It was brought to mind recently when my sister-in-law announced that she’d be hosting a Christmas party this year just how complicated people make things. I love her to bits, but now she’s up in arms at times, stressed out about her plans to redecorate. Christmas is still a very long way away as of right now and we’ve only just finished the first quarter of the year, so I really hope by then she will have sorted her head out.
On the flip side, I really think people shouldn’t be making too much of a fuss about how their homes look in line with the current interior design trends. It shouldn’t be about what’s hot and trending, but should rather be about the expression of your own unique character in such a way that you actually enjoy your domestic environment. Nobody wants to live like a slob, but one would perhaps lean more towards that than feeling like you’re in a sterile hospital environment, or like you’re on the set of some family sitcom. You shouldn’t be afraid to live in the space you call your home.
Consequently, in order to spare yourself the headache that often unnecessarily comes with redecorating, you should consider that you can do so on the cheap and you don’t have to break the bank.
One major change versus a selection of minor changes
The number one reason why redecoration budgets seem to blow up beyond what they need to is because you’re fixated on applying both approaches to redecorating, which are making both major and minor changes. One quite easily gets lured into thinking that they have to effect some major changes such as repainting the entire surface of the interior walls, redoing the flooring, bringing in brand new furniture and then topping it off with the smaller stuff like switching up the curtains.
This is so not the case – you should choose to either make one major change or make a selection of smaller changes if you want to save costs and still have that satisfactory feeling of having freshened things up. The key to it is just matching things up, like if you’re going to change the curtains then you can add the same coloured couch cushions to your existing living room suite. Never underestimate the power of merely shifting things around a bit as well…
Seasonal changes are disposable
Remember that redecorating is going to be a lifelong thing, so don’t try to do too much in one go. Once every season is fine and you can simply alternate between the appearance for the warmer months and colder months for a few seasons before effecting a complete overhaul.
You don’t have to do your shopping for your redecorations at the very moment when you want to redecorate. It gets cheaper if you shop for winter goodies in summer and the other way around, so if you see a nice doormat you like then you can buy it anytime and put it away in storage.