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    7 Steps for a Winter Home Refresh

    The holiday decorations are put away, our diets are cleaned up, and the days are starting to feel a bit dreary. With more time huddled up indoors, winter is the perfect season to freshen up one’s home. Follow along with my 7 steps for a winter home refresh that will give both your interiors and your energy a boost.

    1. Clean, Organize, and Declutter. I’ve said it many a time, but Winter, rather than Spring, is the perfect time to deep clean your home. Once the holiday décor is stored for the year, take the time to address every inch of your home, deep cleaning, organizing, and decluttering along the way. When the tempo of life picks up again in Spring and Summer, and the pull of long nights and sunshine draws us outdoors, you’ll be thrilled to have a home in good order for the busy seasons ahead. 
    2. Procure Some House Plants. One of my favorite pieces of decorating advice is that all rooms of a home should have a living component, which most often takes the form of a plant. Plants add wonderful texture to any space, and many of them also remove pollutants from the air. In the doldrums of winter, add a little life to your home with some beautiful greenery. My favorite spots for budget plant buying are Home Depot, and, believe it or not, Ikea. I also love the adorable, and amazingly affordable little potted gems found at Trader Joe’s. If you’re going for a really beautiful, centerpiece plant, nurseries and floral shops are your best bet.
    3. Perfume your Home Naturally. In a perfect world, my home would always be filled with fresh flowers, a total budget killer, and cozy lit candles, a major fire hazard when you are running in and out all day trying to keep up with your kids’ schedules. And since winter is not typically the time to open the windows and enjoy the fresh fragrance of nature, I like to infuse natural scents into my home with either essential oil diffusers or reed diffusers. These lovely vessels emit a long-lasting but not overly intense fragrance. I have a combination of in all my bathrooms and near my front door so our home always smells lovely when guest arrive. I recently picked up this amazing pear and freesia scented diffuser that reminds me daily that warmer days are on the horizon.
    4. Swap in Seasonal Pillows. I’m not always a huge fan of seasonal decorating since it ultimately means I end up having to store items for several months a year. I will sometimes make an exception when those items take up very little off-season space. Seasonal pillow cases are a great way to add some punch, texture, and fun to your furnishings. The key is to keep the base pillows year-round (18×18 is a good bet for a standard size), simply swapping out the zipper pillow cover seasonally.  This allows you to run wild with your themes; maybe a nice plaid for fall and winter, some floral for the spring and summer, and endless holiday themes, such as these cute and timely Valentine’s covers.
    5. Freshen up Linens. Take a moment to asses all the linens about the house. Are your hard-working hand and dish towels getting a little dingy?  These linens are fairly inexpensive to replace, and new fun patterns can brighten one’s day during the cold and dark winter season. If the linens in your home such as window dressings, shower curtains, and throw blankets are still in good shape, have them freshly laundered, either at home if your appliances can handle it, or send them off to the dry cleaner to come back perfectly cleaned and pressed.
    6. Let your Flag Fly. Do you have a flag pole that is primarily used for the Fourth of July, or to cheer on your favorite sports team? Once the Superbowl has wrapped you might be tempted to take down your pole for the season. This year try warming up your winter porch with a lovely seasonal flag. And while seasonal flags can often trend toward tacky, I’ve found that Etsy has lots of great stylish options, like this Valentine’s flag currently hanging on my front porch.
    7. Switch up your Soaps. Don’t you love it with home accents like fancy hand soaps can be both pretty and practical. Enjoying the handwashing process can also go a long way to encourage your family to properly scrub all the winter germs away. Once the holidays have passed, I swap out my (amazing) Fraser Fir soap for lighter floral or botanical scents that help me anticipate warm spring days.
    Photo by Elizabeth Curtiss

    Are the cold and dark days getting you down? Break out of your winter gloom and brighten your days by following my 7 steps to a winter home refresh.  Spring is coming!

    Feature photo by Kosti Kovanata/Adobe.