Maybe you used to love your home but now you’ve lost that spark. Or maybe you’ve never loved your home (or apartment) but would like to, or at least learn to be content in it. If so, here are 5 tangible ways (using our 5 senses!) to love our homes again.
10 Simple Ideas to Love Your Home (Again)
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1. // Remove Unnecessary Items
Are you sick of hearing of Marie Kondo yet? I’m a minimalist and even I’ve about had my fill. But, this step is still so important! This will be the biggest section so I am going to spend the largest amount of time on it. Before I get into the “fun” visual tips, we have to talk about the not so fun word – decluttering.
The pile of towels sitting on our couch or the stack of papers on our dining room table stresses us out. They are not pretty to look at and every time we see them it reminds us of another item left undone on our to-do list.
Also, unnecessary clutter takes up unnecessary space in our homes. It forces us to clean more – because we have more stuff to move around – and takes up precious mental space. When our homes are clean, clutter-free, and organized it allows us more time to focus on what matters most.
- Clean up! (Check out this DIY all-purpose cleaner DIY all-purpose cleaner)
Oh, and the great news is that this step is FREE and will bring the biggest transformation in your home.
2. // Color
This is one of my favorite tips. I love either all white rooms or bold, bright colors. There are no in-betweens. If it were up to me, I’d paint every wall white but since that does not appeal to my husband we have color on our walls. Marriage is about compromise, right?
Paint is a simple change that makes a HUGE difference. Yes, it comes with a cost and definitely takes some time to finish, but once it’s done it can change any space. (If you want to see a more dramatic transformation, my husband and I knocked down two-walls when we redid our kitchen.
I love the color light pink and have even painted all my apartment bedrooms in that color. (Shout out to my husband who had to help me paint them.)
Right now, we have a nice light neutral on all our walls. It’s Sea Salt from Sherwin Williams. I am a big fan of SW paints and would recommend them. They are quality paints and clean well. The most important part is to pick a color YOU love. White, pinks, and blues make me happy. Find what colors make you happy. If you need some help getting started, find out how paint colors affect our mood.
3. // Light
And God said let there be light! The majority of us like light-filled airy rooms, right? So if you often leave your curtains shut or blinds down – open them up. If your home is dark, paint your walls a light color. You can also hang up more mirrors to reflect the light more.
4. // Patterns
Patterns bring visual interest to a room. One way to bring patterns into a room is by using wallpaper. My friend helped me wallpaper my baby’s nursery. You can find beautiful floral wallpaper at Anthropologie, ocean waves on Etsy, or even farmhouse plaid wallpaper on Amazon.
Besides wallpaper, wall stenciling is also making a comeback. I plan on stenciling a wall in my sunroom. Not only is it cheaper than wallpaper, but will be easier to change in the future. If you end up stenciling a wall make sure to use acrylic or latex paint as they adhere to walls best.
Step One is to remove any unpleasant smells. I have a baby, so I understand unpleasant smells. Take out the trash. Empty the diaper bin. Clean out the fridge. Then if the weather permits, open the windows. Nothing can clear out the air better than some fresh air.
Now it’s time to create some wonderful smells. Smells are powerful and can even transport us to the past. Ever smell a perfume you used in high cool? I can’t help but think of my high school days whenever I come across Victoria’s Secret “Love Spell.”
Light candles. Bake chocolate chip cookies. Diffuse your favorite essential oils. Buy fresh flowers. I’d avoid any plugins though because they are often filled with chemicals. Sadly, I also avoid most candles for the same reason. Look for candles made with soy and essential oils.
Touch is such an important factor in loving our home. I like to touch my baby’s cheeks, pet my cat, and feel warm water in a bath. You can bring in touch through soft throw blankets, cozy sweaters, or yes, even take a bath. It’s important to round out our senses in our home.
Taste! Keep good food around. Simple right? I like to eat healthy because it makes me feel better, but the food also has to taste good or I don’t want to eat it. I also know that we have to have some things around that aren’t necessarily good for our bodies, but sometimes are good for our souls. Hello, chocolate and peanut butter. A delicious, home-cooked meal can also help you love your home a little more.
This last one is a little bit unusual. What kinds of sounds make you feel at home? I love to hear my baby laugh, my cat purring, and my sound machine at night. During the day I like silence as much as possible (it helps me write) but if I clean I usually like to blast music. I also love white noise.
For many of you, you can’t live without music and like playing it constantly. Bring more sound into your home that brings you joy.
Last minute exercise: before you begin list 5-10 things that you love about where you live right now. It could be close to work, close to family or friends. Maybe it’s affordable. Or maybe it’s where you make memories with loved ones. There are always blessings hiding in every situation we’re in and it’s good to remind ourselves of them too.