Although we currently renters and don’t yet own our home, we like to make the best of our living space. Some of that includes decorating (mostly my doing) and other important aspects revolving around functionality. Each house is different of course and everyone has different tastes, but there’s a few ideas below that you might just want to try at home.
It’s not a secret that I enjoy decorating and organizing the house. I’ve made reference to this in previous posts, but I like to rearrange things every few months to try something new or if I feel something will function better in a different location, I’ll move it. Decorating doesn’t just include candles and knick-knacks and hanging pretty pictures – there’s a personal element to sprucing up your home to make it your own. I love incorporating things that are from our travels or that have sentimental meaning (something we personally made or photographed for example) into our décor. I also enjoy exploring my creative side and finding interesting uses for everyday items that you can affordably buy from the dollar store or the thrift shop. If you go to stores like Bed, Bath Beyond and then start trying to DIY your own decorum you will find that something that costs $30 will cost you less than $10 if you make it yourself. Plants also add a natural element to home décor and depending on the plants you choose, they can be very good for your health too.
My fiancé and I are both big on functionality. I’m talking about what I refer to as ‘organizational decorating’. Knowing where the best location for the coffee set-up is based on how your kitchen is configured, how to best store the many shoes you own in a small space, or how bathroom supplies should be stored and easily accessible, stuff like that. We have a shared kitchen, dining room and living room, so configuring our space to operate functionally is important. For example, our kitchen is quite small, so we have a shelf that houses all of our essential food storage goods that is accessible from both the kitchen side and the dining side (where we have a few other appliances set up because there’s no room in the kitchen).
My fiancé is mindful of little luxury items, such as motion lights set up on the stairs, night lights in some of the outlets and automatic timers for the bathroom fan – things you don’t necessarily think of or think you need, but definitely learn to appreciate. If you have someone at home who is handy as well, there are definitely some upgrades you can make to your home that will allow you to utilize one space in multiple ways. For example, my fiancé built a wood set-up in our laundry room where a drop-in shelf can be added above the laundry sink, and a hanging drying rack on a pulley system - additional folding/drying space where needed. We also had a lot of storage items that could not be kept outside, so we used 2 x 4’s and bolts to build a storage shelf that is held in place using the support beams above. Again, trying to maximize vertical space where needed.
If you put your thinking cap on, there is always something you can improve on or make more homely. Hopefully this short post has inspired you to try a few DIY projects to help personalize your home or add functionality to spaces that could be put to better use in other ways.
*If you noticed the many labels in my pictures, a future post will discuss how we utilize a label system for a lot of practical things.
I'm a 20-something woman working my way through life in Canada, traveling when I can afford it and seeking out my passions one day at a time.