Spring cleaning tips from the home experts

Spring-cleaning

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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Iona Drive Project

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 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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Good Space Plans Online – Iona Drive

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.

11 Ways To Make Your Bedroom The Perfect Relaxation Room

Ever since I was a kid, my bedroom was my kingdom and my sanctuary. My bed becomes an island oasis in the sea of life’s complexities. 

My favourite thing to do in my home is to take refuge in my bed. I use this time to read, watch TV or meditate and just sit in silence. I’ve invested in soft linens, duvet and even an inclining bed to make my room the Ferrari of comfort. I’ve even hung out with my friends in my bedroom because everyone enjoys how cozy this room has become. 

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My favourite thing to do in my home is to get cozy in my bed where I read, watch TV or sometimes just sit in silence. My super soft bedding and my inclining bed make it the Ferrari of all beds for reading or watching TV. I even hang out in my bed with friends and watch TV because it’s such a cozy room. ~JP. Good Space Design

As a home designer I am always surprised when clients think their bedroom is the least important room in their house. Not only do you spend a third of your life sleeping, but you begin and end your day in your bedroom (and yes open loft living is still counted as your bedroom). Wouldn’t you want this space where you go to sleep and wake up to nurture you and fuel you before you head out the door and into your busy life?

Creating a space that promotes calmness, physical intimacy, good sleep and overall rejuvenation is vital to your happiness, good health and good performance. It can even contribute to your everyday success. 

How can you create a bedroom sanctuary? The following is a list to create a perfect sleep environment which coincidentally produces a perfect climate for all the other important bedroom activities.

11 Ways To Make Your Bedroom The Perfect Sanctuary:

1. Privacy

If at all possible have a door on your bedroom, ideally with a lock. The sense of your own private realm is very powerful. A door also helps with controlling sound and temperature, children and pets….

2. Mattress

The perfect bed has a mattress that is comfortable for you. It is personal and never wrong if it fits your body and gives you a good night sleep. How often to replace the mattress is always up to you. When it isn’t comfortable any more – change it. Take good care of it, if the manufacturer says rotate it then do that. Keep it covered with a good dust mite resistant mattress pad. Don’t complain about your mattress, get a new one.

3. Pillows

Pillows are important for good sleeping posture, and if you find you’re constantly scrunching it and folding it to get a better sleep then it is time to buy a new one. Consider whether you want a soft pillow, such as a down, or a firm one, such as cotton or latex. Synthetic and polyester are less expensive and will need replacing more frequently. Look at the fill power of a pillow to see how long it will last. A 600 fill is the sign of a high quality synthetic or down filled pillow. Memory foam is excellent for conforming to your individual shape, however can retain more heat. If you get hot easily, this may not be the right one for you. To learn more about pillows, read this handy guide to pick the right one for you.

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Seymour Street Bedroom Pillows from Good Space Portfolio.

4. Sheets

Get two sets of sheets and pillowcases that feel good on your skin. Silk sheets are more than luxurious feel, they also have many beauty and health benefits for the skin. Naturally hypoallergenic, silk repels various environmental allergens. And, while cotton fibers absorb oils and creams from your face, silk repels moisture, allowing your skin to keep the natural oils on your skin. Silk also naturally regulates your body temperature, allowing you to feel more comfortable for a good night’s sleep. 

5. Duvets

Duvets are better than comforters, mostly because the covers can be washed often. Select a duvet that is perfect for you. At Good Space we are frequently faced with couple sleeping problems, such as our clients Thrasher and Stillness, who share a king size bed. For them we chose two extra-long twin width duvets in simple duvet covers. Each of them has their own duvet and peace prevails. We covered the whole bed with a beautiful coverlet that conceals the two separate duvets. If you share your bed with a hottie or a chilly you can actually have your duvet in a half and half format. The duvet is lighter on one side for the hottie and heavier on the other for the chilly.  Put this duvet in a beautiful soft cover and nobody knows except you!

6. Decorations

Anyone who looks at our portfolio will see that we do put decorative pillows on beds. However, I believe they should be kept to a minimum and ideally have a purpose, like hiding the wrinkly sleeping pillows. Anything else should be there to make you happy, like a beautiful fabric or a colour that delights you. Ideally, it doesn’t take you long to make or unmake your bed.

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Connaught Drive Bedroom. From the Good Space Design Portfolio.

7. Temperature

A cool dark room is optimum for good sleeping. Window treatments are a great way to do this, and lined drapes are the perfect window treatment for bedrooms. They are ideal for diminishing acoustics in a room and fantastic insulators and light controllers. If you get lots of sun during the day close them before you leave home. This helps keep the room cool during the day. 

8. Colour

Consider which colours make you feel the most serene. Colours that appear in nature can be warm like driftwood or cool like the winter sky. What is a shade that you relate to? That relaxes you? Choose a paint palette to express your desired outcome in your bedroom. 

For instance, soothing neutrals, such as ivory, taupe, grey and white can be complemented with splashes of colour in bedding, carpeting and artwork. Peaceful pastels, such as soft blues, lavenders, pinks and greens can create a watery coastal retreat. Or if you want to express passion and energy, consider dark greens, reds, or corals. Be careful if choosing a dark palette, as navy and black can make a room feel extra small. Also, be creative as not every wall needs to be the same colour. One wall can be your accent while the others are a lighter colour.

9. Lighting

The best bedrooms have great light control. You can manage the natural light with window treatments and the rest you do with fixtures. Put a dimmer on every switch that controls a light fixture in your bedroom. Great bedside lamps are important whether you read in bed or not. Choose dimmable lamps or add a cord dimmer. Lamps on dimmers are great for creating ambiance. Include an accessible outlet or extension cord or power bar by each side of the bed. It makes life so much easier for clocks and charging devices. If your lamps don’t come dimmable, put your bedside lamps on a cord like the Dimma cord dimmer switch from Ikea.

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Gordon Ave Bedroom featuring what we consider the perfect bedside lamp, the Holtkötter 6469 on either side of bed. From Good Space Design Portfolio.

10. Order

If you have piles of junk, dirty laundry or work stuff piled in your room then you are creating chaos in your sacred space that will cause a ripple effect in your wellbeing. Create a system or hire a professional organizer or a good interior designer to create order in your bedroom. 

Lack of storage is the frequent lament we hear from our Good Space clients. Thankfully, storage systems are in abundance now and products like lift storage beds that used to be a pricy custom option are now offered at most furniture retailers. The growing awareness in the value of order combined with smaller living spaces has driven furniture manufacturers to respond to the demand. Check out the Malm from Ikea for just under $400.

11. The Elephant In The Room…

The debate about a TV in the bedroom is one we meet often in our work in residential interior design. I encourage people to limit their use of screen entertainment in their bedroom, including the TV, phone, iPad and electronic reading. I believe the bedroom is a place of intimacy and peacefulness and a TV can destroy the connection to your quieter self and whoever is with you in your bedroom. As for device reading in bed, the news is not good. There are an increasing number of studies concluding that reading on a tablet, smartphone or other device before bed is not only detrimental to your nights sleep but can affect your overall health. For more on this check out this article on reading before bed from the Huffington Post.

Your Sanctuary and Your Success

When designing a bedroom I want to create a space that nurtures the people who will use that room. Once the functional aspects are met, layering in the surface textures and art that enrich and fill the souls of my clients is deeply gratifying. Our goal is to make a bedroom your place of refuge, and one that promotes calmness, physical intimacy and good night’s sleep for overall rejuvenation. A place to begin and end your day with success.

Let us help you with your bedroom design. Contact us for a free estimate.

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