Fall Back in Love with Your House This Valentine's Day

Posted by Steph Kaye on Friday, February 14th, 2014 at 11:58am.

Home is Where the Heart is

Falling in love with a person or a thing can bring about such happy feelings, almost giddy. Remember when buying your home and moving into it? It was perfect, or there was the potential for it to be perfect. When people first move into their home, they are much more motivated to fix things and change things, but then get lazy and complacent.

The longer people live in their houses, the more they will find wrong with it and dream up projects they could do to make the kitchen more efficient, the bathroom more charming, the bedrooms cozier.

At first there was something you fell in love with and made have to have it. What the floors would look like once the old carpet was torn up, or what the walls would look like after the wallpaper was gone and with a new color of paint. Whether it was love at first sight or a relationship you knew you could build on, you probably felt that excited spark. But as with most relationships, over time you may fall out of love with your house.  You start noticing all the things that are wrong with it, and what made you love your house is forgotten.

Today is Valentine's Day, and it is time to find that passion and love for your home again. If you’re looking for some quick and easy ways to fall in love with your home all over again, give these tips a try!

Clear your kitchen counters. It doesn’t take anymore time to open up your pantry door to take the cereal out than it does to sort through the pantry items left out on the counter for convenience. Put laundry in the laundry basket or hang it back in your closet or fold it and put it in the drawer. This practice will not only save you time and effort in trying to locate what you’re trying to find, but it’ll go a long way to making you feel comfortable and relaxed in your home. Taking the time to clean up and organize your space will definitely help arose those warm and fuzzy feelings inside. Having things put where they belong, in an organized way can be very relaxing.

You can dramatically change the appearance of a room by adding a fresh coat of paint. Reflect your true personality by selecting a color that represents you best. Avoid choosing something really dark for smaller rooms with low ceilings. Color is fun and changes the mood of a space. You can go neutral with your walls and furniture, but add a punch of color with accent pillows, art, and accessories. And don’t feel like once you choose a color that it’s set in stone. Feel free to change things up according to the season. Decorating is a continuous process. Bring out citrus colors for the spring and summer, try more spicy, warm tones for the fall and bring out the glitz for the winter holidays. It’s your home, have fun with it! Don’t fall into the rut of decorating it once and never changing it again. You don’t want your home to have a date stamp on it Add color to add new life. You’ll be glad you did.

 Home is where the heart is. Your home should be a reflection of the people who live in it.  Everyone in the home have personalities, let them show.  There is a difference between how you “live” in your home and how to present the home when it’s time to sell it. If you’re not selling then make it yours. Definitely put pictures of your family and friends on the walls and of course display your child's art. Include your interests and favorite things in your decorating style. A personalized space is fun and welcoming. It should make you smile and make you look forward to going home.

Whether it is having fun setting up family dinners at the table, cleaning out a closet to make room for a neglected hobby, hanging a new charming light fixture in place of a standard builder light, finding some throw pillows in a favorite fabric, painting a wall a color you truly love, making the hearth of your fireplace the center of your family room, will make you fall in love with your house all over again. It isn't the material items that make your house a home, it is the memories and the people that make it count.

Happy Valentines Day!

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