It’s a new year and people start setting new years goals hoping they will achieve what it is they want to accomplish. However, by the second week of January, people start losing sight of their goals, whether it’s losing weight, finding a new job, starting a small business, or decorating their space. I get it. Change is scary. It takes you outside your comfort zone into something new, into the unknown and it’s easier to stay comfortable where you are. But if you want to transform your life into something better, into something you always envisioned and you don’t want to end up a year later in the same place, it starts with change. Now, change doesn’t require a big huge leap. The universe favors any action, any step no matter how small it is. So, if you have been thinking about decorating or remodeling your home or business, take that small step which will lead to a big transformation not only in the look and feel of your space, but also your quality of life. So, what are a few small steps you can take?
Rearranging furniture is a simple step that doesn’t require any financial investment, but it requires effort. Some people don’t want to put in the effort because they think it’s too much work moving furniture around. It’s not. The root cause is the fear of change. Even something like rearranging furniture can cause people to say “Forget it. The furniture is too heavy to move around.” However, taking this small step can lead to a new perspective and outlook not only on your space but also your life. Move your bed from one wall to another wall or from the corner to the center of the room if your space allows for it. Swap the position of your sofa and your accent chairs or your sofa and your loveseat and see how it feels. By moving your furniture around, you’ll see things from a new perspective that you didn’t consider or even think about and it will give you motivation to take another small step towards transforming your space and your life. Try it! Start rearranging your furniture today.
You have no idea how much removing clutter or things that don’t make you happy feels. You literally feel 20 pounds lighter physically and emotionally. I highly recommend going through the stuff you have collected over the years and donating any item that you haven’t used for over a year or any item that doesn’t make you smile. Start small by going through your closet or going though your bookcase. Are there any old clothes and old books that you haven’t worn or read in over a year? If so, try to see if you can sell them on Ebay or Craigslist or donate them to nonprofits or to family/friends. I don’t believe in throwing things away in the trash. I would rather donate them to places like Goodwill, Salvation Army, or Habitat for Humanity so that other people can find joy in what you have given away. Clearing clutter is a small step that can allow new things to come into your life, leading to big changes down the road. Start today!
Buy One Piece of New Furniture
If you have been eyeing a piece of furniture whether it’s a small accent cabinet, an ottoman, or end tables, buy it! Why are you hesitating? It’s never really about the money. Don’t let the cost of the item stop you. If you like it, buy it. As I mentioned before, the underlying issue is always the fear of change, no matter how small it is. Even swapping out one piece of furniture for another can cause some people to step back and retreat into their comfort shell because they can’t let go of the old in order to bring in the new. Make the decision to buy that one furniture you have been eyeing, stick to it, and see what happens. You’ll be pleasantly surprised that purchasing one new piece takes you a step closer to major changes. I promise you’ll feel satisfied and ready to take another small step towards improving your living environment.
Add A Splash of Color
Do you love color but are afraid to paint your walls the color you love or aren’t sure how to bring color to your home or office? Start small. Remember, consistent small steps lead to major changes. Add color with throw pillows in your favorite hues and patterns. Throw pillows come in various sizes and are a small enough change to make a big impact with color in your space. Paint a small piece of furniture like a bedside table, a small freestanding bookcase, or the legs of your sofa. For example, I had table lamps from Pottery Barn and for years didn’t like the base color so I decided to spray paint the base silver. Changing the color changed the look of my space. Make your own artwork. I believe everyone has a creative side to them. Be your own Jackson Pollock. You’ll be amazed what you can create through inspiration.
Swap out Hardware
If you have outdated hardware in your kitchen or bathroom, on your interior doors or furniture, replace them with fresh new styles. It’s a simple change that doesn’t cost a lot and you don’t need to be afraid of. Start out by changing the hardware on your cabinets. If you have a freestanding bookcase or a small piece of furniture with drawers or doors, replace the hardware. You can mix and match hardware with knobs and pulls. For example if all the hardware in your bathroom vanity cabinets are pulls, switch them up. Replace the pulls on your drawers with knobs while keeping pulls on the cabinet doors or vice versa. If you had chrome or satin nickel finishes, replace them with brass or oil rubbed bronze. It will absolutely change the look of your space. After you finish changing out the hardware and you feel good about it, take another small step. Replace your interior door hardware. You can start with one door and see how that feels and go from there. You’ll be so proud of yourself that you’ll take the next step to replace all your door hardware!
Hang Your Artwork
I have a good friend who is a realtor and has been living in his home for over 5 years. Since those 5 years, he has never hung his artwork. Every time I visit him, his artwork is stacked together propped up against the wall. I asked him why he did’t hang his artwork. His excuse was that he didn’t have time or didn’t know how to hang the artwork so it looked good together, etc.. And he had some nice artwork too! I offered to help him but he hesitated because it required him to take a small step towards change. His home would look and feel different with his wonderful artwork hanging on the walls and he knows it. That’s scary to a lot of people. So, if you have artwork that is sitting in the garage or in the closet collecting dust, please hang it up. If you just want to start with one artwork whether it’s a framed photo, painting, drawing, or an item you collected during your travels, do it! Remember to hang the artwork so the center of the piece is at eye level, which is on average around 57″ from the finished floor. The height of the artwork varies depending on your height. Hang one in your entry way, above your bed, or above the fireplace mantel. Once you finish that task, you’ll be so motivated to do more. Trust me. It’s a great feeling of accomplishment, even something as small as hanging artwork!
All these suggestions are simple and easy things you can do yourself. They are all small steps you can take that will lead to changes. If you decide that you are ready to take another step towards transforming your space and the quality of your life, consider hiring a professional! If you hung a painting and are now ready to hang the rest of your artwork but don’t know how to arrange them together, a professional interior designer can help you with that. Or, if you are ready to purchase additional furniture to the one piece you have bought and need help, please definitely reach out to a professional!