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Spring cleaning Tips from the Home Experts

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Spring cleaning tips from the home experts

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Longer daylight hours are finally upon us and the sunshine is (hopefully) here to stay. But, those gorgeous warm rays are going to highlight all the dust and dirt in our homes! Time for some spring cleaning tips from the home expert team at Good Space Plans Online!

We’re going to share some of our favourite decluttering and spring cleaning tips, and how you can incorporate Spring 2020 home decor trends into your home. 

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Cleaning tips for Spring

Spring cleaning can seem like a gargantuan task so many of us avoid it! Like any big task, breaking it down into manageable chunks can make a huge difference and helps increase the likelihood that we’ll actually do it. 

Here are some of our favourite tips to make spring cleaning easier this year:

  • Declutter first: Decluttering your spaces can make a quick, noticeable difference. Seeing how much cleaner your home can be when you get rid of things you don’t need, can be a great motivator to keep tidying and cleaning! That’s why we always suggest decluttering as our first spring cleaning tip. 
  • Use a checklist: Do you love the satisfaction of crossing stuff off your to-do list? Then make a list of everything you want to clean and check it off as you go along. Here is a handy spring cleaning checklist you can start with. 
  • Break it up: If your list looks too daunting, break it into chunks. You could do a few tasks every day, do it one room at a time, or group similar cleaning tasks together. 
  • Work top to bottom: Try to clean higher areas first. This way if dust and debris fall down, you won’t have to re-clean areas you’ve already done!
  • Consider green: When possible, consider eco-friendly cleaners for your home. A steam cleaner is a great, chemical-free way to clean sofas and floors. 
  • Hire help: Who says you have to clean your own house! Hire a reputable cleaning company to clean the things you don’t want to!

When you finish any big cleaning job, reward yourself! Maybe you can go out for dinner (as a bonus this means no dirty dishes tonight). Break open a bottle of special wine. Book yourself in for a special spa treatment. But of course, the BEST reward is just walking around in a clean, clutter-free home!

And, now that your home has been tidied and cleaned, it’s time to bring the Spring inside your home. Next, we’ll look at what spring 2020 design trends we’re expecting.

Spring home decor trends for 2020

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Spring signifies rebirth and fresh starts and this year’s home decor trends are no exception. This session we’re expecting design trends that create new space for new energy and rebirth.

Here are some spring home decor trends from House Beautiful:

  • Pops of pink: Picking a bright accent colour is a great way to easily celebrate the season. This spring, we’re expecting pink to be a popular colour. It’s fresh, bright, and can be easily worked into your room as an accent pillow, throw, rug, or fun decor item. 
  • Pendant lights: Pendant lights have long been a popular home decor trend, but this season we’re going to see them in larger clusters. Perhaps you could add them around a traditional chandelier over your dining table. We’re also going to see more pendant lighting made from natural materials. 
  • Floral wallpaper and wall decals: We’re not talking tacky turn-of-the-century floral wallpaper, instead, look forward to larger floral patterns and designs. They are sure to become a great conversation piece at your next housewarming or party.
  • Neutral walls: If floral wallpaper is too loud for your style, then choose a neutral wall colour. It will stand the test of time and work with virtually any furniture and seasonal decor you bring into the room. 
  • Bird decor: Following in the natural and floral themes of Spring 2020, we’re expecting to see whimsical touches of bird-themed decor around the home. 
  • Rattan pieces: Furniture made from rattan palms add great natural-looking textures to your space. Look for Rattan furniture in either vintage or modern-looking designs based on your design style. 
  • Mixed metals: Don’t be afraid to mix different metal fixtures and hardware in your home. We’ve seen some great kitchens with miss-matched knobs and handles. To avoid too much chaos, pick either a finish, colour, or shape to be consistent, and then mix and match other qualities.

Sometimes after doing your spring cleaning, you may notice that it’s also time to buy new furniture for your home! 

