The ongoing pandemic has forced many people to spend A LOT of time at home—more so than we are used to. If you are a tired of looking at the same walls and in need of something new, try freshening up your living space with a few changes.
Redecorating is a fun way to update your living space and let your personality shine. Even though it might sound a bit silly, redecorating can be an incredibly liberating and rewarding experience.
Although some may think so, redecorating isn’t just an excuse for you to go out and buy new home decor. Redecorating can be a form of self-love and give you the boost you need when feeling down. Whether you just went through a bad break-up, feeling overwhelmed by work, or simply in need of a different vibe, redecorating can offer you a clean slate and make it easier to move forward in your life.
Clear the Clutter
One of the first things you should do when redecorating is to get rid of some of your “old” belongings. Not only will it free up more space for fresh ideas, but it can rejuvenate you in ways you didn’t expect. Decluttering comes with a lot of mental health benefits, including:
- Boosted confidence;
- Decreased anxiety and stress;
- More energy;
- Increased feelings of control.
Clearing away some of the belongings that make your home feel chaotic or cluttered can inspire your redecorating efforts. Plus, you can give yourself an added boost of liberation by being productive with those belongings. Consider donating them to a local thrift store or charity. You can also gain some extra cash by, selling them—either online or by having a garage sale. You can use this money to buy new home décor items or furniture for your remodeling upgrades.
Once your clutter is cleared, you can look around and use your clean space as an opportunity to rediscover who you are. That’s when the fun of decorating begins.
Choose Your Style
The great thing about redecorating your space is that there are no rules. Your home should be a reflection of your personality and style. The best part? You don’t need to have any previous design or decorating experience to create a space you love.
If you’re looking for inspiration, consider checking out the latest home design trends. Things like carved furniture, earth tones, and mid-century modern accents are “in”, and might appeal to you or inspire you to get started. You can also put as much preparation into the design process as you’d like. To make it easier on yourself, try some of the following tips:
- Create a “mood board” with different elements you want to include;
- Take paint samples and try them out on your walls;
- Transform some of your existing belongings into something new;
- Measure your space dimensions to account for new items.
It’s important to remember that the redecorating experience should be fun and exciting, not stressful. Don’t set up a deadline for yourself, and avoid thinking you need to spend a lot of money to create a welcoming space.
Decorating on a budget is completely possible if you prioritize your purchases and DIY a few projects. You may not have to purchase many things at all if you’re willing to breathe new life into your existing items. Sometimes, a fresh coat of paint and rearranging your current furniture and artwork can still provide a sense of novelty that makes you feel better about your space.
Don’t Forget the Curb Appeal
The inside of your home should feel like a sanctuary, especially if you’re going through a difficult time. But, you can feel even more liberated by redecorating your home exterior, too. It’s the first thing you’ll see when you arrive home each day, and creating a relaxing and inspiring outdoor space will make you want to spend more time outdoors—that alone can be a big boost to your mental health.
There are plenty of ways you can reclaim your outdoor space and make it feel more like your own. Consider starting a small herb or vegetable garden. It’s a great way to ensure you’ll spend more time outside, and nurturing something to come to life will offer an incredible feeling of accomplishment.
You could also make your backyard feel just as much like a sanctuary as your home interior. Create a gathering place for friends and family. Install soft lighting. Add colors and other décor items that set the mood you want for a relaxing outdoor experience. Whether you want to read a good book outdoors on a lazy afternoon or cook dinner for your favorite people and dine al fresco, your home exterior should be just as rejuvenating as when you step inside.
Whether you’re going through a hard time or you just feel like you need to hit “reset,” redecorating is a great way to remember who you are and practice self-compassion. Keep these ideas in mind to give yourself a fresh start and make your house feel more like a home that reflects who you are.
Noah Rue is a journalist and content writer, fascinated with the intersection between global health, personal wellness, and modern technology. When he isn’t searching out his next great writing opportunity, Noah likes to shut off his devices and head to the mountains to disconnect.