Easy Ways to Freshen Up Your Home
Even though you love your home, sometimes you just need to change things up a bit for inspiration and just for it to ‘feel fresh’.
If you are not at a point with your home where you are ready to make massive changes, but you are starting to look around and feel like it needs a bit of a “pep-me-up” here are some easy ways to get that fresh feeling back into your home, especially mid-season and especially when you are needing some motivation, inspiration and are in a mood to feel healthy and empowered.
If you have a cleaner, give her an extra few hours this month to help with those extra bits – clean the windows, curtains, blinds, mirrors, skirtings, under furniture, the tops of doors, around light fittings – do it all, you will feel the difference. The whole house will smell differently and it will automatically be brighter and things will sparkle.
Remove things that aren’t necessary for daily use.
Everything in your home should have a place. The reality is that it often doesn’t, and it sits in an annoying place or keeps getting moved around from one room to the next. Dedicate some time to thinking about where to put things that don’t have a place to be put away. In one short session every week for the next month, just decide on what to do with placeless items and put them there. If you have a family, you may need to announce its new home to regular users, so don’t forget to do that too!
Assess the room and how it functions.
Think to yourself “could this area be used better’? We often make excuses as to why we don’t have time to change things. Why not just spend 10 minutes assessing how your room functions? Is the furniture the right size? Do things poke into the room or is there so much space that your guests don’t know where to sit?
Remove items that don’t feel right.
You don’t have to throw them away (yet). We often keep things in a room because we feel obliged to or because we think one of the family members still uses it. If it was gone, would anyone notice and what if it made some much needed room for another activity? Look around and see if there is anything that bothers you. If it does – see if it is time to put it in storage (or pass it on to someone who needs it).
Think about how you want to feel for the next month (or two) in this space.
It doesn’t have to be a long-term decision. We often think that changes in our home need to be huge in order to have impact (that works too), but sometimes all you need to do is think of a mood for this month and use that to decorate with temporary items. For example, warmth could be a feeling and that could be brought into a room with candles, red and yellow colors and/or soft, textured items such as rugs, photo frames and blankets.
Make a mood board or get a few ideas for inspiration.
Sometimes, just looking at beautiful images of homes inspires you to change something. You might see an idea that could work in your home or you might come across something that just makes you think wow… “I’m going to try that”!
Look around the house to see if you have anything you can get creative with. Do you have a different set of cushions you could swap around or do you have a couple of old pots in storage that you could revamp? Is it time to upholster a chair with a new pattern or what if you just used a small branch that you found in the garden and presented it like an artwork in one of your favourite vases?
In between seasons is a great time to keep your home feeling fresh and beautiful. Try out a couple of these ideas this month and see what kind of change it has on how you feel!
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