If there’s one thing we all love doing in our homes, it’s redesigning them. We might not spend any money, we might not put pen to paper but as we stare at our tired old walls and sagging sofa we let our imaginations soar and see our living spaces for what they could be.
Redecorating definitely can be costly. If you don’t have the DIY skills yourself then you need to get someone in. If you’re not sure quite what your living room needs, but you know it needs something, you need to get someone in. In short, form design to decorating you might find yourself outsourcing all your work.
But what if all you need is a little tweak here or a little touch there? What if you just need a few little changes that will change your viewpoint and give the room you spend most of your time in, a whole new lease of life?
We look at three things you can do to inject some pizzazz into tired rooms:
Clear the decks
You’ll know, particularly if you have children, how easy it is for toys and ‘artwork’ to mount up. At the risk of offending your future Picasso, it might be time to secretly add his or her efforts to the recycling bin to make some space and perhaps skim off some toys for the charity shop.
But that’s just half the job. Do you have piles of important letters, stacks of books, DVDs lying around? It’s time to find permanent homes for this clutter. Not just a makeshift shelter but also somewhere they will live for the long term. Either that or they need to be thrown out. As tidying guru Marie Kondo would say, if it doesn’t spark joy it needs to go.
Wash the stuff
The stuff you might not consider dirty until it’s clean, in this case walls, floors and window; such a basic but such a worthwhile thing to do. Walls that have been given a toddler makeover will be transformed while that sticky patch of unknown food item on the floor, will no longer have to be stepped over. Sparkling windows are the icing on the proverbial cake.
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Employ the power of Freecycle
If you’re bored of your three piece suite and tired tables, but can’t afford to replace with new, consider trading them in on Freecycle the worldwide network where you can lose your old and get new (to you) for absolutely free. Alright you won’t be able to grab Heritage toilets or a gold plated throne, a la the Beckhams, but you will find stuff in reasonable condition with a little searching around.
Get inspired, grab the bull by the horns and stop daydreaming about what might be and what you could do to make a change in your living room. Do your own research, source your own materials and get your declutter on. It’s time to start carrying out little changes that make big differences.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.