Ask Away...: Revitalise Your Home Without Drastic Renovations

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Revitalise Your Home Without Drastic Renovations

When your home is feeling dull, old and worn out, there are two main options: renovate or replace. Renovating your home can be a massive hassle unless you have experienced contractors working for you. In that case, it’s going to cost you a lot of time and money. Depending on what kind of renovations you aim for, you might be forced out of your home for a while as they fix up the house. Replacing your home (in other words, moving) can be equally as annoying. There’s a lot of money involved, you’ll have to move all of your belongings and it might cause problems with your work or your family.

Luckily, there’s a third option that many people actually omit: revitalising your home.

Changing your decor

Your decor is perhaps the most important thing that defines the look and feel of your home. If you want to give your home a new look and feel, then it’s a good idea to change the decor now and then. This could mean painting the walls, it could mean switching out seasonal decorations or simply rearranging the furniture now and then. If you like the idea of switching your decor, then you need to keep in mind that your current furniture arrangement can affect your success rate.

If you want to change your decor on a regular basis then you need to declutter and organise your home in a way that allows for it. For instance, make sure that your have as little furniture as possible so that if you need to replace the carpet or paint a wall, you can easily move the furniture out of the room or away from the area you want to work in. If you want to add more decor or change it on a regular basis, then don’t use anything permanent.

The more free-moving your furniture is, the more freedom you’ll have in changing your decor more frequently. This will revitalise your home every time you make minor changes, giving you the feeling of a fresh and new home whenever you feel like it. This is far cheaper than renovating your entire home. The secret is to ensure that your furniture can be moved at will so you can rearrange it however you like.

Decluttering your home

One of the ugliest things in a home is clutter. It doesn’t matter if it’s a bookshelf filled with dusty tomes or a cupboard that hasn’t been cleaned out for a year—clutter can strangle us and make us feel trapped. Decluttering your home is the perfect way to clean out the mess and make your home clean, inviting and new.

Don’t forget to clear out every single room in your home. From clearing out the garage to tidying up the living room, no room should be left untouched by your crusade to clear out the clutter. Here are a couple of tips you can follow to help you declutter the home:

  • Clear out a space to put all your items - be it a dumping ground in your garage or a large empty room, you need to designate a space in your home where you place everything that you plan to put back into your rooms. For instance, you might need to move out some furniture so that you can clean the carpets, or you might want to move a shelf from one room to another
  • Keep a schedule - it’s hard to determine how much time it takes to really clear out a certain room or piece of furniture, but make sure you assign a date or weekend where you plan to declutter so the rest of your family members know
  • Get a box for papers - loose bits of paper, letters and so on need a dedicated box or folder. This will help you organise your documents later when you decide if you want to throw things away or keep them
  • Store uncertain items separately - as you declutter, you’ll find many items that you’re unsure if you want to keep or not. Create a separate pile or put them into another box so that you can decide later if you want to keep them or not
  • Don’t forget your wardrobe - it might not seem like the most common place to declutter, but you’ll be surprised at how many clothes you own that no longer fit you and could be either sold or given to charity
  • Learn to live with less - be it useless kitchen appliances or excessive amounts of books, there are things you can comfortably live without. As you declutter, ask yourself if you really need certain things. If you don’t, then get rid of them and say goodbye to clutter so you can learn to live with less.

These are just a few tips, but it should be enough to get you started on decluttering your home. This is one of the most important steps to help you revitalise your home and give it a new feel.

Get rid of what you consider ordinary

Are you used to cleaning up your carpets and vacuuming them? Then get rid of it and replace it with hardwood or laminate flooring. Are you used to dull-looking floors? Then treat yourself to a hardwood floor refinishing service. Whatever you’re used to, it’s a good idea to either get rid of it or change it so that it’s barely recognisable. This is a fantastic way to revitalise your home and give it a fresh new feeling. It could be as simple as rearranging your furniture or you could get more complicated by changing your decor.

Hopefully, this article has given you some fantastic ideas on how to revitalise your home. It’s not the easiest task, but it’s certainly one that demands a bit of planning and some real considerations. However, it won’t cost you as much money as a full renovation and it’s easy to follow these tips in your own time.

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1 comment:

  1. Great advice, Ellen!! I think we all get the urge to purge at some point in our lives.


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