Let’s face it, we all have those days where we look at our current home and start to wish for something better. We can imagine starting over and getting our dream home. However, if you’re honest, that home will eventually become your “current home”. You’ll get used to it, fill it with things, and the excitement will settle into everyday life. It will become normal.
Buying a new home is great, and may be part of the plan if you are living in your starter home. But before you go searching for a new home, there are some things you can do to fall in love with your current home again.
One of the easiest ways to bring that fresh, new home feeling back to your current home is to declutter. Without realizing it, your home can start filling up with stuff. Furniture goes on sale and you can picture it in your house so you get it, only to take up more space. You buy that workout equipment then sits in the corner of the room or in the garage. Your counter tops get cluttered with random things and your closet is overflowing with clothes you almost never wear.
Before you start thinking your house is too small or just feels dirty and constricted, consider decluttering. Give away or throw away old items you never use. Clean out your closet and give away al the clothes you don’t wear. Create a place for everything – no more “catch-all” places like the counter tops or coffee table. You’ll be surprised by the difference this makes in how your home looks and feels.
Especially if you bought your home with the idea that it is not your “forever home”, you may have avoided decorating it the way you want. Maybe you don’t want to spend the money until you are in your dream home. Or perhaps you don’t want to commit to your current home and decorate it, only to sell the house and move anyway. However, the most important thing to remember is that life is better when you live in the moment and stay present. Don’t focus so much on the future that you miss out on the amazing life available to you right now.
So, decorate your house the way you want with things you love. You don’t have to spend a lot of money, just get a few specific items that really bring out your style. You want to create a home that makes you happy when you walk into it. Decorate it so you can walk in and embrace it and live in the moment. After all, that’s a big part of what makes a house a home.
Over time, little things in your home can start to break or wear out. The hinges get loose on cabinets, the water filter goes out on the refrigerator, and a few light bulbs go out. It’s easy to decide that you can just live without these things for a while, especially if they aren’t emergencies. However, over time they add up and eventually you’ll dread coming home.
One of the best rules to live by when it comes to your home is to treat it like you’re going to list it. You’ll find that most of the repairs can be done rather quickly. Most importantly, you’ll discover that it’s the little things that tend to cause the most trouble in life. Making those small repairs will help you enjoy your home more. They won’t be constant distractions and frustrations and will help you live more positively in your home.
This one seems simple, but can be a game changer. Since we all spend a lot of time lounging on the couch or sitting around the living room, getting comfortable furniture will make a world of difference. You’ll look forward to coming home and you’ll love the space simply because of the comfort it offers. Your home should be a safe place for you to unwind and relax.
Some furniture might look really good and be more aesthetically pleasing, but if you never enjoy it the way it was intended, you may end up resenting it. Get couches and chairs…and beds…that are comfortable and cozy.
You don’t have to do a lot or spend a bunch of money to get a home you enjoy. Follow these simple steps and fall in love with your home again. The great news is, if you still want to get out of your house and find a new home, your current home will be primed to sell.
Speaking of which, if you’re ready to buy or sell a home, let me know! I help people get the most money out of their home and to find the home of their dreams within their budget. Let’s find your perfect home together.