Have you recently found yourself looking around your home and just not feeling the love for it that you once had? Are you daydreaming more often about moving, or undergoing large renovations? But with the property market the way it is and the building industry in such demand you know that these are most likely just pipe dreams?
Well despair not, in a lot of cases there are easier and quicker solutions to help you fall in love with your home all over again than spending hundreds of thousands of dollars. Try some of these simple methods this weekend to start loving your house again and to feel the pride again that you once had for it:
Clean and declutter
Often, the love affair with your home ends once it starts to feel too cluttered or messy. Who could love a house that is full of junk with no room to move around in?
If it has been a really long time since your last big clean out, you should mark a weekend in the diary to tackle it. Don’t make any other plans for that weekend as you don’t want to be distracted halfway through. Once you’ve found a clear space on the calendar, check out some skip bin prices. It doesn’t have to be a huge skip, you can hire mini skip bins as well which might do the trick, depending on how much you need to throw away.
Once you have the skip organised, start going through your entire house, room by room. Create three piles (or put sticky notes on things that can’t be moved around easily like furniture). One pile is to keep, one pile is for throwing away and the third pile is for donating or selling. There are plenty of places where you can donate or sell items you no longer need or use. Try your local buy, swap and sell page on Facebook, a local charity, places like eBay or Gumtree or even just post pictures to your own Facebook page.
After the house is free from clutter, give it a good scrubbing from top to bottom. Now it is time to step back and enjoy your hard work.
Now that you’ve made space in your home by clearing out the old stuff, you can choose some nice, new decorative items to spruce the place up a bit. New artwork hanging on the walls can breathe life into any room. Pick some nice prints from a shop, trawl markets or galleries for original paintings or go through your photos and see which ones are worth printing off and framing. Alternatively, check out some amazing decal designs and stick your artwork directly to the wall!
Add in some throw rugs on couches and beds, vibrant new cushions, a new vase or candle and soon your home will look like it’s brand new. Just be careful not to overdo it, or you’ll undo all of that great decluttering work you’ve just finished.
Add some greenery
If you look around your home and can’t see any plants or green life, now might be the time to change that. Plants look amazing in homes and have also been shown to bring a sense of peace to anyone who is surrounded by them. Choose a sunny corner to add some potted plants or even a hanging one, or brighten up a dark corner with a plant that doesn’t require much sunlight to thrive.
Now it’s time to add in some ambience; lighting.
Lighting is such an underrated part of a home. As Lindsey Adelman, a New York-based industrial designer who specialises in light fixtures says; “If a room is lit the right way, everyone looks their best and feels relaxed and comfortable, but they don’t know why.”
Many interior designers will tell you there should be three points of lighting in the living room; ceiling lights, floor lamps and table lamps. You can decide which ones to switch on and when, to create whatever mood you are going for. The entire room doesn’t have to be completely lit at all times, it can look amazing if you have multiple points of light throughout the space.
You’ve finally made it to the end of the list, but what happens if you take a look around and you still aren’t feeling convinced about your living space? There’s a good chance that the last thing you need to consider is rearranging some things.
Simply rearranging your furniture can create a whole new feeling in the room and entire house. Move your bed to a different wall, or place it right in the centre of the room. Shift your couches so they face each other instead of the TV and see what a difference that makes when you have guests over. Push your dining room table up against a wall instead of having it in the middle of the room or angle it a different way. The options are endless, and the best part is, if you decide you don’t like it after a few weeks you can simply move it all back!