Making Your House a Home: 3 easy tips to get started

Whether you have just moved, or maybe your house needs a fresh look, there are many ways to make your house feel like a home.

1. Declutter
Surviving the harsh Northern Idaho winter months can be difficult. Moving into spring sometimes feels like coming out of hibernation and realizing how much clutter accumulated during that time can be overwhelming. The first way to make your space feel more like home is to do some spring cleaning.

Start with one room and work your way through the house, removing whatever you have not used recently. Some people may be familiar with Marie Kondo, a professional tidier who gained popularity in 2016. “Kondo believes that simplifying and organizing are the key to a serene environment” (TMC). Kondo goes by the philosophy of removing everything from your home that does not “spark joy.” Kondo explained that she is not a minimalist, but that “tidying is about what you want to keep in your life, not what you want to eliminate” (KonMarie).

Decluttering your home can make your home more comfortable and feel more like home!

2. Rearrange Your Space
Rearranging goes hand in hand with decluttering. There are so many ways to organize a space, whether it is the furniture or the décor that needs a new home within the home! One of the best ways to find out the best set up is to do some research. There are plenty of online resources to help you find new ways to rearrange your furniture. This website offers free and downloadable graph paper furniture templates that allow you to see how furniture can be moved in a space. This is another free resource that shows many ways to organize your home along with a few tips to help with the process.

Moving furniture and décor around can really help freshen up your home.

3. Personalize & Add a Little Something
Another way to help you feel more comfortable in your home is to personalize your space. The first step here is to define your interior design style. There are hundreds of different styles, and not everyone’s style fits into one box. Style preferences can overlap and make the process more difficult!

Thankfully, there are many quizzes or tests you can take to learn what style you prefer. This website is simple to use and has a wide variety of styles to choose from. Here is another great resource to use. Once you understand the different elements that make up your style, you can take that information and figure out how to create a space you love.

Some ways you can add a little extra to your space could be adding plants, these can brighten up an area quickly! Even if your home does not get a lot of natural light, there are plants that do well in darker rooms and in all sorts of climates. It is important to do some research and find out how to take care of your plants. Although fake plants are also a great option for those who appreciate low maintenance ways of living. Other ways to add to your environment are to add mirrors, which can make a room look larger. Even adding throw pillows, blankets, or rugs can make a room seem warmer and more comfortable. Adding extra light is another fantastic way to brighten up a space, literally! This could mean replacing light bulbs or adding lamps to a room. Adding more décor to your home also gives you the chance to personalize your rooms.

There are many ways to change up your space and give you the “welcome home” feeling you might be searching for. No matter what you must work with, it is possible to make every house into a home.

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