Do you ever feel like you’ll decorate better or try harder at your next house? You know, the perfect one?
I struggle all the time with wanting to just wait and do the bigger and better decorating projects at my next house—the one I’ll presumably own not rent. This usually happens when I’m frustrated with the small space my rental offers, the inability to change the wall color in the kitchen and my unwillingness to put the money into updating the fixtures on a place I rent.
But, I wonder, do homeowners struggle with this too? Do you struggle to find the courage, time or creativity to transform your home from one that’s ‘fine’ to one you adore?
I’m betting so. If you’re not dreaming of owning a new home like me, then maybe you’re waiting until you have enough money to buy that new rug or you’re counting on inspiration to finally strike so you can paint your bedroom the perfect wall color. If it’s not one thing, it’s another.
Our home struggle similarities bring up a more important question. What are we waiting for?
Most of us spend the majority of our lives in our homes. We eat, sleep, relax and hang out there—and so much more. It’s where we live, duh. Why are we okay with waiting to make our homes our favorite places to be?
I know I’ll have to remind myself of these words often. Every time I wish I could change the light fixture in my bathroom or itch to paint my front door, but there are ways to make my home awesome without messing up my security deposit.
Here are a few easy ways you can update your home, whether you’re a renter or a owner.
1. Rearrange what you have
So simple, but so true. If you’re bored with a room, rearrange your furniture. Sometimes a simple switch up might just transform a room into exactly what you’re looking for. Try a different arrangement, even if you don’t think it will look good. You might be surprised! And don’t be afraid to move furniture from room to room. That end table that wasn’t working in the living room might be just what you need to corral items by the front door.
2. Buy new—in something small
When you want a new couch, rug or drapes, but know it’s just not in the budget, opt for a smaller purchase. A new tea towel to dress up your kitchen. A bouquet of flowers. Or, better yet, a plant. Small touches—even ones for less than $5—can make a space feel brand new.
3. Don’t wait to hang
Many renters (or home owners) don’t want to bother hanging items on the walls. I know I’ve been there. Maybe it’s because you know you’ll be moving. Or, maybe it’s because you don’t want to fix the hole. Buy some spackle. Hang that mirror, those shelves or those pictures. You’ll feel better, trust me.
4. Paint what you can
Hate your wall color? Landlord won’t let you paint? Then, paint a big piece of furniture—think dresser, bookcase, buffet or table—the color you wish you could paint the walls. I’m all about classic, crisp white lately. The walls at my current rental are actually quite a pretty light grey, but my all-white dresser has lived in several rentals, and as one of the larger pieces of furniture I own, I always love all of the white it adds to a room.
5. Look at what’s in storage
What do you have stored away? Sometimes you can find long-forgotten items in the back of a closet that can instantly refresh your home. You’ll be adding something new without actually buying anything new. Recently, I rediscovered a stack of embroidery hoops in a crate in my storage/laundry room. I added a few swatches of fabric and now I have one hanging in my gallery wall and a few others dressing up other areas of the house. I have all new décor—for free!
Now’s the time to make your home the home of your dreams. Don’t wait! Incorporating just one of these changes will make you feel like you have a brand new space. Promise!