14 Fresh & Pretty Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Spring

Every year, that day comes in March when the sky looks just a little different, and the birds are chirping just a little louder.

You look around your house and suddenly get the urge to change…everything.

Spring fever has hit you hard, and you need to know how to make your home reflect the bright and beautiful world outside. Here’s how.

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How to welcome fresh air, sunshine, and the promise of a brand new start. These are the best ways to get your home ready for spring.

1. Let in the air and light

Winter is cozy, but spring is fresh. And after months of huddling by the fire and wearing fuzzy stuff, we are all feeling ready to breathe some fresh air and enjoy the sunlight.

A sunlit interior of a sunroom with a plush blue sofa and armchairs, wood flooring, and large windows that offer a view of the green landscape outside, creating a bright and inviting space for leisure.

Everyone enjoys sparkling clean windows and window screens. This is one of the most annoying household chores but one of the most important when you’re ready to transition to spring.

If you hate doing windows and can’t afford to hire someone to do it for you, try just cleaning one window per day. (This is a great strategy for deep cleaning in general.) You’ll get there!

Make sure you have screens in all your windows so you can open them on that first warm day.

Are your curtains heavy and dark? Consider switching them out for something lighter for spring and summer, or invest in some tie back pulls so that you get as much light shining in as you can.

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2. Add white and cream

White and cream are bright and cheerful and go with everything. Any time you can add a touch of them, that room will feel lighter and happier. And you can work them in just about anywhere.

A serene bedroom in a watercolor painting, with a white bed, sheer curtains, floral arrangements, and a light, airy ambiance.

Some ideas:

  • sheer white curtains on your windows (this is especially pretty in bedrooms and bathrooms)
  • fresh white pillowcases on your bed
  • a collection of small creamware pitchers on your dining room table
  • white platters hung on the wall
  • a light-colored or white rug (not practical for everyone, but makes a huge difference!)
  • cream or white throw pillows

3. Get something growing

It honestly doesn’t matter what. But spring means growing above all else, and your home should reflect that. But when you’re ready for spring, and it’s too cold to plant outside, what to do?

A watercolor image of a sunny kitchen window sill filled with potted herbs and plants, evoking a sense of spring’s fresh start.
  • Start garden plants inside (even if you don’t have a vegetable garden, you can start seeds for containers indoors)
  • Get a houseplant
  • Buy some small herb plants and keep them on a sunny windowsill

4. Spring fragrances

A new season means new fragrances. And springtime fragrances are some of the best. Whether you like candles, room sprays, or wax melts, switch up your fragrances for the season to help you welcome spring.

A watercolor painting of a window sill adorned with a glass jar of purple lilac flowers, with a view of a sunny garden in the background.

Don’t forget to get springy fragrances for your dish soap and cleaning spray, too!

Some favorites:

5. Floral touches

Fresh flowers do something special for every house. And if you can grow your cutting flowers or cut some blooming branches, your home will look like spring instantly.

But what if you don’t have room for a garden or you have allergies? That’s okay!

A cozy bedroom in watercolor, featuring a wooden bed with floral bedding, a window with sheer curtains, and a warm sunlight streaming in.

Here are some other ideas to add floral elements to your home, without the flowers.

  • A light floral quilt folded at the foot of your bed or draped over your bed.
  • Vintage-style floral botanicals framed in a group of four in your hallway.
  • Faux floral branches or wreaths (from a distance they don’t look bad!)

5. Rearrange your furniture

Switching furniture around also makes your house feel new. To prepare your home for spring, try orienting your view to look out a window. Move your end tables around, try lamps in new spots, or just remove pieces if your house feels cluttered overall.

A charming living room with a stone fireplace, bookshelves filled with various objects, and comfortable seating, suggesting a warm and welcoming space for family gatherings.

Even if the result is not better than what you have, it feels good to try something new now and then.

Go ahead and dust while you’re at it 😉. You can also check on fresh ideas for spring decor from this guide.

6. Find seasonal recipes

Every season has its own recipes, and spring is no different. Before spring arrives, make sure you spend a little time researching things you’d like to try.

A vibrant watercolor illustration of fresh strawberries and blackberries scattered around an open book, with a jar of homemade jam and a metal container full of strawberries, suggesting a scene of summer preserving and reading.

Whenever you come across a recipe you like that uses the grill or strawberries or feels out of season in the winter, make sure you save it! When the weather changes, you’ll have a whole collection of things to try.

It might seem like a little thing, but nothing is more seasonal than food.

