The Clutter-Free Way I Decorate For Spring

I just love Spring.  It’s all about new beginnings, exciting possibilities and fresh starts.  I also really love decorating for Spring. Unfortunately, I have an adverse reaction to unnecessary clutter. I don’t like buying new decor that fills up my storage when I’m not using it.  I’m sure you see how this could be a problem. Thankfully, over the years I have developed some solutions to this dilemma that allow me to freshen up my decor and still keep my home (relatively) clutter free.


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Oh, how I love printables, let me count the ways. . . Seriously though, this is by far my favorite (and most cost-effective) way to change up the decor for each season or holiday. I comb through Pinterest for my favorite seasonal prints that will add that special touch to my mantle.  My frames stay the same throughout the year, I simply switch out the contents. Now of course you can buy prints to frame, but if you’re looking to save a few dollars there are tons of free printables available online. Simply search for the season or saying that you want and print them out.  Can’t get much easier than that! I also like to keep a folder of my prints handy so that I can just swap them out when the new season comes and don’t have to reprint every time. For the prints that I currently have up head over to my Pinterest board.



Versatile Pieces

I’m a multitasker by nature, so I like when my decor does double-duty too.  Try to choose pieces that can work for multiple seasons. Perhaps it's a neutral centerpiece on your table, or a beautiful bowl that can be filled with seasonally colored items.  Using consumables, like fresh apples, lemons or oranges (as in the image from Mumspiration Home) is a great way to add in some color without the clutter.  Another idea are these super cute wood words that I found a few years back. I keep the “Hello” part out almost year round and incorporate it into the rest of the decor.






Update Your Existing Decor

I recently got into a whole new crafting universe and bought myself a Cricut, which, if you’re not familiar, is a cutting machine that can  create beautiful custom labels, as well as many other fun projects.  I have found that adding a few well placed decals to the existing decor is a great way to add a little personality without adding more physical clutter to your home.  For instance, I’ve loved adding a few little details and lettering to some of the plant pots. You can even add a cute saying to your mirrors or windows!

Throw Pillow Covers

I’m actually not a big throw pillow person but I do see the appeal.  Mainly I stay away from them because my kids will just incorporate them into some fort that they are building and then they end up all over the floor and I have to wash them.  However, if you don’t have the same qualms then they are a great way to add some color and fun to a room. Another way to cut down on the clutter and expense here is to swap out pillow covers instead of the actual pillows.  Having just the covers means less stuff to store from season to season and if you want to get really clever you can fold up the ones that you’re not using and place them inside the current pillow cover!


Decorate Strategically

I find that it can really help to pick a few spots to decorate seasonally.  I really like to “feel it” as soon as I walk through the door so I tend to focus on the entrance and the first room people see as they come in. Perhaps you prefer the room you spend the most time in, like the kitchen, or family room. Do what works for you!  Even a few strategically placed seasonal tea towels can make a huge difference. Either way the goal here is to not get too decor crazy.








What are your favorite ways to decorate for Spring? Let me know in the comments!  

The Best Clutter-Free Gift Guide

As seen in Huffington Post

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While snow, mistletoe and all things holly and jolly may put a smile on other people's faces, it triggers a twinge of anxiety in me.  I really don’t like clutter.  Obviously.  And with all of the great family time that the winter holidays bring comes the influx of new items into our house.  

We have a bit of a double whammy in our home.  We celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas.  Can you say present overload?!  That’s why it is especially important to have a plan going in.

I think that the key to staying organized during this time is to try to slow down the inpouring of new items and then develop a strategy to deal with all of the crap, oops, I mean presents, that you accumulate over the holidays.  Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not all scrooge-like about Christmas, I love buying gifts for my family and friends, I love seeing their faces when I’ve managed to get them exactly what they wanted, and I even like receiving gifts sometimes (as long as it is exactly what I wanted without me having to tell you what to buy!).  But I also like to have alternatives to traditional gifts.  Here are some of my favorite ways to spread cheer without clutter:

The Gift of Time

Offer to take this person out for lunch or a movie.  Maybe a double manicure or pedicure is more up your alley.  Set a time and date to actually do this and then follow through. I can almost hear your objections through the computer right now: “I want them to have something to open!”  Wrap up a few emery boards, or a box of popcorn with a note explaining the gift.  You really have the opportunity to get creative here (this, of course, assumes that you want to spend time with the person in question, if you don’t then maybe you shouldn’t be exchanging gifts in the first place!)  

I like applying this strategy to kids as well.  Make a cute gift certificate promising a meal out at their favorite restaurant with Mom and/or Dad,  a grandparent, aunt or uncle, etc. (I have some free printables you can customize here.)  Other ‘gift of time’ ideas are: family movie night (they pick the movie and snacks), an indoor picnic with their favorite food, a few hours at the mall with you where they can pick a present (set a budget!) and grab ice cream, go spend $30 at a local arcade, get artsy and paint a ceramic together, spend a morning at their favorite zoo or museum.  They key to this is really to zero in on what they love to do and let them have that super important one-on-one time with you.


Giving someone an experience may be a good option if you don’t live in the same city, or you want them to be able to do something on their own schedule (and not necessarily with you!).  Essentially you will be buying them a gift certificate but the intention is more for them to go do something rather than buy something.  Every city has it’s own fun local things to do, but here are some ideas; day pass to an amusement park, a local museum or zoo, cooking class (in-home or at a restaurant), indoor trampoline places, massage, spa day, fancy car rental for a day, water park, ziplining, the list goes on and on.  Try to think of what they would love to do and let them experience it. You can check out some more ideas here  and here (no affiliation).


I mean, c’mon, who doesn’t like to eat?  I love getting food as a gift.  I eat it, it’s gone, no clutter!  I know what you’re thinking, that the holidays are already filled with so much good food that no one could possibly need more.  And I totally get that, but, 1. It doesn’t have to be junk food and 2. You don’t necessarily have to give it at that moment.

Subscription boxes are all the rage right now, you can do a one-time gift, or choose for the recipient to get them for a few months.  They offer everything from meat, to meals to coffee and tea to wine and hard liquor.  There are so many choices.  Here are a few places that list different boxes (and they ship to Canada, eh):

If you want a more DIY approach (and more budget friendly) than you can put together your own box of deliciousness.  A “make-your-own-sundae” kit is always fun: bowl cones, sprinkles, caramel sauce, you get the picture.  As long as you don’t include the ice cream you'll be good to go.

Have a favorite cookie recipe? You can put all the dry ingredients in a cute mason jar with instructions.  Do a homemade hot cocoa mix in a holiday-themed tin.  As always, my go to for all things DIY is Pinterest, so head over there if you need some more inspiration.

Shared Gifts

This is one category I would reserve for kids or couples, because not everyone likes (or wants) to share.  But it is a great way to give a real, tangible gift without adding too much clutter.  For children you could buy a new puzzle, board game or art kit.  Look for something that they can both participate in and would be encouraged to do together.

Depending on the adults you’re buying for you could go a similar route, though I would opt for a slightly harder puzzle or game (maybe not Candyland for instance).  You could also get something for their home that is personalized: notepads, a new wine rack, luxurious new towels, a plant they can care for together.  Try to think of their common interests and build on that.

Good luck with your holiday shopping & Happy Organizing!