When I think of spring cleaning, I often think of scouring and scrubbing. And lots of hard work.
But what about spring cleaning your decor?
What would spring cleaning mean when applied to the way you decorate?
That urge that you get to move the furniture and other things around is a normal response to the newness of spring. But, as I suggested in yesterday's post, I recommend that before you go shopping for new decor, or decide on a completely new look or feel for your living room, you declutter your home.
By the way, a group of us are participating in a decluttering challenge this week, so if you don't want to do it alone, join us.
Next Step after Decluttering: Undecorate
Once the clutter has been cleared, I suggest that the letting go process continue, for at least a few more days.
Get rid of it. Your decorating, I mean. :)
Undecorating is a lightening fast practice where you remove a layer of cute stuff from your house in hopes that it prompts you to be more intentional with your decor. -Myquillyn Smith, author of Cozy Minimalist Home
I have done this step before without knowing there was a name for it. When I did it, I want to see the room at its barest, so I could feel its spaciousness and then, add the bare minimum it needed to make it hygge cozy.
Sometimes, I just wanted it bare after a Christmas season loaded with decorations. In fact, there is often a moment, right after Christmas, when I feel like I can't stand another moment of all the things being everywhere.
It's like the depressing mess after a great party. You ask if all that fun was really worth it. And there's a moment when you're not sure.
That's how I feel in the days after Christmas. What once wrapped me up in cheer is now a depressing reminder of what is now over.
And my home feels overstuffed with it all. Putting it all away gives me a feeling of relief. And then, I need some time with the bareness and spaciousness before I retrieve everything I hid away during the holiday season.
It's that bareness that I recommend here.
Getting rid of all of the decor will bring a breath of fresh air to the way the room feels. And once it's clear, if you leave it that way for several days, it will be easier to avoid going overboard in your decorating.
What if it only needs one new thing?
Myquillyn suggests making that one new thing a plant, and then, see what else it might need.
What about You: Which Room First?
So, to summarize, after yesterday's task of getting rid of anything you no longer love, or that doesn't belong there, you undecorate.
Let it stay bare for a few days and then, decide what would make it feel just right.
Do this in every room, and your whole home will feel fresh and new and spring clean. :)
Which room which you work on first?
See you tomorrow!
Don't forget to join the decluttering challenge: Tackle Your Scariest Space.
Decluttering expert, Dana White, author of Decluttering at the Speed of Life, is offering a free 15-minute video with decluttering tips, and a workbook with printable worksheets. You also will get my decluttering tips checklist for 5 steps to declutter your home without feeling overwhelmed.