Updated: Nov 18
3 Simple & Effective Tips that will Help You Fall in Love with Your Home Again: "Decluttering, Seasonal Maintenance, and Decor Swaps".
Just like that, the warmth of summer is slowly fading and the cool embrace of autumn will soon settle in. Now that the summer rush has past, you will likely be spending more time at home. How does that make you feel? For many, the end of summer often comes with a sense of transition... the desire to get organized and create a sense of warmth & comfort in our homes. However, if you're feeling a bit overwhelmed, disatisfied, or just not inspired with the current vibe of your home environment, don't stress – you're not alone.
In a recent survey by Zillow, conducted in June 2023, 23% of homeowners expressed their contemplation of selling their homes. What's driving this shift? While some are prompted by the need for more space due to a growing family, an equally compelling motivation is the aspiration to elevate their living environment. But here's the fascinating twist—77% of homeowners are firmly rooted in their homes, and their reason is simple: they love the place they call home.
So, with all this in mind, the question arises: How can you fall in love with your home again?
1) If You Don’t Love in Your Home Something, Take It Away:
As a new season unfolds, it's not just a change in weather; it's a fresh opportunity to reassess where you and your family stand in this current chapter of life. This is the moment to craft an environment that nurtures your aspirations and dreams. As a Professional Organizer, I often hear the sentiment, "It's just not working." When I follow up with questions like, "When was the last time your space truly served you well?" it prompts a moment of reflection. Most of us are fortunate enough to have a say in where we live, and revisiting what initially drew you to your home can be incredibly enlightening.
Moreover, looking back can help you trace significant life transitions that may have altered your routines and home organization needs.
As you declutter and let go of items that no longer enhance your life, it's not just about tidying up; you're actively reshaping your home to align with your current life stage. By intentionally curating a home filled with the things you love and that bring you joy, you'll find yourself in a much better position to rekindle your love for your home.
Fall Decluttering List:
Beach & Pool Gear
Yard & Gardening Supplies
Pro Tip: Embrace the idea that you are the steward for every item you own-from its beginning to its end. This mindset shift will empower you to be more deliberate in your choices regarding what enters your space."
2) - Treat Your Home With Love:
What if you're just not that into it, your home that is? Similar to nurturing any enduring and loving relationship, maintaining your home demands a touch of effort and care, not to mention something equally valuable – your time. When we invest time in our relationships, they flourish. In much the same way, dedicating regular time to your home's upkeep will ensure it continues to be a place of happiness and comfort for both you and your family.
But it's not just about keeping your home in top condition; it's about preventing that sense of overwhelm. Many homeowners have found that having a seasonal home maintenance routine makes it as enjoyable as a scheduled date night – well, maybe not quite as romantic, but just as important. My husban Larry and I, for example, set aside a weekend at the start of every season to give some love and care to our beloved 1940s brick home. Below is what we will be working on this weekend, if you're just getting into the routine, check out this more complete Fall Home Maintence Checklist
Fall Home Maintence Checklist:
Interior Deep cleaning
Yard work & Tree triming
Pressure wash Deck & Patio
3) - Transform Your Home with Seasonal Swaps:
Imagine revitalizing both the interior and exterior of your home with budget-friendly updates, all without the daunting task of moving. That's the transforming power of seasonal decor swaps. Begin with your most cherished living space, like your living room. Whether it's unveiling a treasured keepsake, investing in captivating artwork, or purchasing a brand-new throw, intentionally introduce something beautiful that resonates with you into a frequently used part of your home. By infusing fresh colors, textures, and elements, you breathe new life into your living spaces. And it's not just about aesthetics; it's also an opportunity to intentionally maintain and preserve your cherished items, ensuring they endure for seasons to come.
When our clients entrust us with their spaces, we pay keen attention to functionality. I encourage you to do the same. Many of us grapple with insufficient storage solutions, which often leads to clutter. Consider rearranging your furniture to enhance organization. If one of your rooms isn't quite hitting the mark or feels a touch stagnant, try shifting the layout. If you can't relocate the larger pieces, experiment with rearranging the smaller items and accessories. Sometimes, an old favorite, like your beloved side table, finds renewed purpose in a fresh spot within your home. Since many of us lack ample storage, we often leave items out in the open, but smart rearrangement can alleviate this issue and give your space a revitalized feel.
By embracing the practices of thoughtful decluttering, seasonal home maintenance, and creative decor swaps, you're taking the first steps towards rekindling your love for the place you call home. Don't wait for the perfect moment; seize the opportunity this season to transform your living space into a haven of comfort and joy. Give it a try, and you'll soon find yourself falling in love with your home all over again
So, take a moment to reflect, reimagine, and rekindle your love for your home... because the way we feel about our homes, often comes down to the state of our mondset. As you do, you'll discover that falling in love with your space again is not only possible but an enriching journey that unfolds right at your doorstep.