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EAST COAST MOMMY: Spring forward with home projects

Make your own colourful umbrella vase this spring.
Make your own colourful umbrella vase this spring. - Gina Bell

Get organized, get crafty and enjoy

There is something about spring that makes people want to organize their homes and lighten up their decor. Spring cleaning is definitely a priority this time of year, but tackling all of the mess that has accumulated over the winter can be overwhelming. I find it best to break large tasks into smaller parts and spring cleaning is no exception.

The first step is to get rid of clutter. Donate, dispose of or sell anything you no longer use or need. You’ll be amazed at how good you will feel passing things on to people who can use them — and how little you will miss the things you have gotten rid of.

Depending on the age of your children, you can get them involved in this process, too. It can be difficult for little ones to let go of toys, so it may be helpful to dispose of their things in stages. For example, pack away toys they haven’t played with lately and put the box out of sight. If they ask for a missing toy, dig it out for them and after a month, donate or sell whatever is left in the box.

The next step is to organize everything that is left over. Everything should have a place and everyone, including the kids, should know where that place is. Use shelves, bins, baskets and labels. Make sure to pack away anything that is out of season and label it well so that it is easy to find when you need it again.

The final step is a deep clean. Start by making a list of the things you want to clean and check them off as you have the opportunity to complete each task. Take your time so that you don’t get overwhelmed and stressed out.

Once everything is clean, it’s time to update your home’s decor for spring. Painting a room is an easy and inexpensive way to transform the look of a space. You may also want to consider adding colour to an interior door, which can make a big impact with a small amount of effort. I recently painted the interior of my front door blue and I love it!

Throw pillows, linens and accessories can also be used to freshen up a room for spring. They are inexpensive and easily changed, so the commitment level is low and, therefore, a great way to incorporate trends.

Integrating a DIY project is another way to customize a space and add a personal touch. I love to create something unique for the front door of my house. A yarn-wrapped monogram in spring colours or a grapevine wreath embellished with dollar store flowers are both great options.

Another wonderful project that is perfect for people who don’t consider themselves crafty is an umbrella vase filled with flowers. I love hanging this cheerful display on my front door this time of year. Simply turn a dollar store umbrella upside down, fill it with fake spring flowers and tie it with a ribbon to hold it all together. This adorable piece of spring decor takes less than five minutes and less than $10 to make.

How are you embracing the warmer temperatures and longer days that come with spring? Get organized, get crafty and enjoy!

Gina Bell is a writer, blogger and busy mom of three boys. She has contributed to several blogs and major publications, including Disney’s Family Fun Magazine, Canadian Living and CBC Kids. Her blog,, is full of fantastic ideas for easy and inexpensive family fun.

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