Do you still remember how you felt before moving into your new home? You were probably so giddy then. You thought everything through — what paint color you will use for the living room walls, made a choice between a love seat and a traditional couch, what color will your throw pillows be, where your old bean bag will be, etc. Everything is clear until the moment you actually move in and settle. Suddenly, designing your home becomes a daunting task.
It’s normal to be a little fearful of home décor ideas. What if your choice of paint color is a dud? What if your DIY projects prove to be just a waste of time and money? However, avoiding all these things will end up with you doing nothing. And since you feel like home upgrades will never be finished, you end up procrastinating and you become really lazy to start with renovations, decorating, and home projects.
So what will it take for you to get up and start beautifying your home? How do you get back on track?
Have a plan and set deadlines
Write down the action plan that will motivate you to get started. This will help you get a better sense of the job ahead. You can itemize all the materials needed and you get to set a timeline. This will also help you keep track of the job and give you a sense of accomplishment. It is ideal to alternate easy jobs with more difficult tasks so you won’t lose momentum halfway through.
Work with friends
Turn this into a fun time by asking friends to help. Friends, especially those who have gone through home décor tasks themselves, will constantly give you pep talks to motivate you. Working with other people will also make you realize that you are not in this alone. If they are up to the task, why aren’t you?
Motivate with rewards
Don’t be too hard on yourself along the way. When you have finished one major task in your list of home upgrades, take a break and reward yourself. For example, if you have finished installing the shelves, sit down and have a box a pizza while staring at your creation. Taking time to assess and admire what you have created are the best motivators.
Start with simple and small
You don’t have to do the kitchen cabinets first. It is perfectly okay to start with simple and small projects. Get on track by doing projects that you are good at, or decors that actually help you relax.
Manage your goals
Be realistic when you set your goals and timelines. Manage your expectations at all times to avoid frustrations along the way. Don’t compare yourself to others, nor pit your projects against beautiful images on Pinterest. A lot of things look different up close. Your inspirations should help you and not put you down.
Always look forward to something
Nothing beats the feeling of standing back and staring at the space you created. Never mind if you are just renting the place; it is still your home. Never lose your vision. People who have vision have more reasons to keep going.
To inspire you even more to get started, here’s the ultimate lazy daisy’s guide in designing your home with easy, affordable, and doable DIY projects.
Washi tape to the rescue
If you are just renting your home and you are not allowed to change the paint color, the next best thing is to do magic with the washi tape. It comes in a rainbow of colors and patterns and can be easily removed without leaving residues. You may use the tape to cover a sad looking side table, give an old shade character, cover white walls, or make a wall art. This is one of the easiest ways to design a home, and also among the ones that really make a difference. Just make sure that you know exactly which areas or things you want to cover with the tape.
Paint kitchen cabinets
The kitchen is one of the areas with the most traffic. It is important that it is well kept and regularly updated. If you can’t replace the counter or add an island just yet, giving cabinets a fresh look is among the easiest things you can do. Most kitchen cabinets are painted white or with neutral colors. Give it a new look by painting it with a bold color and replacing the knobs. If it is an open cabinet, you can try painting the insides for a pop of color.
Go far with jars
Mason jars are a big thing right now and for good reason. There are a lot of DIY home décor ideas that start with nothing else but a jar. You may get an old wood and hang jars where you can organize utensils, pens, or even put some flowers. You can also turn them into pendant lights or fill them with water and top it with a candle for the perfect centerpiece.
If walls could talk
Well, make them. If you have a favorite quote that you would always like to remind you of a dream or a memory, why not paint it on your wall? There are wall stickers you can use. If you are fearless and creative enough, you can go classic with a black paint over a white wall. There are also wall decals and stencils to make the job easier.
Dress up the pillows
If you can’t afford to get a new couch, at least change the throw pillow covers. If your walls are white and most of the pieces of furniture are neutral, you can add contrast with your pillow covers. You may also personalize it with a stencil of a favorite quote or your embroidery.
Bring in greens and flowers
Make your home fresh and bright by bringing in a pot of greens or a vase of flowers. One sunflower can change everything. This is also a fresh way to add pops of color and make your home more breathable. Adding plants allows you to breathe cleaner indoor air, which is beneficial to your health.
Cans of paints, materials from a supplies or thrift shop, some old stuff, and a great deal of motivation and creativity will go a long way in designing your home. Get started now. The task will always look daunting if you don’t start doing anything. The moment you decide to get up and start, then you are already halfway there.