Nevertheless, the tiny changes made a huge difference, and now we feel lighter at home - super important since longer and warmer days mean a busier schedule outside of the house. It's nice to come back to a more zen and tranquil space.
In the winter, I like to make things cozy with rugs, throws, pillows, and books strewn about. It encourages us to tuck in and cuddle up; winter storms that make us homebound are almost welcome.
Not so come April. Here's what I did (in about two hours):
1. took up the living room area rug, brushed it off and aired it outside, then rolled it up for storage in the garage.
2. moved around the living room couches and vacuumed underneath them.
3. wiped down the baseboard heaters with a damp cloth.
4. cleared the bay window of books and decor. I left two pieces of pottery and the children's planting kits (tomatoes and green peppers starting from seed).
5. took down and washed the kitchen balloon curtain. I'm making it over into two café curtains for a lighter, more simple look.
6. shelved all the heavy winter afghans and throws
7. rotated my wardrobe. Corduroys and certain tops are only suitable in the fall and winter. I store these in giant space bags and keep them in the linen closet just outside our bedroom. When it's time to switch over again in the fall, it's accessible and lots of fun (it feels like I'm getting a new set of clothes).
Also, now is when I like to get a head start on looking nice in my bathing suit! I start walking more, eating a little less (or eating more salads - however you want to look at it), and really work on getting my skin in shape. It's easy and fun if you start now, knowing that there will be no panicking come June.
Lastly, here's a piece of very exciting news: Jennifer L. Scott, the author of Lessons From Madame Chic (remember her interview with us?), was recently picked up by Simon and Schuster! This is tremendously exciting news, as she comes from a place of self-publishing. Jennifer is one of the hardest working people out there, and this most recent accomplishment is well-deserved. We send out warmest congratulations.