We always love to support local and Canadian designers and manufacturers, so we recommend:

When you do choose to buy new furniture, be sure it can actually fit in your space. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve had people come to us saying they bought a new sofa or dresser and couldn’t get it inside their home!

To avoid this, download our free guide to ensuring a smooth furniture delivery this spring. 

And if you need help to redesign and reimagine your new home spaces, contact us to book a Good Space Plan.

Essential spring/summer moving tips for 2020

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Essential Spring Moving Tips for 2020

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Now that things are starting to open up again after the COVID-19 quarantine, many homeowners are considering moving this summer. If you are planning to move into a new home this spring or summer, now is the time to start preparing. Moving can be a challenging time with so much to do, so many vendors to coordinate, and so much cleaning and packing involved. 

Which is why we are going to share a few tips to make your spring move easier and avoid any costly moving mistakes while staying safe during COVID:

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Tip #1: Start decluttering now

Even if you move later in the Spring or Summer, a good tip is to start decluttering and tidying right now as to not overwhelm yourself later. If you’re also selling your current home, your realtor is going to ask you to do this too – less stuff in the space shows off the great things about your home!  

Start decluttering and packing away items you don’t need now, so you can do it without the pressure of time leaning on you. 

Once you’ve cleaned, what do you do with everything you no longer need or want?

  • Recycle it: Take it to a recycling center to be safely recycled.
  • Upcycle it: Can you give that dresser a new coat of paint, or turn those old tires into garden planters instead of throwing them away? (hint: Pinterest is a great place to get upcycling inspiration).
  • Give it away: If your niece has been eyeing up that family heirloom and if you no longer have room for it consider giving it to her
  • Donate it: There are many organizations that will gladly accept donations of used clothing, furniture, and household items. Hint: there are many organizations out there that are seeking donations for vulnerable people during COVID-19. 
  • Have a garage sale: Host a garage sale to get rid of unwanted stuff, make a little extra cash, and not have to worry about transporting it. Make sure to wear personal protective equipment and ensure things are being sanitized properly. 
  • Call a junk removal company: If you have lots of stuff that really can’t be given a new home, put it all together and call a junk removal company who can safely get rid of your unwanted item. 

Once you’ve decluttered, start deep cleaning your home. You can do it yourself, or hire a cleaning company that specializes in full-house cleans for moves. 

For more tips on decluttering and tidying of your home, check out this post full of spring cleaning and decluttering tips

Tip #2: Hire a moving company early

Now that things are starting to open up again, the competition to get a moving company is going to be tight. And unless you’ve got lots of kind friends with big trucks, we suggest always hiring a moving company soon! They can transport all your stuff much more efficiently and safely than your buddies…and in less time!

Hiring a moving company has great value and here are some ways to manage your costs:

  • Book a weekday move: weekends are the busiest for moving companies so if you can take a day or two off work mid-week your cheque book will thank you. 
  • Book mid-month: Most people take possession of their homes at the beginning/end of the month, so that’s when moving companies are in high demand and often raise their prices. Move mid-month to save money. 
  • Move in Spring: Spring is considered the off-season – this may work to your advantage.  so there are more deals to be had than summertime moves. 

Tip #3: Be cautious of changing spring/summer weather

Spring on the west coast of Canada is so beautiful, but it can also be unpredictable. It’s entirely possible for it to rain on your moving day! Be prepared with covers and wraps for any furniture or household items that you don’t want wet. 

Tip #4: Plan your Interior Design and Decor themes before your spring move

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Moving into a new home is a great time to elevate your new decor. Consider the style of your new home, the neighbourhood, and your personal style preferences. 

How do you elevate your decor for your home? First pick your general style (casual, formal, traditional, contemporary, minimalist…etc). Then build a Pinterest board that really inspires you. An example would be from one of our clients, Elaine Fairey, who planned her own dream living room from Pinterest. If you have a particular love for a specific geographical region or culture, then you can use it as inspiration too.

