Feeling a little down about the state of your home? Yeah, we’ve all been there. It’s easy to neglect your cleaning and/or up-keep duties a few too many times. Before you know it, your home starts to look old and faded. Everything starts to fall apart; taps leak incessantly and doors won’t stop squeaking. It’s time to bring your neglected home back to life. Let’s talk about some ways in which you could add a little character to your humble abode.
A good place to start (before you really get stuck into renovating your home) is to get cleaning and decluttering. Throw out all those old possessions you know longer want or need, all those things that you’ve been hoarding for too long. The goal is to declutter your house and open up some space. Cut down your belongings to the things that actually add something to your house and your life. That’s when the debris of your house starts to fade away and your home’s underlying character is revealed.
Your bathroom shouldn’t be a quarantine zone!
We’ve all neglected our cleaning duties from time to time, but doing this too often can make your bathroom a pretty unpleasant place in which to spend any time. Perhaps your taps have started to rust, or the tiles around your shower and bath might be covered in a little mold, and that’s unhealthy, more than anything. You need to change this situation because your bathroom shouldn’t be a quarantine zone! Okay, it might not be a room that “brings the whole family together” like the kitchen or living room (unless you can all fit around one sink to brush your teeth!). That being said, it’s a room that’s important on a personal level. Maybe you’ve had a long day at work and you just want a nice, relaxing soak in the bath. However, the bathroom is so tacky and old that you just don’t feel like spending any time in there. It wouldn’t be a relaxing environment for you.
Renovating your bathroom needs to start from the ground up, and it’s all about the small details. You could start off by tiling the floor. Stone is a good option; it’s visually appealing and timeless in nature, so you’ll never have to worry about your bathroom going “out of style” again. As for your bathroom’s new colour theme, white always works. It’s a neutral color that invites light into the room and will make your bathroom feel so much brighter. This is good advice for any room in the house, actually. Again, these small details make all the difference. If you really want to add some character and make this room feel cosy then you could even get some bath robes for the family. The bathroom will feel like your own personal spa.
Remember your garden? Tend to it.
Perhaps you catch a glimpse of the forest at the back of your house when you glance out of the kitchen window from time to time. That wild, unkempt grass and the shrubbery that’s swamped over the majority of your fence are both parts of what was once your garden. And whilst you may not feel as if your backyard is as important to your home as the interior of your household, you’d be mistaken. Doesn’t it have an impact on you? Don’t you feel a little down every time you look out of the window and see a barren landscape where your garden should be?
It’s time to tend to your garden again. It impacts the home as a whole, so it needs some love. Mowing the lawn and starting some new flower beds are two good places to start. Bring the natural side of your garden back to life – make it a colourful and visually appealing place. Beyond that, you could consider creating a patio area so that you and the family have somewhere to relax. Give yourselves an incentive to spend more time outside and treat this garden like a part of your home. Give it some character.