Revitalising Your Home: Alternatives To Moving

Light on sofa

Moving house. Regular readers of my blog will recall that we moved house back in 2016. We moved for more outdoor space which was the one (only!) thing that our old home couldn’t offer, and with three young boys and a dog a decent sized area to stretch our legs was becoming a priority. Were it not for that though I’m not sure that we would have moved, and it’s safe to say that now we have I have absolutely no desire to do so again anytime soon. In fact I take my hat off to anyone who has gone through the house moving process more than once!

I know that we carefully considered all options available to us before taking the plunge, but often an existing home can actually offer the extras that you are looking for. We all know the options of extending a property to add a room or two, but what if that’s simply not possible or within budget? With it being the time of year that the housing market seems to pick up speed again, I thought I’d share my tips for things that you can do to resell your existing home to yourself, without spending a fortune.

Redecorate.

Paint roller

It seems so obvious, but a fresh lick of paint can really make rooms come back to life. We love the Dulux Light and Space paint, which we feel does make a difference although it also costs more. Or, for a cheaper plain option why not take a look at Screwfix. Their paint is actually really good! You don’t have to stop with the walls either, although it can be tiresome consider really going for it and repainting your woodwork and even radiators whilst you’re at it. Even if you paint your whole house top to bottom it will be cheaper and arguably less time consuming than moving.

Switch around the furniture.

So your sofa is super comfy and your bookcases work for you. Don’t throw out things that suit but do consider moving them around. Think about the natural light that comes into each room and where it falls. Make sure it’s not blocked and if possible reflect it with light colours or a large mirror. Would different pieces of furniture work better in another room? Really try to visualise the room as if it were empty and build it back up using what you have before thinking about buying anything new.

Rethink your space.

Along the same theme, think about the use of each room in your house. Does your living room have to be where it is? Who says that you can’t have a ground floor bedroom and an upstairs living room if that’s what suits? Perhaps your dining room has always been your dining room, but could you locate your dining table elsewhere and transform it into a beautiful garden room? There is so much potential in each and every room in a property. With the exception of a bathroom and kitchen which are a little more tricky, virtually any room can be swapped with another to suit your lifestyle.

Change the soft furnishings.

New cushion

I recall when I first joined a local selling group I was puzzled by the number of people selling entire sets of – insert colour – cushions, throws, rugs and so on. I confess that I used to change the soft furnishings in my university room to freshen it up, but I soon cottoned on that this could be done on a much grander scale. And with everyone seemingly doing it you can probably pick up a new set of soft furnishings in whichever colour you are searching for from a local selling group too.

Add personal touches.

It might seem obvious, but if you haven’t already then consider flourishing a room with personal touches. From photographs, to house plants to wall hangings. It is an inexpensive way to add you to your home and create a relaxing space. Even upcycling an old piece of furniture can go a long way to putting your stamp on it at this moment in time without incurring huge expenses.

And finally, declutter.

With a variety of associated books there is a real buzz around decluttering at the moment, and it can make such a difference. Of all the boxes that were packed into the early hours when we moved nearly two years ago, around a dozen were repacked and shipped off to charity shops shortly after we arrived in our new home. We had only lived in our old house for ten years but we had accumulated so much stuff! Not just toys, but kitchen utensils, gadgets, bedding, spare curtains… Basically all sorts of things that we just didn’t need. In fact, it amazed me how much stuff we owned that we had never used. Of all the things that we got rid of I only remember two items which may have come in handy over the past couple of years if I’d kept them, but nothing else.

So there you have it! All simple and relatively low cost options which might just help you to rethink your current home.

What do you do to make your home work for you through the years? I’d love you to share your tips with me below!

 

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17th April 2018

30 comments

I’ve declutter recently and I can’t explain how happy it’s made me. I recommend doing cupboards out – it’s such an agg to do but joyous for months after! x

Decluttering makes me happy too. It’s great to have space again!