If part of your decor plan includes painting, do it before you move all your belongings and furniture in the house. Why? Because 1) it’s much easier to do it when your house isn’t full of stuff that you need to work around and cover with drop sheets, and 2) because if you don’t do it now, you’re less likely to do it later. 

Above all, remember to consider your lifestyle and how you live – pets your schedules – in your home decor plan. For example, if you choose a white, clean, and minimalistic design, will you be able to maintain it? 

Tip #5 Plan your spaces before you move 

What home decor theme(s) have you picked for your new home? We recommend creating a furniture space plan ahead of time to plan where your furniture will be best placed. It’s possible that your current furniture won’t fit the space or the vision you have for your new home. 

To help you decide whether or not to keep your existing furniture, ask yourself these three questions:

  1. Do you still like it? If it’s a piece of furniture you’ve fallen out of love with, now is the best time to find it a new home (aka donate, recycle, or toss). If you still like it, can you make it work as-is or through upcycling?
  2. Does the style work with your new decor and design vision? Often the style of your current furniture doesn’t really work with your vision for your new home. For example, you may be moving into a heritage home, and have modern pieces that would look odd in your new home. If it doesn’t fit with your new vision, consider not bringing them to your new house.
  3. Does the item actually fit in your home? Consider not just the space it will take in your house, but whether it will even fit through the door! Thankfully we’ve got a free furniture moving guide that can help you figure that out. 

Have Fun!

Moving into a new home in Spring is such an amazing time! Planning a spring or summer move? Then there are many things you can start prepping now so it’s not all left to the last minute. Start by decluttering your home. Then prepare and packing what you don’t need now. Finally, start to plan your new home decor.

If you need help to redesign and reimagine your new home spaces, contact us to book a Good Space Plan Online.

Flowers – Why they are so much more than just a pretty thing?!

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Flowers, – why are they so much more than just a pretty thing?

This time of year is always a little confusing to me, my mind and my body. My self-care practice needs to be at 100% or else I start going a little crazy. Kinda like a bear who is just starting to wake up after hibernation, or a deer learning to walk for the first time. But this state is also my favourite. As we transition into a new season we get to embrace a new life, warmer weather, maybe even a rebirth, if you may.

As our moods begin to shift from an introverted winter to a more energetic and outgoing spring, it is important to shift our homes and office spaces as well. One of the easiest ways to do this is by bringing in new life! Yes, I am giving you permission to buy all of the plants and flowers!

Why should you buy fresh flowers?

1. They freshen the air! Sure they make the room smell delicious, but they also filter the air! Some remove toxins and can even improve your sleep because they give off extra O2.

2. Brighten your space! Maybe you own your home, or maybe you are renting a space where what you are allowed to do to it is quite limited. Flowers are the easiest way to add a splash of colour without the commitment factor of painting the walls!

3. Self Care! There are so many studies on the benefits of fresh flowers, with benefits that include:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduced feelings of anxiety
  • Help with fatigue – Hello O2
  • Improved cognitive function
  • My top 3 low maintenance plants for air purification:

1.Devil’s Ivy or pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

This is my absolute favourite plant! They are harder to kill than they are to keep alive! It stays green even when left in the dark. I love this climbing beauty. 
  • Water every 7-10 days, allow the soil to dry out before watering
  • They love sunlight, but only indirectly!
  • Propagate when ready!

 

 

2. Spider Plants

These are my favourite plants for the bedroom because they filter out carbon monoxide from the air and they are very low maintenance. Plus, when the plant matures they produce “pups” which you can plant and make more plants!
  • These do really well in a hanging pot
  • They like indirect sunlight
  • They like dry soil and to be in a cooler room

 

3. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

Need I say more. These beautiful plants are great for low light spaces and, if your pot allows, this will grow extremely large. they produce beautiful white flowers!
  • To be watered weekly
  • No Direct Sunlight
  • Commit to a pot size – Whatever size you plant your Peace Lily in, –  it will grow!

The bottom line for all Plants & Flowers in your space… give them love and they will do the same.