1. First impressions are everything. Sweep the porch and walk, removing any remnants of winter weather, and add something blooming down low or hanging. Spruce up your front door — things like a fresh coat of paint, a new knocker or even a shiny knob work wonders. Maybe a seasonal wreath with color, brings a smile as you enter.

2. Refresh your walls with vibrant colors. Pick a room in your home and designate it the “summer room.” Repaint, refresh and rejuvenate the walls with a luscious, incredible hue found in a vibrant summer bloom. Muted yellows, soft blues and vibrant greens are great choices.

3. Recycle fabrics and textiles. Lighten up any room by trading heavy fabrics for light and airy ones. In the living room, for example, take down your old drapes and replace them with an open weave such as chiffon or organza. Change out dark throw pillows and slipcovers by adding crisp white, a bright solid or even modern, floral patterns.

4. Clean up your kitchen cabinets. A good wipe down of all exterior and maybe even the interior. Next step, spruce up cabinets with a fresh coat of paint or stain, or simply remove the doors for a truly European-style kitchen. .

5. Declutter for a quick makeover. Just like little squirrels, we hunker down and store our goods during the winter. But come spring, your home can get cluttered with knickknacks, heavy blankets and bulky furniture. Put some of it away in storage. Larger, clutter-free spaces create the impression of a bigger house.

6. Let the sun shine in. Strategic placement of a mirror can add an enormous amount of natural light in your home. If possible, hang a large mirror in the living room directly where the sun beams in. In addition to bouncing light, it creates virtual space and overall appeal to a small room.

7. Follow the three R’s: refurbish, repaint, recycle. Being eco-friendly takes simple smarts and small steps. By reusing items such as old furniture, frames and artwork, you can make your own contribution to saving our planet — while saving money.