As we settle into our homes and the weeks – and, eventually, years – pass by, our homes become comfortable. Lived-in. They become an extension of our lives and families.
But as time passes, some of that excitement of this great new home can slip away. Try some of these tips to rekindle the love you had the first day you moved in!
• Rearrange the furniture. You don’t even have to buy new furniture to create a new feeling in a room. Alterations such changing around accessories, pillows, curtains, and throw rugs help to make the change more impactful.
• Cultivate your garden. Whether you build a new garden or just add some potted flowers to your landscape, the effect is everlasting. Topiaries, shrubs, and trees can make a large impact with minimal maintenance.
• Let it go. De-cluttering your home is one of the best ways to relieve stress, make storage space and let go. Start with one closet and work your way throughout the home, one area at a time. Donate your items to a cause that matters to you, it will be an added reward.
• Clean with a purpose. Are your baseboards in need of a good scrubbing? Have you cleaned behind your washer/dryer lately? Underneath and behind your refrigerator almost always needs a good scrubbing. Spruce up your front door/entryway by cleaning windows, treating the wood, power washing surfaces, etc.
• Go around the inside and outside of your home with a fine-toothed comb and list what needs attention. Prioritize needs and make a plan to address what needs the most care. This will not only give you an overall assessment of needs, but will remind you of what makes your home unique and special.
• Show some love with a little cleaning and small upgrades. Dusting, mopping and vacuuming are chores, but they do dress up your home visually. Could your kitchen cupboards do with new hardware, maybe a new backsplash? Does your bathroom need fresh towel holders or a new mirror? Could your office use some organizing bins? When was the last time you put some different throw pillows on the master bed? Tackle one room at a time and give it a mini makeover. You may find yourself wanting to spend more time there once you do.
Falling in love with your home again doesn’t need to cost a fortune. Sprucing up the interior, putting in a new garden, or conquering that long-standing to-do list might be all you need to see the shine you once saw. And not only will you love it again, these little repairs and positive steps will help to maintain the value of your home. Give it a try!
Tips courtesy of Keller Williams @ kw.com.