You bought or rented the house you live in today for a reason. What was it? Maybe it was the right price for your budget. Maybe it was in an area with lots of great schools? Perhaps it had a feature that you’d always wanted, like a pool or a balcony!
Whatever it was, there will have been at least one other thing. Because you liked it, of course! In fact, we might even stretch to say that you may have loved it!
But let’s be honest. Everything gets less exciting and shiny over time. The sheen wears off, and we become comfortable. We become blind to the things around us that we once loved. This happens in lots of different areas of our lives. It may happen with a job you were initially over the moon to be offered. It can often happen in relationships. And it can happen with our homes.
So, how can you fall back in love again? It’s certainly do-able, and worthwhile too. Let’s take a look at a handful of ways.
Make the exterior as attractive as the interior
You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression, the old saying goes. This is certainly true when it comes to our homes. But it shouldn’t just be guests you’re trying to impress with the look of your home. Impress yourself too, and fall in love by making the exterior look attractive again. Chances are it’s gotten a little tatty over time.If the thought on sprucing up your home’s exterior brings you out in a cold sweat, don’t panic. There are a number of people who you can hire to do the hard work for you! Professional gardeners can do the weeding and replanting in your garden. Meanwhile, painting contractors sort our your home’s exterior.
Spend some quality time in it
When life gets busy and demanding, our home can become more functional than anything else. So, we value them for the fact that they have a bedroom and a kitchen. But not much else. Consider this. When was the last time you spent some quality time in your home? When was the last time you just enjoyed being in your home? This place is your haven; it is yours to do with what you wish. Make the most of that freedom. Take a night off to spend some time in your home. Bake a cake in your kitchen. Take a long and luxurious bubble bath in your bathroom. While these things may seem small, they will help to reconnect you with your home once again.
Have a house ‘re-warming party.’
Here’s a fun idea; throw a housewarming party that is actually a house re-warming party. Explain to your guests what it is that you’re trying to do. They will probably be able to relate to it.
Keep the party in just one area of the house, so that cleaning the next day isn’t a nightmare! So, for small gatherings, just focus on the family room. Or, if you’ve got more guests coming, try and keep everything downstairs, for example.