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    45 Clever Hacks That'll Make It Feel Like Spring *Inside* Even If It's Still Cold *Outside*

    Keep the spring spirit alive all year long, no matter what the weather looks like outside.

    1. Keep some room spray on hand so your apartment can give off the unmistakably floral smell of a fresh spring day instead of the stuffy, musty aroma of a winter that's overstayed its welcome and *will not* take a hint. This stuff comes in a variety of spring-y scents like tulip, rose, carnation, eucalyptus, wild mint, lavender, lemongrass, and more!

    The rose room spray

    Promising review: "This is not that nasty, fake-rose smell. It really does smell like roses, in a good way. I spritz it liberally on sheets and towels when I take them out of the dryer and store them in the linen closet. When I use them a few days or a week later, the scent is light and sweet, very pleasant. Highly recommended for rose lovers." —A reader

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in 12 scents, two combos, and three sizes). 

    2. Cover your windows with a prismatic window film that'll fill your home with gorgeous rainbow reflections when the sun pours through it so you can pretend you're living inside the aftermath of a refreshing spring rainstorm.

    Gif of light shining through the film causing rainbow patterns
    Reviewer image of rainbow reflection on the stairs

    Read BuzzFeeder editor Rebecca O'Connell's full write-up on this rainbow window film.

    Promising review: "This window film is just STUNNING! I used it for the bottom half of my windows on my main floor for added privacy, so I don’t always have to keep my curtains closed! I wasn’t expecting all the beautiful colors the film presents throughout the day. It’s like having crystal prisms all over the house and it changes from minute to minute! Applying it is also very easy, I recommend getting the application kit that is recommended by Amazon." —Stacy M. Ambrose

    Get it from Amazon for $10.98+ (available in seven sizes).

    3. Add some sunny vibes to your space with a light-up sculpture or sun-shaped mirror to help you feel better on dreary, chilly days.

    4. Disguise boring storage as fun decor with a cotton swab-coralling flower here to bring the springtime spirit into your bathroom.

    It's also great for toothpicks!

    Promising review: "I love this little holder. I have two in black and green! You can remove the little florets to make room for more cotton swabs. Do not overload this thing, or you will struggle with getting it out. I only fill about 10 at a time. This may not be ideal for people with a large household, but I don't mind refilling it weekly. I usually put about 10 swabs in. I like that it keeps my cotton swabs sanitary with the domed lid. Looks very cute on the countertop!" —ag.fabozzi

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in five colors).

    5. Swap out your bedding for a gorgeous and breathable botanical comforter set if you wanna ensure that your space truly ~blossoms~ all year long.

    Vintage botanical bedding with white base color

    This includes two pillow shams and one duvet cover.

    Promising review: "Usually I would go to a cheap store like Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, or Ross for a bed-in-a-bag set. I looked on Amazon because I wanted the convenience of just ordering it, but I really wanted to get something with a pattern I liked (that would last a long time/not go out of style) so I was on the market for a while. This exceeds all of my expectations! I washed it directly out of the box and it is soft, lightweight but still covering, and so beautiful! I am comfortable bleaching this comforter and would definitely buy it again. I never want to leave my bed!" —Brandalin

    Get it from Amazon for $61.99+ (available in five sizes).

    6. Or switch to a leafy duvet in case a burst of green in your bedroom will help you fight those winter blues that are still lingering.

    The duvet on a bed
    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "I get so many compliments when people see my room. It goes well with the theme I have going on. I would definitely recommend someone to invest in this because it is not only cute, but comfortable on my sensitive skin." — Lynn152020

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $49+ (available in two sizes).

    7. Keep your plants in rainy pots so you can get those April showers a-flowin' no matter what month it is.

    Model pouring water into the cloud, which trickles into the plant like rain

    Promising review: "I have purchased several sets of these. I have them hanging in my office and have referred friends to this link and they have purchased the set too. Great present for teachers!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $18.99 (available in two colors).

    8. And invest in an indoor watering can to make quenching the thirst of all your plant babies feel a little more like strolling through a beautiful spring garden.

    Model holding the indoor watering can in green

    Promising review: "This is my ideal watering can for my small apartment full of small plants. The design is beautiful without being overwrought, it's compact enough to sit in a small space on a shelf, and the capacity is generous enough to water several plants before refilling. It also maneuvers easily under a small tap, like in a standard bathroom sink, for easier filling." —L. Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in three colors).

    9. Fill your space with the refreshing smell of May showers thanks to a thunderstorm candle that nails the aroma of petrichor, which is what scientists call the smell that occurs when rain falls on dry soil. The famously complex scent is tough to reproduce due to the variety of factors that can contribute to it (plants, oils, bacteria, and even lightning!), but reviewers say this candle comes astoundingly close.

