh market flowers and bring some in with small table planters.
Maybe a fresh set of paint, too? Are you doing anything to ready your space this spring?
(Photo by Julia Elizabeth for LaTonya Yvette)
I have a small house, so your ideas are helpful to me. I have had the same wicker basket w/ candle holders in the middle of my table for what seems like ever….yes, I change it up for the seasons/holidays with a placemat underneath, holiday candles, etc. But now you're making me want to take the big beautiful ceramic bowl my husband bought me at an art shop down from on top of the cabinets where I've kept it for safe keeping, put it in the middle of my table and fill it with fruit. I might just do it! ♥
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I am an apartment dweller and a cat mom so flowers are out lol I just picked up a few new things for the place. I love colors in the kitchen and maybe the bathroom. So gold and neon colors it is. Maybe it is my translation into spring. Never thought about it. love this post!
Sounds amazing! I love gold and neon as well.
Do it! It is small and weird and LIFE CHANGING. I am a big believer in the little things.