It’s been said that you are your own worst critic. There is perhaps no area where this is more true than in your home. Though guests may see a pleasant and inviting home, it’s hard for you to look past the cluttered closets, dated bathroom fixtures, and deteriorating back deck. Tackling these issues can seem overwhelming to try and correct. Fortunately, with the right strategies, you can address your home’s issues and turn it into the home you’ve always wanted.
One easy way to transform a room and, eventually, your entire home is to thoroughly declutter. While the idea of decluttering is fairly simple, actually doing it can be less than enjoyable for many people. If you don’t have a lot of time to devote to decluttering, work on small areas at a time so that you don’t become overwhelmed. For example, declutter a single drawer or a single cabinet or a single shelf in a closet, rather than trying to declutter an entire room. Then, as successes are achieved, celebrate those successes to keep your motivation up.
However, if you have a large chunk of time to work with, try using the Marie Kondo method of decluttering and organization. This method encouraging decluttering by category in larger chunks.
Unless you specifically make the decision to redecorate a room, the act of redecorating most often occurs after you find a certain decor piece that you really love and can anchor an entire room around. Redecorating with intention can help you create a cohesive look in the style you desire. Often we get a rough idea of what we’d like to do but the idea falls apart in the execution phase because we don’t have an actual plan. Start by picturing your ideal room, making a list of pieces or elements that you need to make it perfect, and then a step-by-step game plan to help you bring your dream home into reality.
If you’re unsure of where to start or get ideas, looking into home improvement magazines, interior decorating blogs, and trendy home Pinterest boards can give you a better idea of what you like and what you’d like to see in your own house. This will help you turn your property into a place you can actually call “home”.
Renovation is an important part of keeping your home livable and inviting. In the case of a deteriorating deck or staircase, renovation may even be vital to ensuring the safety of you and your family. Given the high cost of some renovations, it can be tempting to try and tackle these renovations yourself. To be sure, with the right experience and the right equipment, you can successfully complete many renovations on your own. It’s important to know where to draw the line, however, especially in cases where a mistake could jeopardize your or others’ safety. It may cost extra to have a professional complete the work, but the time saved and the peace of mind gained will be totally worth it.
Be sure to speak with a qualified professional to make sure the renovations you dream of are actually possible and will be structurally sound. For example, if you’d like to add some rooms or even a second floor to your home, a contractor will be able to tell you if your current structure could handle that, the necessary steps you’d need to take, and a rough cost estimate for your project.
Ultimately, with any changes you decide to make to your home, it’s important to remember that it’s ultimately love that makes a home. However, remember that certain updates, when neglected or forgotten, can interrupt the fellowship experienced in a home of any size, shape, or level of renewal. By staying on top of what is necessary for safety and happiness, your home can be a place that people want to be for many years to come.