20 Ways to Love the Home You Have

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Maybe you’ve just moved into a new house that feels unfamiliar, or you’re simply tired of living in a space that never quite suited you and have never figured out how to love it as your home, or you have a house that started to feel stale and boring after years of living in it. – I know all of these too well. – You might find yourself wishing for a newer, more beautiful home as I did. But the thing is that the grass always looks greener on the other side.

There might be many reasons that you struggle with loving and appreciating your Home. Maybe you’ve already changed your heart and mind about having an imperfect home and are searching for ways to improve it so you are determined to put the work and effort to make your home your haven. There are a few easy ways you can use to ignite the spark and love the home you have right now! With just a few simple changes, you can breathe new life into your home and fall in love with it all over again.

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1. Declutter Your Home

Clutter is responsible for some of the stress in your life. You may get stressed wherever and whenever and cannot do anything about it. Except in your Home. You can do a lot to avoid stress in your Home. Start with decluttering. Get rid of the things that you don’t love, are broken, or been unused for years. Don’t keep things around just to keep them around. Keep on top of the clutter and find a home for everything. Maybe you need to pare down to fit in all your stuff but simplifying your life can give you more time, space and energy. It’s about embracing what you really love and learning to let go of the rest. 

Check out this post for simple but great tips to start your decluttering and organizing challenge.

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2. Organize Your Home

A neat and organized home is a must for peaceful, stress-free living. After you’ve got rid of the unnecessary items, you may start to organize the rest of your stuff.  It truly makes a big difference in the atmosphere of your home. Also, getting your home in order will empower you in every other part of your life. Finding a storage space for everything can challenge your creativity but it’s worth the effort. 

The kitchen as the heart of the home especially needs to be well organized and designed for your family’s needs.

3. Keep It Clean and Tidy

Keep your home clean and tidy, so it is welcoming for the whole family and for everyone who enters your home. Commit to spending time each day to tidy up and clean your home. Don’t let things get out of hand. Do a little every day and do it with a good and grateful attitude. It will make you feel better about your home and your life! It takes effort and energy but it will also make living in your home so much easier and comfortable!

If you need some spark to feel grateful, watch this lovely video. Never mind that it’s a Christmas video. It applies 24/7/365.

It was truthful, wasn’t it?

Anyway, let’s get back to the task: establish new habits to help you stay on top of keeping your home tidy. Like making your bed each morning, cleaning up the kitchen before bed, or putting everything in place right away. Help your family build those habits, too!

For awesome cleaning hacks, check out my Home Cleaning Pinterest board!

4. Light Up Your Home

Light makes a huge difference in any room. Lighting is a major element of design that can add character to any room. With proper lighting, rooms feel bigger and have a better ambiance. If your room has old, dated light fixtures, consider replacing them with fresh, modern ones. If you don’t want to get a whole new lamp, try changing just the lampshade. It’s an inexpensive update that can make a big difference.

5. Use Window Treatments

Having privacy is a large part of feeling comfortable in your Home. Consider putting up light and flowy curtains to make the space warmer and more inviting. Curtains and window treatments can be on the more expensive side of making a change, but you can surely find some sales and make a bargain.

White Orchid Faux Linen Sheer Curtain

6. Use Practical and Beautiful Accessories

It’s the little details that can really make a room feel personal and inviting. Trays, baskets, mirrors, plants, and other smaller items make the job. Accessorizing a room is relatively inexpensive compared to some of the other makeover options. Refresh simply by swapping the palette of each room. Store the ones you’re not using and rotate them whenever you feel the need for a change. This way you’ll be able to refresh your home without the pressure of buying anything. 

7. Decorate the Walls

Use your children’s artwork and family photos to decorate the walls. It will help you build memories and remember the time when the kids made that picture or the photo was taken. Rearrange them from time to time to create a fresh feeling in the home. Move them around to see what looks good, and replace any pieces that are starting to feel “stale.”

