Over time, you stop loving what you already own because the newness/specialness begins to wear off, but that doesn’t have to be the case. You can breathe new life into your belongings by leaning into the love.
A few tweaks can help you remember why you loved your belongings in the first place.
Small tweaks, big changes
The right color can instantly change the mood of a room. It can also make furniture and wall art pop.
On several occasions, I have been to friends’ homes and asked, “Is this a new piece of furniture?” Those friends have said, “No, I just painted the walls.” It’s amazing what a new coat of paint can do! Painting your walls or furniture is a pretty minimal commitment because you can always repaint if you change your mind.
If you want to buy new furniture, that’s awesome. However, if buying new furniture is not in the budget right now you have other options.
Don’t wait. Start loving what you have right now. Use chalk paint or furniture paint to get the look you are wanting. I had some kitchen chairs that were in great shape and comfortable, but they didn’t match my new table. I gave them new life by painting them, and love the way they turned out.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to find the love. Adding a new frame to an old painting or tossing some seasonal throw pillows on your sofa are great ways to spice things up. As you add new, updated accessories get rid of the old ones. It can be a slippery slope, but a few new practical items can really help you fall in love with your home again.
House plants and fresh flowers are one of my favorite home decor accessories. Live plants increase your home’s air quality and fresh flowers always brighten up any room.
When everything is special, nothing is special
Loving what you already own is difficult if you can’t see it! Clearing away excessive amounts of home decor, broken furniture and every day clutter will make a huge impact on how your home looks and feels.
Releasing, decluttering and purging is probably one of the most loving things you can do for yourself and your family. There are loving ways to release your clutter: pass it onto another family member who will cherish it or donate it to someone in need.
Sometimes, we hang onto old pieces because they have memories or a story attached. Are you doing a good job honoring those stories and memories? Interior Designer, Jamie Price spoke with Crystal about loving what you already own and showcasing belongings so that they speak to you. You can watch their conversation HERE.
Real life examples
In the Loving Your Home Club we are always decluttering, organizing and loving our homes. Here are a few real-life members’ homes. They have done a beautiful job honoring themselves by creating homes that support their dreams and values.
Sitting Room. Gina originally had a desk in this cute space, but it wasn’t working well because this is not very private. She couldn’t concentrate with all the activity buzzing around her, so she moved her desk into the guest room. Then, she arranged a few pieces of furniture around to create this super inviting sitting area.
Living Room. After years of having the living room furniture in the same spot, Michele and her husband shifted things around. Michele admits that she doesn’t love change, but she immediately noticed a nice, positive energy shift in the room. Her favorite chair is now near the fireplace which she loves. Shifting your furniture can shift your perspective.
Coffee Station. Betty has an heirloom desk she loves, but doesn’t really use. For years, it sat next to the kitchen counter, with intentions of being used for homework. After realizing her sons prefer to work in their bedrooms she moved the desk out of this space and replaced it with a cute coffee station. She loves and uses it every day.
Loving your home doesn’t have to break the bank. You can always reuse what you already have. It’s amazing how slight shifts can make a big difference.
If you are ready to start Loving Your Home, join the Club!