Top Tips for Home Renovation

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You’re hearing a lot from me about home renovation and interiors because it’s a big thing for us right now. The house we live in at the moment is great, it has what we need but it isn’t The One. We’ve been somewhat torn between doing this house up (it’s conveniently placed and we really don’t want to move right now) or biting the bullet and moving. It could take forever to find what we’re looking for though so we’re going to take what doesn’t excite us about this house, both aesthetically and from a practical point of view, and we’re going to change it.

If like us you want to start doing more for yourself and embark on a home renovation project, these points to consider are a good place to start.

Know What You Want

First of all, you need to know what it is that you really want. Sometimes, it’s really easy to visualise yourself in your ‘dream home’ but can you see the specifics of what it looks like? Do you know what kind of decor you want and want sort of home it is? If so you have a better imagination than me. I have a wealth of ideas about what I like and what I don’t but really need to put it together to form some sort of consistent look and feel.

Create Home Renovation Pinterest Boards

Pinterest is a great platform for discovering interior design ideas. I have one or two Pinterest boards set to secret as well as a few open ones, all dedicated to homes and houses, kitchens, offices and so on. I think I need to start pulling my favourites into one master board to see what we’re really looking at, to check Roy and I are on the same page and to start proactively planning.

Focus On Action

It’s not enough to just think and dream. This is where I fall short. Once we’ve nailed the planning stage we need to set SMART goals, to put dates and deadlines on the calendar and we need to focus on action. Basically, if we don’t get started, we’ll never finish and be happy with our living space.

Allocate Your Budget Well

This part we are good at. Having a realistic budget is what ensures that the project will get done. How you allocate your budget is up to you. If you want to put money into features like stunning splashbacks or even an entirely new kitchen, that’s fine, as long as you have the money for it. Watching home renovation and decoration shows have also taught me to always have a little extra in the budget that isn’t allocated to a specific spend. This is the money you’ll use when you go over budget (it happens).

Staying Positive

This is something I need to remind myself of. I hate clutter, mess and mayhem and you know that once we get started there will be plenty of all three! I will have to compromise on something I want thanks to the budget and I might have a wobble here and there over colours, textures and style too. If I (and you if you’re embarking on a similar project) can stay positive and upbeat it will make the whole process much easier and I’m pretty sure we’ll enjoy being in our dream home all the more for it.

Do you have any top tips for taking on a home renovation?

Doing More for Yourself

Doing More for Yourself

Doing more for yourself should be something that is taught in school because as adults so many of us are rubbish at it. Mover over Pythagoras Theorem and hello self-care 101. Doing more for yourself and making sure that you have time for yourself is really important these days. Life is busy and stressful, so many people find it very difficult to find the time and energy to dedicate their own needs. However, you definitely should try to find that time and do more for yourself because if you don’t, only you will suffer in the end. So why is doing more for yourself such an important matter? Why should you care? 

You’re in Control of Your Own Destiny

When you’re an adult your life often feels in some way constricted by the million and one responsibilities we have. That said you’re the one in control of your life, so if you don’t give yourself time to focus on yourself, no one else is going to do that for you. Only you can decide how you spend your time and what your priorities in life are. Make yourself a priority if you want to live a balanced life and avoid stress later on. It’s the only way to live.

Doing More for Yourself Reduces Your Stress Levels

When you find time for yourself, you will realise that you don’t need to feel stressed out all the time. It’s usually when you’re focusing on things that are external that you feel stressed and pressured. When you take time to reevaluate and focus on your own needs, you can really reduce those stress levels and make everything easier and calmer for yourself. Stress levels have a physical as well as a mental impact so shouldn’t be ignored or simply be “put up” with.

Time to Yourself Helps You Process Things

Simply having time alone in which you can think things through can be a big help to you in life generally. It’s so often the case that people are so busy rushing through life that they barely ever have a moment to themselves. When you have a little time to yourself, you will start to process things much better and find clarity. I finished a mindfulness diploma in January 2018 and it has really changed the way that I choose to process things. Look up mindful living!

Everyone Deserves a Treat or Indulgence From Time to Time

Doing more for yourself sometimes means treating yourself, and that’s not something you need to feel guilty about. Unfortunately, some people do feel guilty when buying jewellery for themselves or treats like that. There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself to things that you like and want as long as you can afford it and are in control of it. Indulge yourself from time to time. A new book, some perfume; whatever tickles your fancy.

You’ll Burn Yourself Out if You’re Too Focused on Everyone Else’s Needs

Burning the candle at both ends means one thing… you are going to end up burning your bum! When you’re always rushing around doing your best for other people, whether that’s your partner at home or your boss at work, you inevitably get tired. If you keep that kind of lifestyle up for too long, you will end up getting burnt out to the point at which you just snap and can’t take it anymore. There’s nothing to be gained by pushing yourself that far. 

Don’t think that being kind to others is a no go, far from it, however, there’s too much at stake for you not to pay attention to yourself. You will only suffer long-term if you don’t prioritise doing more for yourself over doing everything for everyone else.

I’ve fallen foul of pretty much every pitfall life can throw at you when it comes to not prioritising yourself and have learned many lessons. Don’t travel the same hard route if you don’t need to; prioritise yourself!

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