I adore my house. I realise I’m very lucky to live where I do in the house that we’re in.
But, like everything, I can sometimes get complacent about it. I don’t see how lucky I am. I just see toys and crap everywhere! And I get really frustrated and mutter things like “this f*cking house is always such a f*cking mess” when really it isn’t. With just a few minor tweaks I’ve managed to fall in love with our house again. And they haven’t cost the Earth.
Here’s a few easy (and frugal) things you can do to fall in love with your house again if, like me, you sometimes take it for granted:
- Declutter. Tidy. Sell stuff you no longer need/use/want online or at a car boot sale. Donate it to charity. Recycle it or give it away. Just get rid of the mess. A cluttered house means a cluttered mind. It interrupts your thoughts and makes it harder to concentrate. By decluttering, you are leaving space in your surroundings which, in turn leaves space in your head. You get clean lines and tidy surfaces back. It’s extremely cleansing and has many benefits; not just in how much you love your space, but for your physical and mental well being too.
- Invest in some artwork. It doesn’t have to be super expensive – it can even be your own photos on canvasses or your child’s artwork framed and hung on the wall. But make sure it adds character to your space. It will give you something to focus on and make the room more interesting for you and for your guests.
- Accessorise! Pick an area you look at a lot and give it a makeover! Declutter it first and then give yourself a spend limit. As little as £15/£20 can get you some lovely accessories from places like IKEA, Wilko, Primark and all the big supermarkets. I revamped this chest of drawers in our guest room for a grand total of £16 by buying accessories at Aldi and Primark.
- If you’re anything like me you have tons of photobooks. We try and get family holidays and big events made into photobooks. The problem is that they’re just shoved on a shelf somewhere and we never really look at them. I’ve started to display one on our sideboard and rotate it on a weekly basis. I enjoy looking through them and so do the rest of the family and any guests that visit. It’s a talking point but, more importantly, it reminds us of really good times.
- Flowers. I love fresh flowers. They brighten up whichever space they are in, add a bit of colour and add a bit of life! I buy a bunch each week and mix up the colours and types I buy so that I never get bored of seeing them.
So there we go; simple, quick and frugal tips for falling in love with your home again. Have you got any more? Leave me any ideas in the comments – I’m always looking for new ways to improve my home 🙂