    The thunderstorm candle
    Dio Candle Company

    Dio Candle Company is a Denver, Colorado-based small business run by married couple Natasha and Michael Dio.

    Promising review: "This candle smell exactly like petrichor, that early scent when the rain hits the ground, and I’ve been searching for that smell everywhere because is a hard scent to catch on a candle. This is now my favorite scented candle, I bought the small version just to see if it really gives me that early rainy scent and it does, so I will be purchasing the big one." —Yaritza

    Get it from Dio Candle Company on Etsy for $22.49+.

    10. Protect your laptop with a colorful keyboard cover — it'll delight your eyes with spring colors on those days when you wish you could be hanging out in the sun instead of working at your desk.

    the rainbow keyboard cover on a 13-inch macbook

    The cover is compatible with 13- to 17-inch MacBook Pros released between 2010 and 2017 as well as first-generation iMac wireless keyboards.

    Promising review: "This is just as pretty as in the pictures! It adheres beautifully to the keyboard, feels great under my fingers (thin and good texture), and is a MUST for preventing dust and spills where you least want them. I'm delighted with it!" —KPW

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in eight colors).

    11. And if you're looking to do give your bookshelf a spring refresh, try arranging by color to brighten up your room with pops of vibrant hues.

    books organized by color

    12. Decorate your fridge and other metal surfaces with adorable magnets like butterflies, ladybugs, and clouds, so you'll feel like spring has finally sprung every time you look their way.

    13. And add some fake succulent and flower magnets to really get the spring feeling going if your home is sadly short on real plants.

    14. Drown out the obnoxious street noise in your neighborhood with the sounds of a relaxing spring day *for free* simply by queuing up nature sound videos on Youtube! Check out this 11-hour long one of birds and spring forest sounds or this eight-hour one that features the sound of water and birds along with a calming video you'll wanna leave on all day long.

    15. And add a bird art print to your walls to pay tribute to the family of birds that took up residence right outside your window last spring, but left for the winter and has yet to return 😢.

    The print of birds, flowers, and plants
    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $29+ (available in 14 colors and five sizes).

    16. Put up some honeybee and butterfly string lights that'll make any room feel a whole lot more cozy, colorful, and spring-like.

    17. Add some springy color to your kitchen with heat-safe silicone utensils — they'll make cooking way more ~aesthetic~ in the dull and dreary months.

    Each set includes a large and medium spatula, a large and medium spoon, a medium spreader, a medium pastry brush, an egg whisk, and an egg separator.

    Promising review: "Great quality!! I’ve been using them for a few months now and they are great! They clean up well with no spots and feel pretty sturdy while using for thick heavy foods. I also use some for sautéing and have had no heat issues or melting. I would definitely buy these again, but at this rate I won’t need to!" —Mizz87

    Get a nine-piece set from Amazon for $14.97+ (also available in black and khaki).

    18. Make some space for a soil-free AeroGarden Harvest to ensure that you always have fresh herbs on hand even if your outdoor garden hasn't sprung back to life yet. This device makes it easy! Set it up in minutes — no sun or soil required — and it'll tell you when your plants need food or water so they can thrive without the guesswork on your part.

    The AeroGarden in a light sage color filled with growing herbs
    the writer's AeroGarden with newly sprouted plants
    AeroGarden, Yi Yang / Via BuzzFeed

    It even comes with a six-pod seed kit and plant food liquid nutrients to get you started!

    Previous BuzzFeed writer Yi Yang has this and loves it. Read her full AeroGarden review for more deets!

    Promising review: "Got this a couple of weeks ago. I've wanted one FOREVER and was so happy, but didn't let my hopes get the best of me — I can't keep plants alive. At all. Ever. Easy set up with easy instructions and it was done and working its magic in 10 minutes. So imagine my excitement when just a few days later I had a sprout! Then another. Then another! While I thoroughly believe my morning affirmations to the little sprouts work, it's probably the awesome design and ease of use. It tells you when it needs water or nutrients (liquid, in a bottle). It's silent, except for a barely audible trickle sound every hour. You will not regret this purchase!" —Amy V

    Get it from AeroGarden for $109.95+ (originally $164.95; available in two colors).

    19. Or invest in some convincing fake plants like faux ivy, fake succulents, a faux rose vine, and a trio of fake taro, lotus, and clover plants if you're terrible at keeping living things other than yourself alive, but still want your home to feel like your own personal spring garden.