After the Holidays, once all the decorations come down, my home always feels a litter bare and not put together. I find that things have been moved around due to the seasonal décor and I always feel uninspired because of the cold weather... so this year I thought, "What can I do to get out of this funk and make our home feel good again?" Here are eight small things I'm going to be doing over the next few weeks... plus, most of them won't cost you a dime!
P.S. - With our bathroom in the middle of a renovation... Once it's finished, I'm definitely going to be ready to tackle number 7! We actually have so much storage in that bathroom but I was not using it to it's full potential.
7 small things you can do right now to refresh your space
1. Change Out Greenery
This one is so simple but can make such a big impact. I always keep a vase on our dining room table; since there's only two of us (and we rarely use the dining table), it's easy to keep it on the table as décor... and when we have company over, I simply move it off the table when we're ready to eat. My point is, with every new season, I switch out the greenery in this vase. I typically use faux greenery so I always have it on hand... but this simple change can make our dining space feel new. In the Spring and Summer I like to use eucalyptus... Once Fall hits I will use more of a foliage branch, with leaves on it & around the Holidays I switch it out for evergreen branches. In the Spring and Summer I also buy fresh flowers occasionally... and then switch out the vase to something more practical for water. There is nothing better than fresh flowers from the Farmer's Market in the Summer!
2. Change Up Your Pillow Covers
I have a lot of pillow covers. If you've been following along on Instagram for awhile, you'll also know that I rarely buy a pillow if it doesn't have an insert or a removable cover - this makes it very easy to swap out your pillow covers. I keep all our pillow covers in the office closet and when I'm in the mood for a change, I simply wash the existing covers and put on new covers. It's like we have a new sofa - it's pretty satisfying to "shop your home" and make a room feel new using items you already have.
3. Restyle Open Shelving
This is something that I struggle with but hope to challenge myself to do more this year. We have open shelving in our dining room and I NEVER change the décor up. When in reality, this is the easiest way to make your space feel new. This is another instance where you can easily "shop your home", switch out décor from other rooms and rearrange your shelves a bit.
4. Swap Out Your Bedding
Honestly, we actually have quite a few bedding sets... but they're all white (of course). I switch out our sheets quite often but this year I'd like to build our bedding collection a little bit. I'd love to introduce some variety in color and even material. If you don't want to spend any money on new bedding, you can also change the decorative pillows that you use on your bed... reverting back to #2 on this list. Like I said, pillows are one of the easiest and inexpensive things to change.
5. Move Artwork Around or Switch Art Prints
Moving artwork around is easier said than done... usually artwork is nailed to the wall and if you move it, you need to patch holes. However, if you're renting your space and maybe used command strips to hang the artwork? Than that is ideal for you! Since we do not rent our home, we have put quite a few holes in the wall... so, this year I'm already planning on swapping out art prints & family photos. For example, our acrylic gallery wall will be getting an update! I want to print out new family photos from this past year and replace the existing ones. We've had the same photos in those frames for over a year now... so I think it's time for a change. Nathan also brought up the idea to switch out the black and white patent prints we have in our family room - so we may change those too. This is an easy, usually very inexpensive way, to change the look of your space.
6. Purge All The Things
I tend to purge at random times... I am not one of those people who hoards things, I actually enjoy getting rid of junk and things we don't need. Luckily, Nathan is the same way and we usually clean out our (clothing) closets two or three times a year; and I just recently did it. I like to try and stick to a rule of thumb when I clean out my closet... if I buy a new article of clothing, I like to get rid of something I haven't worn in awhile. Although, I will do a couple of large cleanouts each year. This helps keep my closet the same size and not over crowded. The next items I plan on purging are our linen closets and under our sink cabinets. Being in the middle of a bathroom renovation has definitely helped me see how much random stuff we have and how much of it we do not use. Cleaning out closets and drawers will help you feel more organized and it will help your home feel more "clean & put together".
7. Organize a Closet
After you "purge" items in your closets, it will only make sense that you put everything back in an organized manner. This can be as simple as re-folding everything or putting items back in a different way that makes more sense with how you use that cabinet... this doesn't mean that you have to go out and buy all of the bins and baskets to organize a closet. Can you do that? Sure, but it's not necessary. I can guarantee that if you pull everything our of the cabinet or closet & simply put it back - it'll feel like a whole new space. You'll also be asking yourself what you can organize next... because the feeling of satisfaction will be addicting!
I plan on tackling most, if not all, of these things within the next few weeks! I hope this helps you find a little inspiration through your home!
Talk soon, friends!