Maintaining your garden might be one of the last things on your to-do list but as the weather starts to warm up, giving this area a spruce up will offer you a space that you’ll be able to enjoy this summer. If you haven’t naturally got a green thumb, there are still some things you can do to make tidying your exterior spaces a breeze. Small steps over time can help to keep your garden from becoming a huge chore, so take a look at some handy tips to make looking after your green spaces simple.
Giving your home a spring clean can be a daunting task, so the key to getting everything done quickly and effectively is preparation. Simplifying the process and putting a plan together will help you achieve a gleaming house in no time.
The snowdrops are out, and the birds are once again waking you before your alarm clock. The days of hibernating inside are coming to an end - which means the time to clear out and clean up is here again!
Clutter is one of the greatest scourges of domestic existence. Whether accidentally or on purpose, we go through our lives amassing stuff we don’t need, and our homes become increasingly miserable, claustrophobic and difficult to keep clean because we’re not decisive enough to do the charity shop run.
Spring has sprung, and Easter is nearly upon us, so what better time to give your home a fresh and fun look that’s fit for the holidays. Easter is a great way to incorporate cute accessories and seasonal furnishings into your interiors, plus if you have kids, it offers them a chance to add a little touch of fun to the theme.
It’s officially spring and what better way to celebrate the new season than by taking part in a big spring clean. Following on from our Spring Cleaning Guide, it’s not just your home that could use a little attention this month.
With snow and ice covering the country for most of March, it seems like it has been a long time coming but, the much-awaited Easter break is finally upon us.
There’s nothing quite like finishing work on Maundy Thursday with a whole four day weekend stretching out before you. For many, the first bank holiday of the year means a much-needed getaway and, for others, a simple relaxing break at home and a few beers in the sunshine, with the luxury of a Monday morning lie-in.
Now that spring is here, our thoughts are turning more and more to the outdoors. While sunny days and long evenings are still a long way off, getting the most out of your garden in summer means putting the work in ahead of time. This is our handy guide to getting your garden ready for summer, so roll up your sleeves, dig out your trowel, and let’s get out in the fresh air.
As the new season approaches, it’s always a great time to clear out the clutter and give your home a spring spruce up. Whether you are in rented accommodation or own a property, taking the time to give both the interior a freshen up is great for bringing the house back to life after the dreary winter months.
Springtime brings with it the promise of warm weather and sunshine, and presents the perfect opportunity to get out into the garden after a cold and snowy winter. But what jobs should you be doing in the garden in spring?
Although you may still have half a turkey in the fridge - and may still be finding glitter on just about everything you touch - Christmas is officially over for another year. Before you recycle all those cards and get your glad rags ready for New Year’s Eve, there are a few things you can do to make sure that your home is ready for 2019 too.
For many of us, Christmas means entertaining and, sometimes, overnight guests and, the departure of those guests can often leave your home looking like a hurricane’s hit it. During the dip between Christmas and New Year, take the opportunity to strip the bedding from the spare room and pop it into the wash while you turn the room back into your office, sewing room or spare wardrobe.
Although we’re still officially within the 12 days of Christmas, this is a good time to tone down the decorations - particularly if your festive decor is ‘enthusiastic’. During this time, many people like to take down most of their decorations, leaving just the tree for a bit of sparkle to see them into the new year. Packing away the bulk of the decorations and ornaments now means that there’ll be less to do in the new year when you’re back at work.
Although you may be in a chocolate and mince pie induced coma and, the last thing you feel like doing is cleaning, giving your home a bit of a freshen up is a great way to start a new year. While you’re throwing out yards of wrapping paper and recycling cracker jokes, set aside a couple of hours to tackle the cleaning jobs you put off because you were too busy with the Christmas shopping (and celebrating).
Once your tree and decorations are put away, it may feel that your home looks a little bare. Invest in some colourful plants to replace them and add a cheerful touch for the year to come.
That’s not ‘do it in the new year’ but, ‘do it now yourself’. Inbetween Christmas and New Year, you no longer have to entertain Granny or play endless rounds of Trivial Pursuit so, this is the perfect time to do those niggling DIY projects that you never got around to in 2018.
If you can’t bear to throw away the Christmas cards once the season is over, try making a memory board by sticking the cards, along with some of your Christmas photographs, onto a board and framing it. You can then add this to your festive decorating the following year.
Despite what they say about resolutions, most of us can’t help making them. This year, give yourself a helping hand by creating a new year home calendar and, for each month, mark a job or project that you’ll do for your home. Tasking yourself with one project a month is a lot less overwhelming than trying (and failing) to do everything at once.
As the year comes to an end and, a new one approaches, take some time to pamper your home ready to relax in during those cold January nights
The 20th March marks the first day of spring, and although the weather may not represent a glorious spring day, it’s never been a better time to address those jobs around the house. Tackling a spring clean isn’t just great for your home; it’s also beneficial for your health too. Decluttering has been reported to re-energise you and relieve feelings of anxiety and stress. A deep clean is also ideal for those that suffer from allergies, as dust and impurities can aggravate symptoms.
Now that the snow of early March has thawed and the mornings are getting lighter, it’s time to welcome the new season and embrace new ideas for the home.
With warmer weather just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to get out in the garden. However, when you’re renting you may sometimes feel a little uninspired to spruce the area up as you can’t make significant changes. Renting shouldn’t stop you from making the space your own, and with just a few new ideas, you could transform your garden quickly.
So Christmas is over, the weather outside is cold and gloomy, and the long months of late winter don’t promise much to look forward to. No wonder then, that January is a time when many people start to get spring cleaning urges. When everything seems dark and gloomy, freshening up the home can really bring some cheer and light back into daily life.