Last week we went over Part I of Enjoying Your Home.
All of Part II can be summed up in one simple step:
1. PERSONALIZE YOUR HOME.
Decorate. Show off your possessions. It doesn’t matter if you only have a six-month lease. This is your home. Live there. It may seem like really simple advice, but it makes all the difference, and so few people seem to do it. They move their furniture in, maybe hang up a single poster, but that’s it.
And if you’re afraid of losing your security deposit, don’t worry. There are plenty of ways for renters to safely add their own style to their home. For instance:
- Buy wall stickers (they sell them at Dollar Tree).
- Frame and hang some pictures.
- Go to Habitat for Humanity and find some cheap, good-looking furniture.
- Put up curtains. You can find them cheap from thrift stores, or you can make some. Curtains are the perfect beginner sewing project, and nothing alters the look of a room faster.
The important thing is that you don’t wait. Don’t wait for your next apartment, or your first house. You have your very own space, and that’s a true gift. Use it. Make your home somewhere you want to be. Go through your Pinterest “Dream House” board and put some of those ideas into action. Whatever you do, just don’t put it off. Six months turns into a year, and a year turns into five before you realize it. Don’t waste a single week living in what might as well be a hospital room.
Your home doesn’t need to look like a Pottery Barn catalog, it just needs to welcome you home.
You have permission. You’re an adult, living in your own home. Make it your home.
[P. S. Have you entered The American Spinster’s Easter Giveaway yet?]