Some of our favorite springtime recipes (even before anything is in season):

7. Hang up a clothesline

A quaint backyard scene in watercolor showcasing freshly laundered clothes hanging on a line amongst flowering bushes and a clear blue sky.

One of the best tips for improving your mood is to start line-drying your laundry. Does this sound nuts? Well, it works!

Hanging up your clothes in the fresh air forces you outside, twice, to get a little sun and air and exercise. It makes you feel productive, and it looks pretty. Sheets and towels that have dried in the sun smell great and feel fresh. It’s a great way to capture the outdoors and bring them in.

If you don’t have space for a clothesline, try a folding drying rack or just hang your towels over the edge of your deck.

8. Purge the pantry

Cleaning out the pantry is one of those home tasks that isn’t fun but is always rewarding.

Go through all those foods you know you’ll never really eat and just throw them out. Organize what’s left, and start stocking your pantry with things you’ll really use for the season.

"A watercolor painting of a wooden pantry shelf stocked with jars of preserved foods, bowls of fresh produce, and kitchen utensils, ready for springtime cooking

Since spring is on the way, stock up on sparkling water, barbecue sauce, and anything else you need for warmer weather.

Do you love preserving food at home? Don’t forget to get ready for canning season too!

9. Spruce up your mudroom and coat closet

This is one of the best parts of saying goodbye to winter! That messy jumble of coats, mittens, and snow boots can get packed away. Give your mudroom a good scrubbing, and clear out the coat closet.

An inviting watercolor illustration of a home’s entryway with a wooden bench, colorful rain boots, and spring flowers, setting a welcoming tone.

Of course, spring will bring rainy days, so you’ll need your raincoat and boots. Be sure to check and replace your springtime weather gear as needed.

But clearing out all that winter stuff is a great way to make room for a new season, mentally and physically.

10. Style your shelves

There’s no need to go crazy here and make your house look fake and weird. But overstuffed bookshelves that feel cozy and slightly cluttered in winter will drive you crazy in spring.

A watercolor depiction of a classic home library with bookshelves lined with colorful books, a cozy armchair, and fresh flowers adding a touch of spring.

Remove enough items so that your books have a little breathing room. You can add vases, framed photos, small sculptures, or anything else to add beauty and a little space to your shelves.

11. Do some spring cleaning (on your terms)

There’s absolutely no reason to set aside a week of misery to clean the gutters, wash all the windows, and go through every cabinet in the house.

A watercolor illustration of a well-organized mudroom with open shelves, various household items, and a view of a lush garden through the open door.

But spring cleaning is a tradition for a reason. Winter does a number on a house, from ashy fireplaces to muddy shoes to all that time at home making messes. But more than that, spring comes with a light and fresh energy that all but demands a clean house. So when the urge hits, do a little extra cleaning. It’s in the air.

12. Add pretty linens

We’ve already discussed white pillowcases and light floral quilts. But there are even more opportunities to add touches of spring to your home through the linens you choose.

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Here are some of the best ones to add a little cheerfulness and color:

13. Clean up the deck and porch

Winter can be hard on your outdoor spaces. When spring is on the way, cleaning up your deck and porch is one of the best things you can do to make sure you’re ready. Check for cracked planters, damage to your furniture, and anything else that needs to be cleaned or thrown away.

A cozy porch setting with rocking chairs and a sofa adorned with blue cushions, surrounded by lush greenery and flowers, evoking a peaceful place to relax outdoors.

If you used covers on your outdoor furniture, it’s probably in good shape. When the weather turns warmer, fold them and tuck them away so your deck is ready to enjoy.

Hopefully, you found this list of ways to prepare for spring encouraging and exciting, not overwhelming. Enjoy the season 💕.

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  1. Love this article and the pictures make it so special. Yes, let the sunshine in and get ready for spring. Thank you.

    1. I am so inspired and love the breath of fresh air, really love the pictures. Thank you so much for making me smile

  2. I will confess, I am a winter person! But, I do like the change of seasons. I have a indoor herb garden with one of those lights (got one for Christmas, first timer) So far, it’s going well. I am looking into putting lots of houseplants in this year, I have decided not to move this year (looking for more land and not finding it yet) so I don’t have to worry about moving them. I am researching it because I have 2 cats and do not want to get anything toxic. I recommend that while going thru the pantry, any food that isn’t expired or open, be donated to the local pantry instead of just tossing. They can always use your extras! Thanks!

  3. Hey there! I am doing a weekly post round-up on my blog on Fridays. I hope you don’t mind, but I am linking this one!