By Rebecca Lunn
The New Year is the perfect time to consider projects you would like to complete in your home. Perhaps there’s a project you have been putting off for a while and you need a boost of motivation to get started. Or maybe there is a room in your home that’s not functional for your family in its current form, but you just don’t know where to start. In this post, I provide some practical tips for increasing the usefulness of your home, which I hope will give you some inspiration to start that project in 2018!
While some people are great at multi-tasking, when it comes to home improvement, it is typically best to focus on one project at a time. This prevents becoming overwhelmed by too many decisions, or by having several incomplete projects in your home at once. To simplify your home projects, I would suggest applying the steps below to one room at a time.
1. Consider the function of the room. Before you begin thinking about decorating, the first step is to consider the function you desire for the room. Is this room for work or for play? Is it for eating or relaxing? Is it for your whole family to enjoy, or just for children? Also, consider a function that will be lasting for your family. For example, even if you don’t have children today, perhaps you want to think ahead so that your design choices will be useful in the long-term as well.
2. Consider your limitations. Next, consider your limitations. What is your budget? What is the size and shape of the room? Is it visible from another room? How much time do you want to dedicate to this project? Do you have a color scheme in mind? It is best to consider anything that will narrow your choices first, because it tends to make the rest of the process more efficient.
3. Plan your design. Now the fun begins! Look around online or in stores to get some ideas for your space, as well as what pieces you might use that are within your limitations. Compile all your choices so you can see them together and think about how they fit into your budget and your space. Once you narrow down your selections, draw out the floorplan or put painters tape on the floor to lay out your design. It is often helpful to visualize how everything will fit before you hit that “buy now” button.
4. Assemble your room and enjoy your space. Once you have all your pieces, it’s time to assemble and arrange your room. Remember that it’s okay to do this in stages, especially if you need more time to acquire furniture due to budget limitations. Also, take your time finding the right pieces for your space, because the goal is a design that is lasting for your family. Once everything is in place, it’s time to enjoy the new functionality of your room!
Check back soon for Part II of this post, where I will share how I utilized these practical tips to refresh my sunroom for my own growing family!
Rebecca is an accountant specializing in financial and compliance auditing for non-profits. On evenings and weekends you can find her spending time with her family and friends, serving at her church, reading, or dreaming up her next home decorating project.
Featured Image by Haute Chocolate.