How many items do you have lying around waiting to be fixed? This is the one thing that will drive me nuts, seeing things needing to be repaired or finished.
An an empty nester who doesn’t work outside the house, I spend a lot of time at home. I want my home to feel inviting and comfortable. Yet, I was living with yellowed cabinets, an ugly mirror, a broken drawer pull in the kitchen and even a leg broken off my loveseat. Maybe one broken or ugly item might not have been so bad, but all added up it gave my home more the look of being inhabited by someone who didn’t care what their home looked like.
The following image is from Pinterest. I used to have a fridge like this one, many years ago, but it was mostly brown. I say mostly because with years of use it had instead pinkish tones where it received the heaviest wear. Yet this blue color and the stencil hide signs of age that would distract from the freshness of the rest of this kitchen.
Yes, I love my apartment but it has needed a few tweaks to make it feel like a home. I have been on a mission to add a freshness to my apartment. Little things like ugly and broken drawer pulls are things that will distract us from enjoying our space, especially when living in a small space.
Another thing that bothers me, in any size home, is clutter on the counter top. This next idea is both attractive and functional while clearing off the counter.
No matter what style of home you have, if you rent vs own, if it isn’t in good repair or the things which fill your rooms need some TLC your rooms will look unloved and neglected. It doesn’t have to be something major that distracts you from enjoying your space, especially if you live in a tiny home, it can be as little as dead leaves on a houseplant. What a different feeling you would have to walk into a room where these daffodils were wilted and dying.
Spring is coming, if not already here where you live, or you may be moving indoors for autumn and winter if you live in the southern hemisphere. Instead of trying to ignore something that bothers you, why not take care of it today so you can enjoy the time you spend at home.
Even outdoors I like my things, even if pulled out of a dumpster, to look nice.
Making a few changes doesn’t have to be expensive. A new drawer pull can cost as little as $1.50 and paint can be had for less than $5, or free if someone you know has some left over.
When I totaled up the cost of the updates I’ve made over the last few weeks I found I only spent $18.
Is there something that bugs you about your home? Could you fix it for less than $20?