With Memorial Day just around the corner, it’s time to roll up your sleeves, dust off the colorful trio of adirondack chairs that line your patio and get ready to fire up the grill. But if all you’ve been doing all winter long is binge-watching your favorite TV shows on Netflix, you may need to spruce up your space before throwing your first soiree this spring. So that you can spend your hard-earned cash on essentials like fruity cocktails, string lights and building the perfect playlist on Spotify, we’ve put together a few quick and dirty tips for freshening up your home without breaking the bank.
Whether you’ve got a small screened-in porch, a sprawling back deck or a square of patio pavers in the yard, your outdoor space needs love, too. A quick and easy way to give your lawn a little TLC is by adding outdoor pillows to patio chairs and topping tables with scented citronella candles. Mix pillows with pops of color, geometric patterns and even floral designs to create a look that’ll have neighbors doing a double take. Pro tip: Before your next get-together, light a couple lavender scented citronella candles to fill the air with a calming scent and to ward off any pesky mosquitos.
To brighten up one of the most popular rooms in any house, pick up a bouquet of fresh-cut flowers at the farmers market or plant a windowsill herb garden. If you’re one of those people who just don’t understand the novelty of fresh flowers, we get it. The colorful blooms and green stems are gorgeous for a week or two, but eventually wither up before making their way to the trash. If you’re looking for a more sustainable solution, plant a few of your favorite herbs and let them soak up the sun from a surface in your kitchen. Because, after all, is there anything better than fresh basil sprinkled over a wood-fired pizza? (We didn’t think so.)
It’s easy for spaces to get stale. Give a new look to your living room by rearranging the furniture. Rotate around chairs and couches to make the space less about watching tv and more about carrying on great conversations. Replace your area rug with one from another room in the house. And if you’ve got a house full of art and photos of family and friends, shuffle your masterpieces from wall to wall.
This spring, get behind the phrase “out with the old, in with the new” when it comes to your bedroom. Why? Because of dead skin and dust mites (gross, we know!), experts recommend replacing your pillow every two years. When choosing the next bed for your head, look for one with a removable cover like this one that you can pop into the washer about every three weeks. P.S. don’t skimp on guest rooms—we can bet you’ll get brownie points from your mother-in-law for choosing pillows that are comfortable and clean.