With spring arriving this weekend, these steps will help put winter behind you and make your home bright, fresh and airy.

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This weekend marks the start of spring, so now is the time to prepare your home for the warmer months ahead.

Here are five tips to help put winter behind you and make your home bright, fresh and airy for spring.

Get clean. Consider giving your home a top-to-bottom overhaul. The end of winter is also a good time to scrub items that may be cleaned less regularly in your home, such as the refrigerator.

Make fixes. Repairs, both inside and out, may have been placed on the back burner when the weather turned cold. Now is the perfect time to take on household improvement projects before the weather gets too warm. The transition from winter to spring is also a time when you won’t encounter as many bugs and mosquitos.

Add color. Spring and color go hand in hand. Take a look around your home and determine ways in which you can use color more purposefully.

Purge. Out with the old and in with the new. Get rid of items that are hogging your closets or cluttering your home — they can have a negative impact on your ability to truly enjoy your home. The end of winter is a great time to toss or donate items you no longer need.

Treat yourself. Why not infuse life into a room by adding a new accent or furniture piece to your home? Purchasing a new item for your home may serve as the ideal spring pick-me-up. That item can be anything that inspires you, such as lighting, artwork, a rug, or accessories and accents such as pillows, throws and vases.

Cathy Hobbs is an interior designer and Emmy Award-winning television host. Contact her at info@cathyhobbs.com.