We are very lucky to be surrounded by objects and items in our homes that give us joy and happy memories, They say home is where you heart is but sometimes we stop noticing parts of our homes that we love. From photographs of friends and family to the objects that remind us of a time or place, it’s often only when they’re cleaned that we actually look at them. So here are three ways to change up parts of your home to make you see and appreciate what you have, without spending any money at all.
Shelving. Do you have bookshelves full of books that have been arranged in the same way for years? I was guilty of this but have recently started to view bookshelves more as display shelves that contain books amongst other things. You could try changing things around; stacking books horizontally as well as vertically, arranging them in spine colour, adding in photo frames and interesting objects. My new rule is that if something is on display, make it look good at the same time.
Change your surroundings. Have you ever tried hanging wall art/posters/photographs in a different place? It’s so easy to do and you might just find a new location that makes you fall in love with it again. The same is true for furniture. Measure out the different pieces and see if they can fit in a different space or room. These little changes can breathe new life into items and rooms that have been in the same place for a while. Also, just as life goes though different phases, the way we live does too. It’s worth thinking about how each room is used and if it's purpose or layout could be changed. I like to think of rooms as flexible spaces that can be altered according to our changing needs.
Bring the outside in. As with simply being in nature, being around plants improves concentration, memory and productivity. So it makes sense to bring some of the outside in to enjoy these benefits in our homes. It doesn’t have to be expensive bouquets of flowers, I actually get a lot more enjoyment from going into the garden and cutting a stem to go in a vase or bottle even if it’s just a branch or the odd flower. These tips all help to give a your home a little boost by using the things you love and already own.