How To Fall Back In Love with Your Home
We’ve all been home more than usual and although our cities, counties and states are slowly starting to reopen, it seems that this pandemic has shined a bright light on many aspects of how we think and how we live that will last for years to come, maybe even for the rest of our lifetimes.
When it comes to our homes, this experience has us all looking more closely at what we need and want at home and perhaps even redefining those needs and wants entirely.
Sometimes the heart does grow fonder with more time. You realize why you bought your home and truly appreciate its amenities and features. Maybe you’ve even tackled projects you previously put off to create the haven at home you always wanted.
I hope that’s true for you.
I’ve heard from many of you saying things like, “thank goodness we bought this home when we did” and there is nothing more I like to hear from my past clients. That’s my goal—make the right financial decision and be happy in your home for years and years.
Others of you found being at home more meant seeing more of what you don’t love in your home, and you’re not feeling the love as much. Maybe you are feeling the need to spruce up, declutter, and perhaps tweak your home here and there.
If that’s you, you’re not alone. In fact, trips to home improvement stores increased during this time with many people taking on new DIY home or yard projects.
So I’ve pulled together some guidance for you to find ways to love your home again, to embrace your home again, and to fully enjoy your time there with family and friends.
Our homes are a reflection of ourselves, and if you feel the need to focus on improving it and creating your own happy place, now is a great time to make the changes to make your home exactly what you want it to be.
Reevaluate Your Space for Today’s Living
Are you someone who’s using your dining room table as a makeshift office right now? Or, realizing you can’t find a spot for some quiet yoga time in your home?
Now more than ever could be a good time to look at your home and really come to terms with how you are using it every day, and how you can use your current space better for today’s needs.
If you’re frustrated, take a step back and think outside of the box when it comes to your home.
We’ve seen homeowners turn hardly-used dining rooms into playrooms if they already have another eating area they use regularly in their home.
Or, take a formal living room and use that space more creatively and for another purpose if they primarily gather in their open-concept family room/kitchen.
We’ve heard how others have decluttered to carve out more space in a sunroom or guest room for exercise space. Or, have taken a large closet or space under a stairwell and made a creative homework area for kids.
They’ve not only made these rooms more multi-functional but paid attention to creating a space that is designed and decorated well so that it feels right, not randomly pulled together.
And if you’re ready for even a bigger change, now could be the time for that basement renovation, attic redo, or screen porch for added living space.
Really look at your home with new awareness. That’s why many sellers stage their home for potential buyers so they can actually see themselves living in this home. Sometimes just decluttering and getting rid of things you don’t really need or use can make all the difference. Are you doing that for yourself?
You can picture a better way to live in your home that brings you more contentment while also meeting your needs. That’s one of the first step if you need to fall in love with your home again.
Easy Decorating Ideas for Right Now
No matter what you can brighten your current space to make it more relaxing or more fun…whatever mood you’re wanting right now.
- Paint is cheap and easy. This is a no-brainer if you want a splash of color or to freshen up a room. All the paint companies have helpful websites for you some online visuals.
- Peel-and-stick wallpaper is a new trend. It’s an inexpensive and easy way to change the look of a room. Great for accent walls. It’s easy to remove since no paste is involved. If you change your mind often, then this could be for you!
- Get creative with DIY wall art using blank canvas. Arts and crafts stores and websites have been busy lately with budding artists. Consider buying some blank canvases and giving it a try. For a modern look, wide brush strokes with a squish of color could become your very own masterpiece.
- Gallery wall of photos. Get your favorite photos and enlarge them in black and white for a cool and modern photo wall. If you have a large selection to choose from, you can always switch them up from time to time for new smiles.
- Paint or refurbish inside or outside furniture. It’s a perfect time to strip, sand, or stain any flea market finds. You can even spray paint something a fun, bright color without worrying about the mess (still put down newspapers or covering to protect your grass or patio).
- Give your kitchen table or breakfast bar some color and life. It’s simple—placemats, a colorful vase or two and a tasteful flower arrangement will reinforce the idea that the kitchen is the heart of the home.
- Freshen up your bathroom. Invest in a big mirror and put bright lights over it. And a few hundred dollars spent on a new spa-like showerhead is well worth it.
Outer Order, Inner Calm…Get Organized
Dreaming of a calm home with less stuff or “a place for everything” with the items left over, then get organized. Take control of your stuff … and your life, just as author Gretchin Rubin advises.
- Declutter and donate. You’re not alone if you’ve spent time going through closets, basements, attics, etc. Many families are in need right now and your “trash” may be their treasure and exactly what they need to make their home what they’ve always wanted. Use your network, Facebook and NextDoor to find families who could use what you no longer need and do good while clearing your home.
