If you have been in your home for any length of time then chances are you may not feel the same about it as you did when it was a new home or your new home. Sure, you still love it. But, maybe you’re not having that love affair with it.
Falling in love with your home is very similar to falling and staying in love with your partner. Putting in a little effort and giving your home a little love will go a long way toward keeping family members and yourself happy in your home.
Just like in a long-term relationship, things change, people change, times change, and trends come and go. Plus, over time, things in the home may age. They start to fall apart or just don’t work like they used to.
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Maybe you are just getting bored looking at the same place day after day. You may even have become blind to some things. I know I don’t notice certain things until someone else points it out! So, if you don’t keep up with these changes, things can go south quickly and your new home can start to feel like an old home.
So, let’s talk about how to fall in love with your home all over again with some tips to help you rekindle the love. The best part is that all of these tips will come in handy if you’re thinking of selling your home too. So if you decide to end the relationship with your home, potential buyers will love how your room will look and feel with these tips.
Clear out the cobwebs
After a while when you’ve settled in and things become routine, you start to slack a little with the upkeep. I tend to put on a little weight, well a lot, but we’re not talking about me here LOL. When we get comfortable we tend to ignore the little things or put them off till later. Things start to multiply and before you know it the house is a mess.
The first thing to do is to take some time to give the home a good cleaning. Clear out those “cobwebs” and get things looking fresh again. Wash the windows and open up the curtains to let in some natural light. It will make a world of difference in how your home looks and how it makes you feel. Sometimes it’s the simple things that make a huge difference.
Add some new live plants to the space. It really does make a huge difference in how your home feels. Don’t get me wrong…I love a good artificial plant too. But, live plants just make the home come alive.
Do you need some help getting motivated to clean? This is Laurie from the Passionate Penny Pincher and she has a beautiful and functional household chore planner. I love her energy. She walks you thru her cleaning routines on video and has so much enthusiasm. Below she discusses her binder and how to use it. So if you need help with cleaning she is your girl.
Mix things up
If you’ve been in the home for any length of time, you may have it set up the same way as when you moved in. People tend to get something the way they like it, and keep it that way. Change is good people!
Give your room some new life by arranging your furniture in a different way. Start with your most used living space, such as your living room. Move your artwork around or change it altogether. Bringing a rug in from another room is a great way to change things up and make a huge impact. Sometimes an old piece of furniture, like your favorite comfy chair, can get a whole new life in a new location in your home.
I have a small green dresser that I’ve had for many years and that thing has been in almost every room in my home. It’s been a dresser, a side table, a nightstand in a guest room, and an entryway table. And every time I use it somewhere else I fall in love with it all over again. Next time, I think it’s going to get a new paint color.
Doing this will give you a whole new look and feel for your room and the good news is it may not even cost you a penny.
Give your home some space
After some time in one place, we tend to collect things. We buy new items, store some things, hold things for others, and before you know it our homes are full of stuff. Most of us do not have adequate storage spaces and tend to leave things out in the open because of that.
With all this stuff we lose sight of what we loved about our own home. The clutter closes us in and disguises our beautiful home. We can quickly forget why we loved our home to begin with. But the great thing is that it’s not too late to clear it out.
Take a look around and see what you can get rid of. And, by getting rid of, I don’t mean throw away. You can donate, re-gift, recycle, whatever you are comfortable with, as long as if it doesn’t belong there it won’t stay there.
Ask yourself, “Do I still love this item?” Or as Marie Kondo would ask, “Does it bring you joy?” Start to part with the items you no longer love a little bit at a time. And please don’t just move it from one room to another. All you would be doing is making more work for yourself later on.
Buy something new for your home
Don’t you just love it when your significant other surprises you with a gift? Your home can feel just as good when you purchase some new pieces for your home. All it takes is a little something to make a room come alive again.
Little details can make a big difference. Purchase some new light fixtures or cabinet hardware for your kitchen. New window treatments or an area rug can make your home office feel new and exciting. How about some new toss pillows, a throw, a slipcover, a floral arrangement, or pretty baskets for your indoor plants in your living room or family room?
Make small changes for a big impact
Sort of continuing from the previous chapter, making small changes can make a big impact on how your room feels.
You would be amazed a what a fresh coat of paint can do. What are the trends right now? Painted wood? White walls? Black cabinetry? Painting is inexpensive if you do it yourself and you can easily make a room feel completely different with paint.
You don’t have to paint a whole room either. You can paint an accent wall, an old piece of furniture to give it new life, or even your front door.
Slipcovers can drastically change the look and feel of a room. Sure Fit brand has great quality and they have lots of styles, colors, and patterns for many different types of furniture. Check out the link above.
DIY something. There are endless DIY projects online. Do a search and see if you can find something that excites you. Maybe you can repurpose an old piece of furniture, make new window treatments, or paint your own artwork. I am seriously considering painting my dated granite kitchen countertops rather than replacing them. I’ll let you know how that goes.
Do some homework and do something small to make a big change.
Use your senses to fall in love with your home again
You can apply this to a lot of different scenarios, but using your 5 senses in the home can make a big difference in how your home looks and can make the space feel new and fresh.
Sight – Obviously changing how your home looks are going to make you feel better in the home. Fresh flowers, a new wallpaper, dimmed lights, or a beautiful accessory in your master bedroom are some of the best ways to use sight to update your room.
You can find some interesting self-stick wallpapers at Amazon and use them to create a focal wall, a backdrop for shelving, or even to make your own artwork.
Sound – Using sound can change the way you feel about your home. Add some nature sounds with a water feature. I have a cat water fountain in my kitchen and when it’s quiet it’s quite relaxing. A fireplace crackling is welcoming and calming.
Smell – Use your sense of smell by baking some cookies, lighting a scented candle, putting on some fresh clean sheets, or arranging some fresh flowers.
Taste – Cook a nice dinner, put out a bowl of candy, and make some tea.
Touch – Add fluffy pillows, a soft rug under your feet, or a cozy throw. This is a little weird to share but my favorite thing to do at night is to “feel” my throw blanket that’s on my bed. It just relaxes and calms me so I can sleep. Touch is really powerful.
Just like a relationship, you can’t be “in love” all the time without a little effort. Now is a perfect time and do something “special” for your home it will not only look better, but it will make you feel better too. The most important thing to remember is that sometimes it’s the simple changes that can make the biggest difference.