The First Steps To Improving Your Home (Part 1)

There are so many home improvement tips available in books, magazines and even online that it sometimes it can get really confusing and you realize that you just don’t know where to start. Before you start opening those tool boxes, hammer away, and start renovating, take a deep breath, look around house, and start with the basics. There’s a lot you can already do without the hammer and wallpaper.


1. Declutter.

So what if your crush in second grade gave you his art project? Do you really need that haphazardly painted figurine, or that dilapidated greeting card? Is it necessary for you to hold on to every piece of sentimental memory that is no longer relevant to your existence?

The first step to improving your home is to declutter. Take out the things you have no use for. If you still find love letters from the 70’s useful because they were given to you by your then-suitor-now-husband, then stow them all away in a box and perhaps keep them somewhere in the attic, not amongst the lingerie in your drawer.


2. Live within your space, and within your means.

If you have a low-ceiling living room, don’t even attempt to buy that adorable two feet high Swarovski chandelier. It doesn’t make sense to break and damage that magnificent piece of art when your 6- foot tall brother strides across the room in Shaquille O’Neal fashion.


One of the most ignored and violated of home improvement tips is living within one’s means. Man---and more so women---is capricious by nature and often gives in to impulse buys, never mind if he wallows in debt for the rest of his life and regardless if that chandelier won’t fit in with the rest of the small studio’s modest furniture.  If you can’t afford it and if it doesn’t make sense to buy it anyway, don’t buy it!


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“The point of simple living, for me has got to be: A soft place to land, a wide margin of error, room to breathe, lots of places to find baseline happiness in each and every day” ― Leo Babauta

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