Anyone can own a house, but it takes something special to own a home. It can be easy to turn a house into a home if you’re a new homeowner, especially if you know a few of the common tips and tricks which will help you to settle and acclimatize to space. The following hacks should help you to turn a relatively unsentimental space into something you love, which can ultimately be enjoyed by your friends and family too.
Greenery is King
Whether you’re in a smaller house or apartment with limited space to work with, or if you have a full-blown garden in the backyard, the same sentiment around greenery applies. The more the merrier! Plants are a great way to give a space a “lived-in” feel, not only because they add value to every room they are in, but they also improve the air quality in the house too. Ask for some plants if friends want to buy you a housewarming gift, and watch as the joy starts spreading throughout your house.
Create a “Cave” Just For You
While it’s great to entertain from time to time, the house definitely needs a safe space where you can relax and unwind, especially if you have a self-care routine. Commonly referred to as a “cave” or a secluded area, these rooms give you the perfect opportunity to unwind, reflect, and work on some of your hobbies. If space is a problem, especially if you own a lot of things, you can also carve out a corner somewhere that is “hands-off” for kids and your other half, letting them know that this is your space, and teaching them a healthy lesson about boundaries in the process.
Rugs can make a world of difference when it comes to turning a new space into a homely one. Carpets can be an expensive investment, but there are two added benefits from making them a part of your house. Firstly, during winter you’ll be able to keep the house warmer if you have rugs around the house, especially in rooms with floor tiles. The second is that it allows you to play with space from a design perspective. Get your creative juices flowing and consider all the different styles and colors you could play within the various rooms of the house.
A Happy Home is an Organised One
It’s easy for life to get a little cluttered, especially when we’re making a move to a new space. A happy home is not only organized but clean as well. From the second you move in, make sure you’re finding practical spaces for all your items, and that you have a cleaning schedule set up from day 1. This will help to keep things tidy, and a regular “yard sale” can also help get rid of any excess clutter that is building up in the garage. It happens so quickly, and after the sale, you’ll be happy to have a couple of extra dollars in your back pocket. This is another step towards turning a house into a home and is an important one if you’re thinking about staying in the same place for a couple of years.