This winter, TMZ featured an article about a domino real estate situation where Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco bought Khloe Kardashian’s home. In turn Khloe, turned around and bought Justin Bieber’s estate. It’s interesting that even celebrities, who rake in millions each year, still get bored with their homes and put them on the market in order to purchase what they consider to be a better property. While it’s unlikely that most of us will find ourselves, in this situation, there’s nothing wrong with taking steps to ensure the home you have is one you love. Here are some tips from us on how to achieve this.
Decorate with Purpose: Just because something is valuable doesn’t mean it’s meaningful. When choosing your home’s décor, regardless of what your budget is, take the time to carefully consider whether or not what you’re adding is truly something you want to be surrounded with on a daily basis or if it’s simply something that the retail world is saying you need.
Don’t Live in Someone Else’s Home: When one of our employees bought her first home she was excited at the prospect of not having to stare at the white walls of the apartments she’d rented for the past four years. After hours of scouring paint samples and home improvement websites, she settled on lime green for the color of her master bedroom. While her mother questioned the choice as they started applying it to the walls, she ultimately stuck with the color. There’s a lesson to be learned from this. While most realtors wouldn’t suggest paint in bold shades when you’re putting a home on the market, if you’re planning on staying in it for a few years, there’s no need to live in a home as if it’ll be put up for sale at any moment. Make it your own and select colors that speak to you.
Banishing Clutter: In addition to collecting dust, clutter also has negative effects on your psyche. A study by Princeton University found that the more disorganization in your life, the more stressed out you become. Make an effort to donate, discard or sell items you no longer use and notice instantly your level of stress decrease. While the prospect of tackling an entire house can seem daunting, break the task into smaller bits to make the feat more achievable.