Just what I needed, Jo! Love this post. I love that you can change the look of a room by just adding new bedding or cushions. We have a lot to do in the next few months but I’m so enjoying planning it all! We must have moved at about the same time. We moved into the Old house in 2016 too. #blogstravaganza

Ah, thank you! Yes, the feel of a room can really change by altering the colour scheme, I’m so much more aware of that now! 2016 must have been a good year for house moves 😉

I love DIY and crafting and it’s true how little personal touches can make all the difference! I still have a long way to decluttering though, that’s been on my to-do list for far too long! #Blogstravaganza

My next task is to print more photos. We never seem to have enough in physical form.

Declutter! That is what I need to start working on. Thin out and keep it minimal. #blogstravaganza

Exactly! In the right frame of mind I can clear out loads. I feel so good afterwards too!

I love decluttering and rearranging the furniture. I do it all the time! I’m trying to not spend a fortune and switch out little pieces here and there and my husband and I are finally talking about changing out the flooring. We can’t wait for a little renovation…even though we’re constantly on Zillow looking at incredible homes!
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I keep an eye on the market, mostly for inspiration! I rearrange our furniture a lot too 😉

We’re pretty much sorted on sorting the house out. Just re-did the one bedroom so it’s going to be a home ed room. Now it’s on to the garden! The bloody garden! My wife just spent £580 on fencing and decking which yours truly has to do in a few weeks time. Sad times!

Good luck with it! The garden is my focus at the moment too.

I do most of these a lot whenever I feel like I need a bit of change. Definitely decluttering is the first thing that I do then rearrange furniture. #Blogstravaganza

I’ve just switched furniture between two rooms. It’s made a real difference!

Brilliant advice- it’s amazing how much of a difference they can make. #blogstravaganza

Thank you. Yes it’s amazing what a few tweaks can do.

Some really useful tips! We’re in the throws of moving as we live in a 2 bed house and it’s not big enough. It’s so stressful and so once we are through it, we will be redecorating more NOT moving again ha ha #Blogstravaganza

That’s exactly what I told my husband about moving – never again!!

we have done a lot of this lately in re thinking how we use space and its improved the way we use the house so much #Blogstravaganza

It can make a real difference can’t it? We’ve just switched a couple of rooms around and are wondering why we didn’t do it earlier!

I got some new cushions the other day and they’ve made me so happy! The little things can make a big difference #blogstravaganza

These are fab tips! Our house isn’t the biggest and so we have regular decluttering sessions and I’m always moving the furniture around! It really does make a difference! You’ve been a fabulous #Blogstravaganza host, as ever! Xx

Thank you lovely 🙂 we’ve just shifted things around and our living space feels so much better for it! Xx

This is great, every time I feel itchy feet coming on I have to remind myself of all the good reasons why we chose to live here, and that moving is a much bigger deal than you expect. I love the rearranging of furniture to make a space feel new again, and definitely the decluttering. Another biggie for me is patching up and cleaning any old and worn spots with white paint, it always looks like new again. having said that there are vast swathes of walls that we’ve never quite finished (all our ceilings need a second coat). i’m ok on the small jobs but a slacker for the big time consuming ones!! #blogstravaganza

I sometimes put off big jobs too. I need lots of clear diary time to tackle those!

I totally agree with all of this. I really disliked my home but after almost 12 months of trying and finally changing the decor, I love it. My hallway was the worst and so dark. I ended up going for a one coat matt brilliant white with a hint of silver glitters mixed in and it looks amazing, it really catches the light to give a sense of a more open and bright area rather than the drab and dark space it was before #blogstravaganza

That sounds wonderful! It’s amazing what a fresh lick of paint can do and there are some great ones out there for reflecting natural light.

Some great ideas here. We are currently redecorating two bedrooms and have found ourselves using some of these suggestions #Blogstravaganza

It’s funny what an impact small tweaks can make to the look and feel of a room.

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