Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and the sun is shining (sort of). After its long awaited return, spring is finally here in Happy Valley! This means it’s time to spruce up your home with some spring-cleaning and some reorganizing. If your dorm or apartment is still stuck in the dreary days of winter, Valley is here to help with some helpful tips on how to bring spring into your home.
Pillows are a great, inexpensive way to add a pop of color to your bedroom or living room. Most stores carry them in a variety of colors and prints that match virtually any couch or bed. Target sells colorful floral printed pillows in any shape or size, available here.
After months of not being able to see the grass under inches of snow, everyone appreciates seeing flowers popping up across campus. Who says the flowers have to stay outside? Grab an empty wine bottle, pastel paint and a small bundle of your favorite colorful flowers from a florist downtown. Paint the wine bottle, let dry and tie a festive ribbon around the top. Fill the bottle with some water, put the flowers inside and you’ve just created your very own recycled vase.
Yankee Candle is currently selling an Easter Collection, featuring scents like Jelly Beans and Marshmallow Peeps. If your home looks the part, it has to smell the part too. These spring inspired candles are available on the Yankee Candle website.
If you’re feeling crafty, visit your trusty friend Pinterest for fun décor ideas. Pinterest has tons of DIY spring crafts to add to your home. Using tape, paint and mason jars, you can create spring inspired striped jars to use in your kitchen, bathroom or anywhere else you can think of. These jars are great for storing makeup brushes, office supplies, or even flowers and they’re really cute! You can find step-by-step directions here, or visit Pinterest for more mason jar ideas.
A good old-fashioned spring-cleaning will do wonders for your dorm or apartment and it will really spruce the place up. Go through all of your winter clothing, make a pile of anything you didn’t wear all season and donate that pile to Goodwill. If you didn’t wear it at all this year, chances are you won’t wear it next year either. And, if you donate it, you’re doing a good deed and you will have plenty of room in your closet for your springtime clothes.