It’s there for you every day…
You’ve grown and changed together…
It’s easy to take for granted…
But you’re so happy to come back to… your home!
Remember that feeling when you saw your home for the first time and just knew it was the one for you? As with any relationship it can be easy to take your home for granted and forget why you loved it in the first place when little things start to get to you – damp patches, drawers that don’t run smoothly and, at this time of year, fences that don’t want to stay standing up!
Rather than trying to avoid looking, or thinking about those niggly annoyances and surfing RightMove (starting at £1m+ obviously!), why not give your home a little TLC and fall back in love all over again!
Make a list, check it twice, do the jobs even if they’re not nice…
There is nothing more satisfying than ticking a job off a to-do list! Just as you might a shopping list, keep a checklist of any jobs that need doing around the house. This can help focus your mind on what really needs doing (and what budgets can allow for that month) as well as acting as an incentive to get jobs done!
If you’re handy with a hammer, set aside a couple of hours each month to take on those little jobs rather than letting them build up. From ‘how to fix a leaking garage roof’ to ‘how to unblock a sink’, YouTube is a brilliant resource for guides to learn how to do it yourself.
If it isn’t really a DIY job or you don’t feel confident doing it yourself, don’t just put it off. Get a handful of professionals in to quote for the job; that way you can compare prices – you don’t have to book it in there and then and at least you’ll know what it will cost so you can budget and plan the work in for when it suits you.
Speak to friends, family and neighbours to see if they have used anybody locally that they recommend and if they can’t help, there are now websites like http://www.trustatrader.com/ set up for sharing recommendations and giving you peace of mind.
From dump to desirable – take on your least favourite room or area
We’ve all got a drawer, cupboard or room we dread opening the door to… what’s going to fall out? Will you ever get it shut again? Maybe it’s your hidden dumping ground, or maybe it’s the room you never quite got around to decorating.
Figure out which is your least favourite room, or area in the house and take it on as a project. What’s the function of the room and could it be put to better use? Does it need a serious declutter – be ruthless! You may have got it for Christmas three years ago, but if it’s been hidden away ever since, maybe it could go to a better home? Does the room just need organising? If so, consider investing in new shelving and storage (drawer dividers really do divide and conquer mess!) and arrange your belongings so that they’re easy to find and access.
By giving your dump room something as simple as a new coat of paint and a sense of order, you will quickly turn it into a room you can be proud of.
Spring is in the air (nearly). Show your home some love
The idea of a ‘spring clean’ can be a little daunting. Whether you make yourself a list and tick one job off a day, or whether you’ve set aside a dedicated day to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in, work in a way that suits you and make sure you reward yourself as well as your home!
Crank up the volume to your favourite tunes to help fill you with energy and pass the time. Here’s a great playlist to get you started. https://play.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/4jCr1WuRoFiUbcqlja4dWR. Set yourself little challenges (find a home for 20 items and earn yourself a square of chocolate?!). Work in 20 minute chunks – no Facebook distraction until the 20 minutes is up! Whatever motivates you… use it!
There is nothing like that satisfying feeling of a squeaky clean home!
Woo your home
You’re not the only one who likes to be wooed. Light candles, buy flowers and play music. Create the perfect setting to fall back in love with your home.