After a few years of living in your dream house, chances are you’re starting to feel restless. The home you loved is no longer as dreamy or appealing as it once was. Now you have clutter, boring colors, chipped off paint, and a host of other problems that bog down the beautiful home you once had.
But restoring your home to its former glory doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. There are small steps you can take to make your dream house impressive and adorable once again. Here are twenty easy steps that could help you revive the house you love.
Mow your lawn, pull the weeds, and do a bit of landscaping.
The word “landscaping” seems like it requires professionals for it to work. In reality, all you need to do is to maintain your yard or your garden by pruning and trimming your plants.
There’s not a lot of work involved; you just have to be diligent in keeping your plants in good shape.
Plus, of course, you need to mow your lawn. It’s the first thing anybody sees when they approach your house, and an unkempt lawn speaks volumes about the house and the owners.
If you tend to have unused items in your garage, shed or just between your home and your neighbor’s house, get rid of it.
Throw it in the garbage, or take it to the local dump yard.
There is nothing worse than driving up to a house and the first thing you see is junk lying around.
Paint your house. Yes, it takes work to repaint the outside of your house, but a fresh coat of paint does wonders in updating a home.
Nothing says “clean” like a fresh coat, right? With just a coat of paint your home looks brand new already.
Clean everything. Seriously. Everything. You don’t need to spend a dime here, but you’ll be expending a lot of hours and effort to clean your whole house.
It’ll pay off, though. Once you are finished, your home will definitely feel a lot more inviting.
Sometimes, it’s all about reclaiming lost space from all the unnecessary things you’ve been keeping in your home too.
Switch It Up
Change up your décor. Is that same painting still hanging up years after you first decorated your house?
There are some things that stand the test of time; others grow old and no longer fit the new aesthetic you have in mind.
Get rid of décor you no longer like. Maybe you kept it around only because you were too lazy to redecorate.
Use new knick-knacks or put up a few updated pictures of you and your family to change up the décor.
Move Your Furniture
Move furniture around. Again, this takes time and effort but won’t cost you anything.
If you’ve had your home a certain way for years, you need to make a few changes to break up the monotony.
Rethink your furniture arrangement and make some simple changes. It is amazing how by just moving a few things around in each room you can suddenly feel like you are living in a new space.
Try a New Color Scheme
Change your color scheme. If you’ve been living with the blue walls you thought were great when you first moved in, maybe it’s time to try something different.
Really, the fastest way to give your home a facelift is to repaint the walls or change the wallpaper. Try some different colors.
Invest in New Flooring
Re-carpet and replace tiles. Nothing shows wear and tear quite like the floor can.
It can be very expensive to re-carpet your home completely, so your next best option is to have your carpet cleaned thoroughly.
Another thing: replace tiles if you can. If the overall look still appeals to you, replace only the tiles that are cracked or damaged, then have the rest cleaned.
Rethink your lighting. Replace your old school bulbs with more energy efficient bulbs. These are better in the long run.
If you want to replace your light fixtures with something more modern, but not too expensive, check out the lighting department at Home Depot or Lowes for new fixtures. Quite often you will find great deals.
Spruce Up Your Cabinets
Refinish your kitchen cabinets. You don’t have to replace entire cabinets; that would be too expensive. Instead, get someone to refinish your cabinet doors for you and add shiny new knobs on each cabinet door. They’ll be good as new in no time.
Bring Your Garden Indoors
Add fresh flowers. If you don’t want expensive décor, then bring fresh flowers into your home. It’s best if you bring these in from your own garden. That will save you money and they will always be fresh.
Find Cool Doorknobs
Replace your doorknobs. These do get worn down, too, so it’s best to replace them with shiny new ones. It’s the fastest way to get a “new” feel.
Dress Up Your Windows
Replace your curtains. It doesn’t take much, but replacing your curtains immediately gives the space a new look.
Check Out Pinterest
Look up new ideas online. There are a lot of inspirations online these days, especially on Pinterest. See if there are any decoration ideas you’d like to incorporate.
Mirror, Mirror On The Wall
Add mirrors. Mirrors increase space and make a room look bigger than it really is. Hanging up a lovely mirror can change the room significantly.
Shiny New Faucets
Change your faucet and shower fixtures. These tend to look shabby over time, so it pays to replace them with nice clean new ones.
Add Some Area Rugs
Hide carpet stains (the ones you can’t remove) with rugs. It’s a cheaper alternative to re-carpeting your whole floor.
Light up your patio. It’s one of the most important areas of the home, but people often ignore the patio. Use patio lanterns to bring a little life to your patio.
Get it Fixed
Do a thorough maintenance check. Get professionals to fix and repair all the problem areas in the house. A dreary home can bring you down, so make sure everything is in good working condition.
Sell your unwanted knick-knacks and furniture. You don’t want clutter, and you don’t know where to put them anyway, so just sell them off. Garage sales are great.
Invest in a New Door
Paint the garage door or replace it. Nothing says shabby like a garage door that looks like it’s been battered for years. Replace it.
Next time you think it is time to move, consider working on the above ideas first to see if you can save money by simply freshening up the house you are in.