Sunday, 22 April 2018

5 tips to help you get ready for a new season


'A post that I was meant to share at the start of Spring,
but I guess it still works'


I feel like we've been waiting for Spring/Summer to arrive since, well, forever! We've finally had a taste for some warmer weather, but no doubt the April showers will be kicking in again very soon leaving only a small window for bbq's in the garden! Despite this I'm glad the evenings are lighter and we've been able to ditch the thick coats and scarfs! 

I thought I would put together a few tips to help you get ready for the warmer weather. Most of these I have been putting into practise over the past few weeks to get myself, and my home, ready for when the sunshine stays for good!

1. Have a well needed wardrobe clear out
This is one that I try to do each season but I'm a bit of a hoarder so it never really works well in my favour, however this year I have gone all out removing so many clothes, shoes and bags from my home and I'm considering selling them on Depop. I'm pretty new to the Depop game so any tips would be great, do you think it's worth it or not? If I do I'm hoping they will fund a brand new Spring wardrobe for me, and if not they'll be going straight to charity!

Having done this I actually feel really refreshed and as though I have achieved something by getting rid of items that I've had in my wardrobe for years! My advice would be to get stuck in straight away and create four different piles - keep, sentimental items, maybe and charity/sell. Make sure you are brutal with your decisions as you want to actually clear out your wardrobe, not just put it all back! Have a friend with you while your doing it if you need a bit of help as they will give you their honest opinions and maybe even take a couple of items off your hands!

2. Decluttering your home/bedroom
Whatever the space is that you live in, whether it be a bedroom, a flat or a house make sure you don't have too much clutter! The worst thing for me in my house is piles of post laying around waiting to be filed away (I have actually opted for paperless on most things, but sometimes they still send post!).

The way I solved this was buying a letter holder, which I've actually wanted for a while but just never got around to it. I bought a cute little one from B&M for a meer £4.99 and it has been working wonders already! I simply open my post, recycle the envelope, and then place it in whichever section is appropriate, the top slot is for things that can be filed away straight away and the bottom slot is for things that I need to look at again at the weekend, i.e. bills, invitations etc.

Another useful way to declutter is taking everything off of your shelves, giving them a good dust, and then placing your items back on the shelves in a minimal order. You'll soon start to notice the items that you don't really need on there anymore!

3. Open the windows and let the fresh air in
This one can be a bit tricky if, like me, you have house cats, but I do still think it's important to get the fresh air in your home after them being shut throughout Winter. The way I tackle this with my two house cats is to either shut the doors to the rooms with the windows open for an hour or so (not too long incase they somehow manage to make their way in and escape!), or to put the windows at a jar and then lock them. This helps the fresh air to still make its way into your home without the cats making their way out of your home!

4. Deep clean your home/bedroom
I truly do believe in the term 'Spring clean', after all what better time to get your home looking and smelling fresh than when the sun is shining and birds are chirping for a little longer in the day! I started this one mid March (when Spring should have kicked in!) and gave my home a massive deep clean! Everything was off shelves ready to be dusted, items that were lying around the house were put away in their rightful places, even the kitchen cupboards were cleared out - and we all know they never really get looked at!

I've still got some deep cleaning to do in our studio space upstairs and to use the good old 'oven pride' on the cooker, but once it is done it feels so good and your home looks and smells amazing afterwards!

5. Get outside!!
The best way to fully embrace the warmer weather is to get outside, go for a walk/run, see friends and family, even if it's still pretty chilly outside there are no excuses now that the clocks have gone forward and the evenings are lighter! Even though it's pretty wet outside, going shopping or for a coffee date is still a great way to get out of the house. For me it's about making memories with my nearest and dearest and I think that Spring/Summer is the best time of year to do this.

So those are my five tips on getting ready for a new season! I hope you enjoyed reading through my ideas and maybe try some of them out for yourselves. Do you tend to do anything particular when Spring/Summer arrives? I'd love for you to share your tips below :)

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