8. Decorate With Houseplants

Plants bring life – literally – into any space. They’re simply beautiful and offer an organic design appeal.  Through various studies, science has proven that florals have mood-boosting features. The kitchen, the dining room, even the living room calls out for greens but don’t overlook the bedroom either. Waking up to fresh flowers in the morning is a great way to start the day. 

9. Fix Minor Annoyances

Patch tiny holes, tighten fixtures, nail trim back into place, unplug the drains – do whatever needs to be fixed. You’ll feel so much better when you eliminate those daily irritants. You will enjoy your home more. If you need guidance on how to do it look around on this site. They know all the answers you need.

10. Get Some Throw Pillows and Blankets

They’re inexpensive, colorful and cozy, and instantly transform a room. They freshen up the worn-out couch or armchair. If you ever get bored with them, move them to another room or make a pillow cover with different fabric. Learn more about the rules of mixing and matching throw pillows at The DIY Mommy blog.

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11. Create a Conversation Space

Create a spot that encourages conversations and a close-knit relationship within your family. It may be the couch or the dining table or the porch. Just arrange the furniture and the accessories with the purpose of helping to pay attention to each other instead of the TV or something else. 

12. Create a Personal Space

Everyone needs a place to get away to relax. Even if it’s just to enjoy a cup of tea or read a book. It could be as simple as a beanbag in the corner, a rocking chair on the porch or a reading nook. Make it available for everyone in the family to enjoy as a way of escaping within the four walls of the home. 

13. Paint Your Color

A fresh coat of paint is one of the most dramatic changes you can make to a room. Whether it’s just one accent wall or the whole room, you can use paint to express your own personality and style without making more expensive alterations or additions.

If you’re not up to painting the walls, revamp some furniture with some chalk paint to brighten up your room.

14. Rearrange the Furniture

If you want to update a room without spending a dime simply move the furniture around for a fresh look. You can make a room feel brand new simply by changing the layout of the furniture you already have. Keep large and tall pieces around the perimeter of the room, and don’t forget to consider walkways.

15. Add an Area Rug

A properly-sized rug can add warmth and texture to any space. It has transformative power. A too-small rug can make the whole room feel smaller and cannot make the connection between the different pieces of furniture as it’s supposed to. Choose the right size and the right color and pattern to create a warm atmosphere in your room.

16. Burn a Scented Candle

The power of scent is amazing. You don’t have to wait for a special occasion to lit a candle. Burn candles that smell like food, fruit or flowers. Having your home smell good can lift your mood, comfort your soul and add an element of coziness.

17. Create a Purpose for Wasted Space

When you create a home you love, you want to fill in the space. Each room of your house should serve a purpose and be fully utilized. If it is not, consider rearranging items or reorganizing the rooms so that you get the most of your home. Giving a purpose to each room provides a new appreciation for your home, improves functionality and makes styling easier.

18. Upscale What You Have

Before shopping for your home, first take a look at what you have. Can a piece you loved once be upcycled with a coat of paint or slipcover? Can you have it reupholstered or reworked to become something entirely new? Add new life to your home by re-purposing a piece of furniture you already own to better suit your style and existing decor. Chalk paint and milk paint are good choices for furniture makeovers. Painting furniture gives you the opportunity to make all of your pieces look like they belong together. 

19. Get Your Hands Dirty

Putting sweat and time into things that go into your home is very important. You need pieces lovingly worked into treasured items in your home. Make your own rugs, cushions or other decor items that your family will cherish and you’ll feel proud of your efforts in creating that special look that is individual and your own. If you’re into woodworking check out mamaneedsaproject.com. Emilee has some awesome projects for even beginners. Check out her freebie, too!

20. Buy New Things for Your Home

It’s okay to bring new things into your home if they are going to help you cultivate experiences together and enjoy your home a bit more. Investing in your home and giving yourself permission to splurge every now and then are important. It doesn’t have to be huge. Even a few new throw pillows can brighten up your rooms and put new pep in your step.

I hope you’ve found some useful ideas you can implement in your home to enjoy it more.

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