5 Tips To Fall In Love With Your Space Again
February may be the month for love, but who says that love ONLY has to be romantic?
Life gets busy with kids, pets, and work commitments. Every room in the house tends to get well-used over time, as it should. As a result, keeping on top of clutter can often take a back burner to the constant other demands of life.
And if the home is the heart of the family, before you need a triple-bypass just to function there, consider showing some love to the place that keeps you all safe, warm, and together.
Let’s take charge and make your personal space a sanctuary, a place to recharge from the stress of the outside world. I invite you to take the month of February to LOVE your space again!
Here’s a list of 5 ways to revamp your personal spaces and fall back in love with your home.
Clutter can really weigh us down emotionally as well as physically. So, taking control of clutter is essential in more ways than one. It’s the biggest obstacle to having a peaceful and functional space. It doesn't matter if the clutter is in your car, home, office, or garage. If there are clusters of stuff with no function and no logical ‘home,’ it simply doesn't belong.
Take a look around and select one area… it could be a desk, a closet, or other unruly space in the house, where clutter has become a particularly challenging roommate. Set your timer and spend up to one hour this week decluttering that space. BONUS: It might even inspire you to tackle a couple more locations.
2. Let Go of Stuff
We love our stuff…or do we?
Letting go of the things that no longer bring happiness or function into your life goes hand in hand with decluttering. I mean, what are you going to do with it if you don’t use it AND don’t have a home for it?!
So, take a look around. Are there things taking up space in your home right now that no longer serve you?
Definitely, all the things you’ve managed to cull from your decluttering above are prime suspects for release.
Letting something go not only lightens your emotional space—it creates room for something new in your life, which may not always be in the form of ‘stuff’ by the way.
And remember that if the items are broken, missing parts, or unlikely to be useful to anyone else, it is OK to throw them away. They served their purpose. So, just do it – you won’t regret it.
Lastly, if you want to avoid that clutching in your gut as you put something in the trash, remember this feeling BEFORE you bring something new home. When you embrace the concept that you are the steward for any object through its entire lifecycle, you’ll find it much easier to NOT accumulate things in the first place.
3. Fix or Replace Broken Items
Have you ever walked through a room and said to yourself “I really must get that fixed one day” only to keep walking, half-acknowledging that this isn’t the first time you’ve said it and may not be the last.
This is your invitation to get real and just accept that the same thought will linger in your head EVERY time you pass that item…and that the only way to let go of that mental clutter is to get it FIXED or REPLACED.
So, set your timer for 15 minutes max and start a list of all those annoying things around your spaces that need repair, are broken, worn out, or are about ready to simply go kaput.
Replacing or fixing simple things can refresh a worn-out space AND clear your mind of those pesky gremlins that otherwise torment you with their constant chatter about unfinished projects and the never-ending to-do list.
4. Easy Home Touch Ups
There is a lot of action taking place in our homes month after month. Over time our walls and doors can accumulate scuffs, fingerprints, dings, and chips.
The good news is that you can really freshen up a space by taking 30 minutes to walk around your home with a soapy sponge or magic eraser and wipe down high traffic areas and doors that have marks—especially white doors and trim.
You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to keep a room looking crisp and fresh by just wiping down smudges, particularly on light plates and switches.
Or, if you are like me, you might have a can of the original paint around. This will allow you to easily touch up those more aggressive spots or deal with a location that has a pop of color.
And if the current color is not appealing to you…well, maybe a new one is in your future. Color can really change the look of an entire room and might just be the key to helping you fall in love with your space all over again.
5. Corral the Cables
Cables, cables, all over the place…what to do?
I sure don’t dig the ugly look of cables or the dust bunnies that collect under and around them. But in this day and age, they are everywhere AND we seem to view the items they’re attached to as necessities.
A quick way to tidy up the appearance of any room is to corral those loose cables and bundle the cords together wherever you can. Cable ties, the twist ties they originally came with, even bread ties or Velcro work to keep the cluster together. This makes it not only look better, but makes it easier to lift them as a group when you are dusting.
And if you want to take things to a whole other level, you can label those cables, cords and adapters! This makes it so easy to identify what goes to what…especially if they don’t get put back in their place right away.
The Bottom Line
These 5 simple actions can all be done in under 90 minutes and are a great way to help you LOVE YOUR SPACE again.
Our homes come to be a personal and family time capsule of our lives. The travel items we brought home, the art on the walls, the photos surrounding us…all these objects nourish our soul. But sometimes these sentimental ‘things’ can also burden us.
The key is to uncover a simple way to control and manage your stuff instead of it controlling you. Moving through your feelings and reclaiming your space from accumulated items can be freeing and help you fall in love with your home again.
If you’re looking for support to get unstuck, and the accountability to actually get things done, we offer a simple process that helps you eliminate every obstacle and stumbling block so you can get on with your life…finally.
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