Freshening up your living space for Summer

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Once we are settled into a home, it’s easy to let standards slip a little. When you first move in, you focus intensely on every little detail, from the shade of paint you use on your walls to the brand of small kitchen appliances. But the longer you spend in your home, the more you spend your time kicking back and relaxing, and less time worrying about your home’s appearance.

This isn’t entirely negative; it’s good to be comfortable in your home. But now and then, it’s a good idea to take a look around and question how it could be better. What would make it more comfortable? Is there anything you can do to make it a less stressful environment? How can you solve the small problems that irritate you every day? So, if it’s time for your home to receive a revamp, here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling.

Replacing Broken Items

Things break. It’s natural. But you don’t need to hang on to broken items, promising yourself that one day you’ll get round to fixing the plug or supergluing that broken teapot, but never actually doing it. Everything in your home should have a purpose and be able to fulfill that purpose so, if something can’t live up to those rules, it’s just needlessly taking up valuable space. It’s now time to get it fixed, so tackle that task straight away! Even so, sometimes it’s easier to say goodbye to broken or malfunctioning items and perhaps replace them with something more up-to-date. Recycle or donate unwanted items to charity stores. This means you won’t have as much junk lying about so you can enjoy scouring stores and markets for the most appropriate replacement. Clearing Out and Cleaning Up

I’m sure that this paragraph needs no further explanation – simply have a jolly good tidy up and get rid of any clutter that you no longer need. I recently read Spark Joy by Marie Kondo and I really recommend it if you want to clear out your home but don’t know where to start. At least if you can minimise your belongings somewhat, you’ll be able to store them away neatly and keeping your home clean will be easier too.

A Fresh Lick of Paint

If you fancy sprucing up a whole room, you might consider decorating. A lick of fresh paint on the walls of any home can do wonders. It will really freshen up your space; you’d be surprised how much dirt can build up on your walls and how bright they will look once they’ve had a rub down and fresh coat of paint. Don’t forget to do your ceilings, skirting boards and door frames too!Renovations

Sometimes you might want to change up a major aspect of your humble abode. Perhaps you want an extension or a loft conversion to create more living space. You might fancy adding a conservatory to your property so that you have somewhere to entertain guests in the summer. Maybe you want a more open plan kitchen and living space, so are considering removing a wall. Whatever your needs, make sure that you plan properly and bring in professionals to carry out the work. It’s worth investing in a building consultant with plenty of experience to help bring your plans to life. Making major changes to your home shouldn’t be a rushed process and will require specialist knowledge regarding the foundations, structure and overall design of your home. Bodge Jobs can end disastrously, so take your time and invest your money well.Let me know what ideas you have for freshening up your home this summer by leaving me a comment below 🙂

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in Lifestyle Promotion Studies and is trained in Personal Money Management. She loves to ‘get the look for less’ so regularly shares thrifty-living advice, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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