There are many little things in your home that can work against the quality of your life. These things can vary from low-key to “in your face” — it might be a mild dissatisfaction with the color of the wall, or it might be an ugly piece of furniture you look at everyday.
Think about this for a moment:
How often do you enter a room and feel bothered or unhappy with it?
How often do you want something in a given room to be different?
How often do you want to change something, but stop yourself because of time and budget concerns?
Well, here’s a piece of good news:
The solution is much simpler than you think.
If you’re unhappy, that just means something has to change, right?
This principle applies to your home as well — you just need change. Something new, something better, something exciting… And you can have that. Little by little, without rushing and without overspending, you can get there.
Nothing beats that rush of energy you feel when creating your own happiness!
So let’s get practical: you walk into a room in your home and you want to change something.
How can you make it better?
1. Repaint the Room
Few things can change the look and feel of a room like a fresh coat of paint. Likewise, few things can break you as much as uninteresting and unattractive enclosure of walls.
Seriously, we spend a lot of our time surrounded by four walls. It’s not too much to ask for them to be appealing, is it?
So have a look around — do you think the walls could use a makeover?
If so, here’s a collection of resources to help you from planning to execution:
- How to choose and buy paint. This comprehensive guide has everything you need to know about paint colours, including types of paint, and how each colour affects your mood.
- How to paint by yourself. A collection of painting hacks that will make your life a lot easier if you decide to paint the walls yourself.
- Paint colour trends this year. The biggest paint colours of 2018 to give you some inspiration and spark new ideas.
Oh yeah, you can also get free quotes from local contractors for your painting projects right here.
2. Customize Furniture
We don’t always get to choose our furniture. Sometimes it’s used, sometimes it’s old, and more often than not, it depends entirely on your budget.
But you don’t have to settle for a piece of furniture that doesn’t look like you.
You can make it look like you.
These are some of the simple (and affordable) ways you can customise furniture:
- Have you seen old furniture get upgraded? Seriously, the results are absolutely mind-blowing — check the before and after pictures if you don’t believe me.
- How to paint furniture. A beginner’s guide on how to paint over old furniture and get incredible results.
- Upgrade IKEA furniture. Get professional-looking results simply by clever use and upgrade of IKEA furniture.
- Renew old furniture on the cheap. These tricks are awesome because their results are immediate — no complicated processes, just try and see for yourself.
3. Add Greenery
Bringing a bit of nature indoors is both aesthetically pleasing and good for your health — so there’s really no reason to postpone it any further.
Here are some awesome ways you can add greenery to your home:
- Health professionals recommend it. This study has shown that women live longer when surrounded by plants!
- Plants help you sleep better. These plants are mostly low-maintenance, pleasing to the eye, and can improve the quality of your sleep.
- A guide to indoor plant care. All you need to know about indoor plant care, from picking the right one for you, to caring and maintenance.
- Indoor trees are also great. And not as crazy as it sounds — many of them are also low-maintenance and provide beautiful decorative value to your home.
- Create your own herb garden. A zen little hobby you can nurture and make good use of for brewing teas and spices.
- Try hydroponic plants. If you haven’t heard about why hydroponic plants are so awesome, you’re missing out.
Much to our dismay, clutter has a way of creeping back in no matter how hard we try to keep it out. And it’s very important to keep your home decluttered.
Clutter is directly linked to stress, anxiety, and depression — so much so that it’s possible for clutter to be a cause or a side-effect of these conditions.
Luckily, decluttering is much easier than it looks:
- Let’s declutter together. Recently I took two hours to declutter my home and it worked, so you can do it too!
- 14 things to get rid of. Everyone has these 14 things in their homes, and you can probably get rid of them right now without a second thought.
- The KonMari method. Based on the book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, these 6 short tips are what you need to know to get started.
Yes, despite popular belief, “organizing” is not the same as “decluttering”. Hence why the previous topic was “declutter” — it’s what you should do before organizing.
To put it in simple terms — you can organize your clutter in boxes and separate them by labels, but it will still be clutter. Albeit organized clutter.
So first declutter: get rid of useless things, old things, redundant things…
And only then organize what remains:
- Let’s clear that paperwork. Paperwork is usually redundant nowadays, but sometimes it’s necessary. Therefore, it’s important to organize it properly.
- The wardrobe organisation guide. Learn all the best ways to organize your wardrobe and closet once and for all, including the best ways to fold every type of clothing.
- 3 tips for each room. Every room has their own little challenges and differences. These 3 tips for each room in your home will help you keep everything in check.
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