Working from home has a big advantage: you’re at home the whole day. Any guesses for what the disadvantage is to working from home? Yep, you’re at home the whole day. Which means, that you get to notice the clutter, the dust, the peeling off paint, the lack of space. Yes, you get to notice a LOT about your home.
And very often, the feelings of discontent and disappointment start to set in. I know.
So, this Valentine’s Day, as I get ready to make heart mobiles with my daughter, I’m also committing to LOVE my house. Just the way it is.
Here’s how you, too, can love your home starting today:
1. Rotate Accessories
Do you have all your home décor accessories out all the time, all the while? Do what all smart moms do with kiddie toys and keep away a few inside. Bring them out after a while and keep a few others back inside. Rotating accessories keeps the element of freshness and newness alive without spending a dime.
2. Keep it Clean
Clean surfaces look nicer. Create a workable schedule to ensure that your home is clean most of the time. Have a deep cleaning schedule as well for keeping light fixtures, windows, doors and walls free of dust and grime as well. If cleaning home is not your forte, consider hiring help. Keep a few quick and easy cleaning tips up your sleeve for sprucing up the house instantly.
3. Declutter Regularly
Every week, pick 5 or 10 things that you no longer need, use or care for. Then, put them in a bag and either donate them or sell them. Spend 10 to 15 minutes every other day, decluttering a drawer, shelf or box. Clutter-free spaces look more appealing, don’t they?
Decluttering periodically ensures you don’t accumulate stuff that you don’t need and ugly up your home. Need more decluttering tips? Check out this quick 10-minute declutter series and yep, don’t forget to download my FREE Organizing eBook.
4. Add Splashes of Color
You’d be surprised at what a vibrant throw can do to your living room or a couple of brightly colored cushions can do to the bed. Adding splashes of color is an instant perk-me-up and I’m planning to rotate brightly colored accessories for a burst of energy through our house.
5. Add Greens
Plants and flowers are yet another inexpensive way to brighten up the house. I’m on the hunt for some low-maintenance indoor plants and would love some recommendations from you gardening peeps. But yes, bring in some green to liven up the house and breathe in fresher air as well.
6. Spruce up the Bedroom
Create an oasis of calm and serenity in your bedroom. Let it be a space where you can soak in comfort in the midst of a crazy day. Nothing fancy. Clean, crisp sheets, clutter-free spaces, colors that please our eye and a collection of books and music that feed our minds should do. What say?
7. Decorate the Walls
Bare walls are boring. Yes. Immensely. However, walls covered with “stuff” are overwhelming. So, I’m striving to find a balance and decorate walls with photos and inexpensive art sourced from thrift sales. Some decorative shelves or even, a nice mirror can add life to a room.
8. Learn DIY Décor
Want to love your home and do more with it? Learn some DIY décor tips and ideas. Home décor like, fashion is all about finding your personal style and being comfortable with it. Whether traditional or kitschy, rustic or modern, find what suits your family and lifestyle the best and learn how to work it. Sites like, Apartment Therapy, Nesting Place, Real Simple and Good Housekeeping have TONS of ideas to inspire the decorator in you.
9. Use Aromatherapy
I love the smell of cookies and cakes wafting through our home. But if I want our home to smell like a bakery, I’ll have to give up my goal of fitting into my old clothes. So, instead, I’ll settle for citrusy lemon essential oil and use my diffuser to keep our home smelling lovely when entertaining. I’ve also “spiced” up my homemade all-purpose cleaner and love how our home smells of cinnamon and cloves. Add some nice aromas to your home and you’ll love hanging out there!
10. Entertain at Home
Inviting people over is a great way to see things from a different perspective and learn to love your home even more. You’ll also learn to see your home with new eyes. Try it. Here are some easy entertaining tips to help you get started.
11. Change ONE Thing
Since we’re mostly on a shoestring budget when it comes to decorating our home, we like to pick just ONE thing that we can change and then, do that. The next big change happens when we save up for it. We got new curtains when we moved into our new rental and it was the best decision ever. A little recently, we invested in a bookshelf (see above). From a thrift store. But still. It brightened up our living room. So, see what is the one thing that you could change easily and then, go for it.
12. Dim the Lights
Lamps and soft lighting are a great way to add warmth and coziness to rooms that may otherwise seem cold and uninviting. We have a few lamps in our living room/dining area and a couple in the bedrooms. Just switching them on every evening puts me in a good mood.
13. Use Your Home
Yes, despite the fact that we, my husband and I, work out of our home, we are guilty of not really using it. You know, not eating in the dining room and just working from there, or neglecting the balconies. Using your home and everything it offers you is a great way to appreciate the comfort and the loveliness that is already present. So, clean up that balcony and keep away the laptop and sit down at the table to eat like a family. Yes, that is a note to myself but you know what I mean.
14. Indulge Your Home… Occasionally
We all love to be indulged and I’m sure our home feels no differently. Try to save up a little for that amazing painting or invest in some super-soft Egyptian cotton sheets. A little indulgence can go a long way in deepening your love for your home.
How do YOU love the home you’re in? Do tell me your “homely” love story in the comments!
Photo 1: The Living Room
Photo 2: Christian Tandjung