The month of love doesn’t have to be limited to just romance or for couples. With spring on the horizon, February is a great time to fall in love with your property again, whether that’s to get it ready for selling or just to enjoy your home to the fullest. We’ve listed some great ideas below on how to show your home some tender loving care, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Have a good old-fashioned clean-out
Set yourself a weekend aside and work through each room, making sure you are ruthless with what you need to keep and what can either be donated, upcycled (more on this later), or thrown away.
Clutter in your home can make you feel stressed, but you can also be anxious about throwing anything away, in case it’s required again in the future. However, unnecessary items such as old paperwork, ancient furniture that takes up space, clothing you haven’t worn in years, and broken kitchen appliances shouldn’t be keeping you up at night.
You’ll also find that removing this waste will mean that cleaning your home takes less time and is more of a joyful task to complete. Without having to lift up old ornaments to dust under or sifting through piles of paperwork to find that much needed council tax bill, you’ll get the job done quicker and have more time to sit down with a cup of coffee and enjoy your home.
Change your furniture around
Once you’ve decluttered, now you can have a bit of fun with your home. Investing in new furniture and fittings can be expensive, and sometimes all you need is a bit of a reshuffle to get the updated and different feel to your home that you’ve been looking for.
Simply moving a side table to the other side, or repositioning your sofa, can change the whole look of a room. What about lighting? Moving a lamp from one corner to another can instantly add depth and size to a room – and hasn’t cost you a penny.
If you do have more budget to spend, think about investing in fitted wardrobes. This can free up a lot of space that you didn’t know you had, as well as providing you with more storage for those decluttered items.
Repair any annoying snags
How many times have you said you would get around to fixing that dripping tap or repairing the broken drawer? We’re betting it’s countless. Getting these seemingly small and insignificant repairs sorted can ease your mind of extra worry.
If you have repairs that need an expert touch, such as cloudy or misty windows or a toilet that’s flush isn’t as powerful as it used to be, there’s no harm in calling in the experts. Don’t live with problems just because you’re concerned about the cost. Often these repairs won’t break the bank, especially if you contact the likes of Cloudy2Clear.
Invest in some art or ornaments
We’re not talking about Picasso or Banksy. There’s plenty of unique and new artists out there on Instagram, Pinterest, and Etsy that can fill your walls and shelves with beautiful artwork, without breaking the bank. This is a great way to support new talent, as well as making your home look amazing for less.
Try your hand at upcycling
If you’re feeling crafty and creative yourself, then you could always try your hand at creating your own artwork, adding a real personal stamp to your property. Upcycling is a great way to do this, by taking artwork or ornaments that you already have and creating something new and unique from them.
The same goes for furniture, as we mentioned earlier on in this article. Having old, unloved pieces doesn’t mean they automatically have to be donated or sent to the tip. Think about whether they can be sanded down and painted, perhaps even add new knobs or handles, and maybe even think about utilising them as outdoor furniture. An old side table can make a great drinks holder for those summer barbecues, and bookcases can be used as planters. The possibilities are endless.
Accessorise, if redecorating isn’t an option
Falling in love with your property doesn’t have to be expensive and doesn’t mean you have to redecorate and start from scratch. You might also rent your property, which means you’re limited with decorating ideas. The best way to approach both problems is to accessorise.
Adding a mirror into any room can create the illusion that there’s more space; rugs can quickly add depth and colour where needed; fairy lights give a magical, homely feel; scatter cushions provide pops of colour; and a good, sturdy house plant can transform a corner.
If you’re looking to romance your home this Valentine’s, why not contact your local branch of Cloudy2Clear Windows, to repair any failed double glazing, or replace any broken locks, handles, or hinges, without breaking the bank (or your heart).