So, you recently visited a friend’s house and now you wish yours look just as beautiful. Did that Marie Kondo Netflix marathon give you the itch to make some changes at home? If you’ve been binge-watching home decorating shows or have been looking through online magazines about interior design, you may start to feel that your own space is inadequate. While this may be a common scenario, you don’t have to feel inferior. After all, there’s no home that’s truly perfect. In fact, if you ask other people currently living in what you think is your dream home, chances are they’ll tell you they wish they could change things up a bit, too. The secret to happiness at home is finding ways to stay positive and improve your surroundings and quality of life.
Fortunately, you don’t have to make major renovations just to give your current home a fresh vibe. By thinking about new ways to utilize your available floor space, you might fall in love with your home again. With some simple decorations and additions to your home, you can give your space a much-needed facelift. Here are some things you can try:
Free up some square footage
Your cramped living situation might just be a result of having way too much stuff. Look through all of your current possessions and identify which ones you’re ready to toss. Doing so will not only give you more space but will also streamline all the other areas of your home. If you don’t know where to start, go through your linen closet. If you’ve been living in the same house for years, chances are you already own a pile of bedsheets and pillowcases. Do you need all of them? Perhaps you can even turn your linen closet into your craft space instead.
Next, move on to bigger things. Get rid of all the useless, outdated stuff you have and look for possible new owners.
Give your rooms a new purpose
Perhaps the problem is not with your current home’s layout, but with the way you’re using all your available floor space. Typical homes mostly have a formal dining room, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s the only way you can use it. If you rarely have time to gather everyone around the dining table, why not turn it into another space instead? A display area for books, additional storage for your kids’ toys, or a meditation corner are just some of the options.
Divide your space using non-permanent fixtures
Much like in office spaces, the open concept is a highly popular option in home design. However, it’s not for everyone. Imagine encouraging your teenagers to finish their schoolwork when their study area is right next to a noisy kitchen. Are you a fan of online shows but also have to look after a busy toddler? It can be truly challenging when you have an open concept layout. But if you’re not ready to make permanent changes to the way your spaces are divided, you can use furniture pieces, screens, and bookshelves to serve as partitions.
Finally, don’t let this discourage you from watching your favorite home shows. After all, you can still get inspiration from them. What you need to realize is that your home may only need some minor changes to feel brand new once again.