- Purge and/or recycle items. Get rid of that junk…finally! If you can’t donate it, then toss it. But check with your local trash service or facility to see how and what they are taking right now. And don’t forget about looking in bathrooms and kitchens for expired items such as make-up or that bottle of gravy you bought years ago just in case.
- Set up an information center. Designate a place for incoming mail and outgoing too. Better yet, toss and recycle regularly so mail doesn’t pile up. Lots of cute baskets and other containers can make this space look pretty and neat.
- Designate recharging stations for phones. Select areas where you and family members can recharge phones easily. New technology can make it sleeker with wireless charging pads, docking stations, etc.
- Boxes, baskets, and containers. Many places like Target, Ikea and Container Store sell organizing containers that can match your décor and blend in to your room. But don’t forget about upcycling shoeboxes, cartons, and reusing other containers to stash your stuff in drawers or closets for hidden storage. Just like Marie Kondo, best-selling author and TV star!
The Great Outdoors for Fun and Sun
Take your outside space and make it more useable for your entire family to enjoy. Your yard can become a haven for you while some any of us may be spending more time at home.
- Create more privacy for a retreat-like sanctuary. You may love your next-door neighbors, but sometimes you want to enjoy being outside but still feel secluded. If you have a front porch, think about flowing curtains, a beautiful screen, or framed stained glass/mosaic design to block the neighbor’s porch. Tall shrubs and climbing plants on lattice boards can make you feel lost in foliage.
- Decorate with an outdoor sofa, bistro table with chairs, and outdoor rug. Look for less expensive options out there to turn your deck, porch, patio into a daily living space. Lots of sales going on right now! Make it a space to enjoy your morning coffee, to stream your favorite TV show under the stars, to work on your laptop in the fresh air. Or put out a hammock or large pallet swing for relaxing and some alone time. Make it cozy and colorful with cushions.
- Cool it all down. Summers in the DMV can be hot, so consider getting fans for outside when you’re on your patio, porch or deck. And if you’re looking for some water fun, there’s always above ground pools with more selection than ever. Or go old-school with sprinklers!
- Make a kids’ zone. They need some space of their own too. Set up a children’s swing set, treehouse (check zoning laws!) or fun play area. With more daylight hours and warm days, it’s the perfect time to make the outside a new playroom for your kids.
- Light up your outdoor space. Outdoor lights are very trendy now and can set a mood to make your yard, porch or patio sparkle and shine. My patio is one of my favorite places to spend time in the evening, and I put up some inexpensive cafe lights that have really made a difference in the space. There are so many ideas to choose from: string lights for patios and screened porches, solar lights along your garden beds or walkways, festive twinkling party lights on potted shrubs, LED lanterns for side tables, and more!
- Make your outdoor areas shine. If you haven’t already, clean your patio or deck and any outdoor furniture or planters. You can rent a power washer to get rid of grime on some items that can withstand the pressure. Or, give everything a good deep cleaning so the rest of the year, you can do a periodic wipe down.
- Purge and organize your garden supplies and tools. Plus get your garden tools and supplies cleaned, sharpened and restocked. Don’t forget to get gas for your lawnmower.
- Clean windows and screens. You can see outside clearly now! Don’t forget to spray wash your screens with a hose and the sun will dry them quickly.
You Can Have a Green Thumb!
Gardening not only makes your yard look beautiful, you’ll enjoy being outside in the fresh air and find some contentment.
- Create space for a vegetable garden or herb garden. Even if you’ve always planted flowers each year, consider planting vegetables, fruit or herbs. (Hint: Mint is one of the easiest herbs to grow and it comes back year after year. It was the first herb that I did not kill within a few weeks.) Even a small patch of land or containers on your deck can yield the fruits of your labor, such as tomatoes and basil. All you need to do is buy the mozzarella for a Caprese salad… yum!
- Consider a composting bin to help enrich the soil for your garden. You can put cut grass, weeds, leaves and organic waste (i.e., kitchen vegetable scraps) in the bin. It can take from 3 to 12 months to produce compost. Once complete, you can add it to your soil.
“Home Sweet Home” for You
I know sometimes moving to a bigger home isn’t always the answer. I want you to “love the one you’re with” and find ways to love your current home as must as possible.
I hope this article has helped you find ways to fall back in love with your home! There are many new ways to look at your home and make it better for you and your family right now.
Remember that we all change through the years, and so can your home and how you use it. This is especially good to know for those of you who love your neighborhood and don’t see moving any time soon.
I'm Jordan and I love helping first time home buyers make their first home more affordable and stress-free! It all starts with your personal budget and how much you can comfortably afford. Let me know how I can help you make your real estate dreams come true.
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