When you bought your home, I bet you walked into it and just felt like it was the one for you. I love when I show a buyer the home they have been waiting to find. Seeing their face light up and their body language change, is the absolute best! Sometimes when you are house hunting you think that you will never find the home you want, so when you do, it is such a memorable experience. Over the years of owning your home, the love for your home can turn a little stagnant. I wanted to share with you some easy ideas of things you can do to fall back in love with your home!
- Paint, paint, and more paint. Are your walls still the same color they were when you first bought your home? Painting a room or even a wall in your home is a quick & easy and inexpensive way to give your home a big facelift. Each year the paint companies put out their highly anticipated paint trend predictions for the upcoming year. Check out the 2020 predictions and see if any of these would work in your home. Don’t be afraid of color. Remember if you don’t end up loving it you can repaint it until you do!
- Reflection… Sit in the middle of your home and look around. Remember what originally drew you to the home and made you fall in love with it. Then quickly, don’t dwell on it but just for a minute, reflect on what the things that bother or irritate you about your home and are now keeping you from loving it fully. Is it the picture on the wall that just won’t stay straight? Is it the closet door that always pops open because it is crammed with too much stuff? Whatever it is, the first step towards fixing it is determining what is causing your upset. For me, it’s that we walk in from a long day and pile everything on the dining room table. Can anyone relate? The dining room table is like grand central station for us. Figuring out where I could create an out of site area for hanging backpacks, diaper bags and the baseball bag, would not only declutter a main focal point in our home, but would also help me to walk in and love my home again. Something like these wall hangers installed in my laundry room where we walk in from the garage, would really help me love my home again!
- Get rid of it! Not your home…I mean if you decide that’s what you want to do then give me a call right away. LOL! I know you have heard how decluttering can change your mindset and how getting rid of stuff can really free you. While all of that is true, I am talking about something even simpler than decluttering. I am talking about going around your house and taking pictures that don’t do anything for you, trinkets that just collect dust, and random décor that was maybe given to you, that you don’t even like, and get rid of it! You don’t necessarily have to throw it away, but why do you have to look at it every day if you don’t even like it? If it has sentimental value, put it in a box and store it in the attic. If you think the person who gave it to you will be upset at you for getting rid of it, ask them if they would like it back and explain that you are simply re-doing your home, or explain to them that you paid it forward and gifted it to someone who really loved it when they saw it.
- Surround yourself with things you love. After you take away all of the stuff that doesn’t bring you joy it’s time to add some things that do! Maybe you have a picture sitting in your closet that you love but never had a spot for… or maybe you have a painting that you have had your eye on for months but didn’t feel confident purchasing it. Even switching out old photos with new more recent photos that have fun memories associated with them will help you walk into your home and smile. Whatever the case may be, adding items to your home that you love will go a long way to putting the love back into your home!
- Update your home. Sometimes a full renovation can be daunting, and you might not be able to afford it. So, doing a little at a time may seem small to you but it can really make a big difference. If your home has the original doorknobs from the 70s, upgrading them could make a big impact! Just do a few updates at a time until they are all done. If your bathroom has outdated wallpaper, you can take that off yourself and paint it whatever color you would like. Not all renovations have to break the bank.
A few changes here and there can make a huge difference with how you feel in your home. Changing the color of your walls, kitchen cabinets, and even your doorknobs can create a whole other feeling for you. Adding art or photos that bring you joy, and happy memories helps you love your home.
I hope these ideas inspire you to come up with some easy things of your own that you can do this fall to help you fall back in love with your home! If you’d rather sell it to someone else who loves it, give me a call and we’ll start looking for a new home you love!