It is spring once again, and just like every other year when you trade your dull, heavy winter clothes for lighter and carefree attire as the days start to grow longer and warmer, you should do the exact same thing for your home.

The good news is, getting your home prepared for spring really doesn't have to take lots of time or money.  The work can all be done in one weekend, and you will only have a few inexpensive items to buy for the project.  Here are six fast and inexpensive ways to give your house that perfect spring makeover without spending a fortune:

1) Sheer Beauty Is Back In Style

Take those heavy winter drapes down and put up sheer curtains, panels or valences instead to provide a light and airy look.  For your design, consider lively items such as stripes, butterflies, swirling ivy vines or even polka dots.  These window treatments are very simple and can most likely work with your existing curtain rods.  For a nice change you could try using a wrought iron rod.  The ivory, cream or white tone from the sheer will provide the room with a brightening and airy effect that was once ensconced in heavy, warm winter fabrics.

2.  Add A Nice Zest To The House

All-natural ingredients can be used to infuse your house with an organic and fresh feel and smell to it.  Whenever you are looking to add a touch of spring to the room, add elements such as stones, pebbles, wood and fruit.  Add river stones to a glass vase for a textured and natural look.  Another idea is to fill a vase or bowl with bright yellow lemons or green shiny limes.  This natural and fresh decoration can be added to a dining table, coffee table or the mantel.

3.  Make A Bold Statement With New Hardware

One very quick yet inexpensive and effective upgrade is to add new hardware.  Just simply changing drawer pulls and knobs in the kitchen or in the bathroom can make a dramatic and eye-popping difference.  If your kitchen has traditional cherry cabinetry with brass hardware, you can always replace it by using a trendy brushed aluminum instead and knobs with interesting designs and shapes.  For a very fresh and light look you could select lightly tinted or clear multi-faceted knobs in the shape of squares or flowers.

4.  Wash Your Windows

To really get a fresh, new outlook, wash your windows from both the inside and the outside.  Not only will you wash away the winter grit, it will also allow you to look out on the blooming flowers and all the other wonders of spring.  The bright sunshine will enter the room and provide a nice warm glow to the walls, artwork and carpets.  Use newspapers or packing paper to wipe your windows down with.  The qualities and textures of the newsprint provides a streak-free finish to the glass.  This simple spring cleaning task will make a wonderful different to your home.

5.  The Power Of Flowers

It just won't feel like spring unless you have tons of pots filled up with beautiful, blooming flowers such as paper whites, tulips and hydrangeas.  You could just use the standby terra cotta pots.  However, you may want to look form something a little different.  Add daffodils to old fashioned country bowls and set them on the kitchen windowsill.  For a very elegant look, plant ivy topiaries inside a tall urn.

6.  Introduce Color And Texture With Wallpaper

Add a new color scheme or pattern to your room by adding wallpaper to the walls, or freestanding shelf or even an open-faced hutch.  You may want to choose a busy floral, lively stripe or something a little less dramatic.  To add the wallpaper to a piece of furniture, all your need is scissors and some glue to complete the project.