How we're getting our homes spring ready without costing the earth

With Spring in full swing here in London, and many of us spending an unprecedented time at home (anyone else starting to feel convinced they dreamt pubs up?), there’s never been a better time to spruce up your home. It may not be the ideal time to swap out your sofa or give the bedroom walls a fresh lick of paint, but here are a few small tricks for a spring refresh to make your home a little more comfortable.

1. Declutter

Okay, so we know you may not be able to donate your old clothing and items at the moment, but there’s nothing stopping you from giving your wardrobe a once over and getting those unloved items ready to be shipped off to a better home.

One of our favourite ways of donating unwanted clothing is by dropping it into one of the many Traid clothing banks dotted around the city. Traid have second hand clothing shops around London and usually offer an at home collection service, which is currently suspended due to Covid-19. Their approach to clothing waste is to ensure every garment possible is reused or recycled, and the profits they collect from their stores is invested into global projects aiming to improve working practices and conditions in the textile industry.

2. Spring clean

We may be hyper aware of the germs outside of our home, but what about the ones in our home, and those we bring back with us after grocery runs? Team Twiin’s secret weapon for an eco friendly all purpose cleaner is white vinegar, perfect for a good old fashioned spring clean up. Vinegar is antibacterial and known to give a great shine to glass surfaces (such as long neglected windows), it can also be infused with orange peels which are antimicrobial. With it’s simple, all natural ingredients, this combination is perfect for wiping down the fridge and getting into the backs of food cupboards. Be sure to swap out the usual paper towels, which aren’t so great for the planet, for cleaning cloths. If you don’t have any cloths handly, you can make your own by repurposing damaged clothing like ripped t-shirts. This combo guarantees your spring cleaning to be eco friendly


3. Good smells

So, you’ve cleared out your wardrobe and disinfected the entire house? It’s time to relax. One luxury we’ve been loving is our collection of candles, allowing us to set the mood for the day. During the week whilst our bedrooms become makeshift offices, we love to reach for the Malibu candle by Flowerboy Project. The top note of coconut creates a fresh, holiday inspired scent which is perfect for a sunny spring day. In the evenings we swap this out for one of these Boy Smells trio of scents The Kush, Ash, Cedar Stack. One of Boy Smells’ very first scents was created as an experiment in the founder’s home, proving that even in these confines we can still tap into creative energy. Founder, Matthew Herman, says "Scent can be a great tool to break up the monotony of the day by awakening your senses" and we couldn’t agree more.


4. Add Art

Another luxury we can’t resist is the addition of some new spring homeware to brighten up our space. Changing out pillowcases, adding some fun art pieces and the addition of plants or flowers can really help to bring the outside in and spark a little decor joy. This month one of the team started his very own living room gallery wall with one of the Kaplan Twins prints in “Is it la croix?”. Their tongue-in-cheek prints are ideal for those of us looking for some art pieces that don’t take themselves too seriously, we’re obsessed! FYI if you’re renting, we’ve had great experiences hanging framed prints with command strips.

We understand that we’re all going through something that we would never imagine we would face, but we hope that you’re all focusing on the positives we can find in this difficult time. It’s important to only be as productive as you feel comfortable with, remember that quarantine is not a competition! Nonetheless we hope our spring clean up tips help those of you who are looking to invest time and energy into their homes.

May 18, 2020 — Ana Carnu