You can’t stop thinking “I hate my house. I hate my house!” These tips will make your home lovable in no time! (No moving required!)
Have you ever felt like the walls of your home are closing in on you?
Maybe your family has outgrown the starter home you can’t sell. Or a friend bought a nice new house, and yours suddenly feels old and full of problems.
You may have even just bought a new house yourself, only to regret it the instant you moved in.
No, you can’t buy a new house every time you get the whim to move. But staying in your current home feels too hard.
Even if you’re in a place where you can’t spend much (or any!) money on your home, you can still find a way to escape those “I hate my house!” thoughts. In fact, if you do just 3 things, you might find that you enjoy your old home more than ever!
“Argh! I Hate My House!”
1. All the Benefits of Moving (Without The Moving Accidents)
The best part of moving is getting to start fresh. Your new house would have empty rooms that you can fill with your imagination.
Luckily, you can get the same feeling with your own house!
We emptied my daughter’s bedroom and started over. Everything was taken to the living room until we were left with only furniture.
Then, we rearranged the bed and gave the hardwood floor a good cleaning. We also changed some of the things hanging on the walls.
In the living room, we sorted and purged until we were left with only the things she loves the most. Those things were sorted into better bins and tubs that made cleaning up a breeze.
By the time we were finished, it felt like a new bedroom. It refreshed our house, and gave her a little extra incentive to keep her stuff picked up!
2. Get Rid of Stuff to Make Rooms Feel Bigger
No matter how many bags of stuff you get rid of, there always seems to be more. Clutter begets clutter. Stop letting it breed like rabbits!
If you’re like me, there’s some guilt involved in getting rid of stuff. You know you should try to sell it rather than just dumping it in a donation bin, but who has the time?
If you’re sorting through books, movies, music, or electronics, a quick and easy way to get rid of it is with Decluttr.
Scan the barcode and find out if they’ll pay you to take these unused items off your hands. Then you just mail them a box (at their cost!) and collect the money. Super easy.
3. Make Your Senses Feel Sensational
First, think about what’s making your eyes tired? Too much clutter? The same old look of the room? An ugly wall or surface?
Straighten things and rearrange furniture. Add in a few fresh flowers or potted plants.
Hide ugly surfaces with something beautiful like a picture or a tablecloth. (Or at least scrub them until they shine!)
We hung this sign over our mantel and it completely changed the look of our living room. I love seeing it up there every day.
Now, are sounds annoying you? If it’s an appliance, see if you can find a deal on a repair or replacement.
(It’s surprising how often a friend has an old refrigerator/dryer/etc lying around that they’re happy to pass on to you!)
If the sounds are coming from neighbors or other sources, first have a reasonable talk with them. They may have no idea how loud it is to you.
Failing that, try sound dampening curtains over the windows. Or just play your favorite relaxing tunes.
Certain scents always say “home”. What are yours?
Pick a couple to use (so you don’t get fatigued with the same ol’ same ol’) and don’t save them for the most special occasions. Try candles, potpourri, essential oils, or your method of choice.
There’s something amazing about curling up on the couch with a blanket and a good book. With the right genre, you’ll forget what your house looks like in a flash!
If the price of a nice pillow and an amazing cozy blanket keeps you happier in your house, that’s money well spent.
Finally, let’s talk taste. No, don’t lick the windows! Sometimes a batch of chocolate chip cookies is just right for getting you over the funky “I hate my house” mindset.
These 3 things will send “I hate my house” thoughts packing!
Those walls will feel less suffocating and more like home sweet home all over again.
Maybe what you need are some tips for fitting your large family into a small house?
How do you fall in love with your house again?