1. Straighten up around the house.
Even if you don’t enjoy it, cleaning and decluttering your home can be downright therapeutic. Whether you realize it or not, those messes in your home are adding to your stress. That dog fur that’s been collecting in the corner of your living room is also occupying space in your brain.
Set a goal to sell or give away one unused item in your house every month and everytime you buy something new. Break down your cleaning goals one room at a time. Create a sorting method (keep, give away, storage) and go to town.
2. Tackle a few low-cost updates
There are tons of small updates you can do without breaking the bank. For example, you could create cubbies within a bookcase, install a new doorbell, paint your front door for a “pop of color” add a doormat, paint your kitchen cabinets, replace your cabinet handles, replace your doorknobs, switch out your outlet plates, add crown molding to your walls, buy some flowers for centerpieces, grow some grass, scrape those popcorn ceilings, add floating shelves to your bathroom, upgrade your light fixtures, or add mirrors around the house.
Adding small updates like these will make you excited to be in your home! It could even impress a prospective buyer. Focus on what you CAN change and accentuate the things you already love about your home. Dust off that bookshelf, retrieve that vintage lamp from storage, and polish your beautiful wooden floor!
3. See your home in a new light.
Proper lighting can make a huge difference in your home’s aesthetic. The best approach is to divide your home’s lighting into several layers. For the first layer, you’ll want to make sure that each room has the proper amount of ambient light, the functional light that helps you get around. Typically, you can get the ambient light you need using overhead lighting and fixtures, like recessed lights or bulbs from ceiling fans.
Once you have the basic layer of lighting covered, it’s a great idea to add what’s referred to as “task lighting.” Task lighting is lighting that’s useful for accomplishing specific tasks. (Think desk lamps, floor lamps, and vanity bulbs.)
When you add task lighting to your home, be sure to consider the height of the light source. For instance, you probably don’t want a floor lamp towering over you as you curl up in your comfy chair to read.
The last layer to consider when lighting your home is accent lighting. Accent lighting can include anything from a light that illuminates your favorite piece of art, to an elegant chandelier that hangs above your dining room table.
4. Make memories in your home
When was the last time you had guests over? When was the last time you cooked for your significant other? Or hosted a birthday party? Don’t wait for these types of moments to come along. Seize them! Commit to that long overdue ladies night!
A house cannot be a home without love, one day you’re going to look back fondly on those memories. You’ll remember how your friend Dave accidentally knocked over the entire glass tray of lasagna that you slaved over for hours or where your child took their first steps. Take some time to slow down and enjoy the place that’s become a central part of your life.
Showing your home a little love can brighten up your life in all sorts of ways. While you’re celebrating all the love in your life this month, don’t forget to appreciate that beautiful place you call home!