I love the springtime desire to go through and to give your home new life. Even when the weather is still too cold to frolic outside barefoot or go outside without a jacket, there exists an urge to prepare our homes for the inevitable change. It’s a blessing in disguise that the weather’s not yet cooperating, or else we’d just be outside full time, neglecting to give our homes the attention they so desperately need.
One space I’m constantly needing to “update” and declutter is our laundry room. The need is even more present during the transition from winter to spring. Our laundry room functions as our laundry room, mud room, and our entryway. It sees a lot of action. By the time February rolls around, it’s housing 4 sets of snow pants and jackets, 4 pairs of snow boots, what feels like 100 gloves/mittens/hats/scarves, etc. Plus all the usual stuff: laundry room supplies, basket of dirty laundry, boxes for recycling, etc.
Most guests enter through our back door, which means as soon as they enter our door they are in the thick of one of our most-lived spaces. Our family walks through this doorway constantly throughout the day. This room tends to be full to the brim, a catch all for everything I don’t know what to do with, and is in need of perpetual vacuuming.
I feel like it’s a constant struggle to keep this room uncluttered and welcoming, but it’s an ever-present desire. I want all who enter through our side door to immediately feel welcomed. To have a spot to hang their coat. To see fresh flowers. And to feel a sense of organization and calm. So, to that end, I just gave the laundry room a little spring refresh, and wanted to share 5 ways to update or refresh your laundry room (or mud room or entryway) this spring!
1. Hang [new] artwork.
Artwork doesn’t have to be expensive, and it’s amazing how simply switching out your art (or hanging art in general) can spruce up a room.
My incredible intern, Adriana, and I worked on these modern illustrated herb prints earlier this year, and I’m so thrilled to be making them available as a free download to YOU, in both 8 1/2″ x 11″ and 11″ x 14″! We chose four of our favorite herbs – marjoram, lavender, rosemary, and chamomile – and Adriana beautifully illustrated these drawings. Then we paired them with a simple, modern font, labeling the herbs, including their meaning.
I printed these out on my home printer, at almost no cost. These simple gold frames are from Target. I also printed a set of the larger size, and have one in my living room! You could also print locally, or online, for better quality! I’m just so, so excited to have this new art up in my home and to make it available to you! Download it here!
2. Deep clean.
This might seem obvious, but it’s so important! In order to deep clean, you have to declutter and basically empty a room. Then you start at the ceilings and work your way down. Remove cobwebs and wash the walls (at least a spot check), if needed. Make windows sparkly clean. Scrub your doors! Our doors had grimy little finger prints all over them and I hardly ever noticed, until I was down on my hands and knees scrubbing away! Wash the baseboards and the floor. Shake out rugs. Clean off your washer and dryer. And of course, give the room a thorough visit from the vacuum! And don’t put anything back into the room unless it has a designated spot and you will be using it this season!
3. Put away heaviest winter coats, excess hats/gloves/scarves/boots/shoes.
Although you might still need to access a few jackets this time of year, you’re probably safe to start stowing away the heavy snow gear. Box them back up and place them in your storage space. This will immediately make your entryway feel so bright and empty! We kept out one warm coat per person, plus rain jackets and boots, and 1 hat and 1 pair of gloves/mittens. All the spares and heaviest things went into storage.
We have two places in our laundry room that corral shoes. Whatever doesn’t fit in these two places (the girls each have a metal basket, and Joe and I put our shoes under the bench) goes into the bedroom closet (or attic).
4. Put out fresh flowers.
Flowers seriously brighten up any space, and they’re such a wonderful way to say WELCOME to guests! I don’t usually have flowers in our laundry room, but I’m going to try to remember to keep some out there from now on. When I have flowers out (on the dining room table, in the laundry room, on the side table in the living room), it helps to remind me to keep that area of the home tidy. When I look at the flowers, I want to see order & beauty, not chaos and mess. So, my number 1 secret to keeping house: put flowers everywhere. 😉
My new favorite way to display flowers: put them in a basket bag and hang on the coat rack! My little flower hack: place a rain boot in the basket bag. Then place your pitcher or vase of water into the boot to keep it from tipping over. Then fill with flowers. Enjoy!
5. Rearrange items on display.
We have one decorative coat rack, and one functional coat rack. After the initial “styling”, the decorative coat rack inevitably ends up holding a random collection of items from around the house. It helps to remove everything from the coat rack and then intentionally rearrange. For spring, I decided on a few lighter, more summery items: a favorite vintage watering can, the basket bag full of fresh flowers, a linen market bag, my current wardrobe staple: Clyde Vest. The simple rearrangement of items can update the mood in your entryway and communicate beauty and an intentional celebration of the seasons.
I hope this simple list helps you to brighten up your entryway this spring! And don’t forget to download your own set of illustrated herb prints for your walls!
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