This month JAM Organizing presents an informative post from a guest blogger. Enjoy!
Having a home to call your own is a wonderful feeling, but let’s be honest here: there will be times when you find yourself nitpicking at certain details of your house. Is there a particular backsplash in your kitchen that you aren’t fond of? Does your living room and kitchen look cramped? Do you dislike the interior of your bathrooms? A lot of times, these little problems that you have with your house won’t go away with time, but there are lots of simple ways to revamp your old home that will have you falling in love with it once more.
1. Get to Decluttering and Organizing
One of the first things you should be doing is tidying up around the house. If it feels like you can’t take a deep breath in your house, chances are, you probably can’t because of how much stuff you have that you don’t need. Go through your things and decide what you want to keep, donate, sell, or toss. If you need help, consider hiring a professional organizer to help manage what you should keep or get rid of. If you find that you have plenty to donate or toss, find a local service that will pick up your unwanted clutter for you – this way you can focus all your energy on getting your home back in shape.
2. Clean Those Windows
You wouldn’t know it, but it’s amazing how something this simple and easy will make you feel a lot better. It isn’t uncommon for one to skip over wiping down the windows when they clean up normally, so if you’re one of those people, you might want to get on wiping down the windows. It’ll open up your house to more clean light, unmarred by specks of dust that would otherwise be on your windows. If you do clean your windows regularly enough, consider tackling the dust that’s collected on your overhead lighting and hard to reach nooks.
3. Add New Art to Your Room
A piece of art can really tie a room together, since you’d most likely be looking at bare walls if it weren’t there. Add a little more personality to your home by throwing some pieces of art in each room. For art that has been there since your first move in date, switch it out with something fresh. If you really wanted to be creative about the interior design, try using the art in the room to create a color scheme. It’s a fun and easy way to revitalize your home.
4. You Can Never Have Too Many Plants
If you weren’t aware, houseplants are very popular right now. There’s no reason why they shouldn’t be. They’re pretty, they’re fresh and natural, and they add little lovely pops of green and other vibrant colors to your home. And, similarly to how color works, plants can help elevate your mood and bring positive vibes to your house. An added bonus: plants clean the air in your home, naturally and beautifully.
5. Rearrange Your Furniture
Didn’t like how one of your rooms were looking? Try rearranging your furniture. It’s a simple way to open up different areas of your room to shake things up. If it’s not possible to shift your larger pieces of furniture, look at the decorations and the smaller accents and try rearranging some things that way.
6. Give Your Home a Signature Scent
Similarly to how you might use the same perfume or scented lotion, you can give your house a signature scent that will not only increase your mood, but will also give you a better quality of life. We suggest picking a scent that you really like so you’ll always be able to associate it with your home.
7. Give a Purpose to Underutilized Spaces
Are there areas of your home that aren’t being used? Think of a creative purpose for that space. It’s very easy how one particular area can go from being a dusty, unused corner to being a makeup station, meditation corner, or reading nook. The possibilities are endless too, so you don’t need to stick with those three suggestions; just think of all the spaces that you don’t use and think of all the spaces that you need for specific purposes in your house.
Thanks so much to Haley Kieser of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? for this month's post. What a great addition to the site!
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