So you’ve done it! Congratulations, you own a house! And what a sweet bunch of memories you will make here. Of all the joys a house can bring, it brings with it a lot of work and expense too.
Here are FOUR ways you can make a house YOUR home, quickly, easily, and with very little expense… and all while making family memories in the meantime.
A house is just a house until it has a front door color that YOU LOVE.
One of the easiest ways you can spruce up a new-to-you house, and leave a new clean homeowner statement, is to get a quick quart of paint and spread the love (literally). Your house will thank you and your heart will sing.
Go with your gut when choosing a paint color, and have fun with it. The old saying is ‘have nothing that you do not love or appreciate’ after all, right?”[KiwiClickToTweet tweet=”choose what you love, and the rest will fall into place ” quote=”So choose what you love, and the rest will fall into place. “]
Choose a tree to plant in your new yard.
Trees may seem scary to plant, but I assure you they are not! You can find very low-cost trees (typically $30-$50) at your local hardware store. (There are always sales in the spring and fall too, if you’re looking for an even better deal!)
Speak to your local garden center associate or landscape designer and get some good ideas for your space.
Some of the most popular shade trees are: Maples, Oaks, Linden, and Birch.
There are many smaller tree options as well. Check out Crabapple, Serviceberry, Magnolia, or Redbud varieties. Also, don’t be afraid to branch out (pun intended)!
Many fruit trees work well in landscapes: Apple, Pear, Cherry, etc.
My advice is to try and INCLUDE YOUR FAMILY in this fun adventure! You won’t regret it, and what great memories (and photo opportunities) you will get planting trees with your kids.
Now let’s focus on some curb appeal. Take a few minutes to jot down what you love about the outside of your house, what you want to accentuate, and what you maybe want to cover up a bit.
Think about what colors you LOVE, what you want to remove outside, and what it would take to really make your house feel more like YOUR home.
For example, if you have a narrow house from the front, and wish it were just a little wider, add a small tree or large shrub off the front corners of your house. As the plant grows, your house will appear even wider! Or say you have a gray house, think about plant colors that would really make your siding feel happy, such as pink, red, & purple.
Make a happy home by adding just a few pops of color or specific plants for height.
Lastly, take a big deep breath. You’ve done a lot of work to get to where you are at this point in your life.
Reflect on where you’ve been, where you are, and where you want to go.
Pick out something small that you can add to your home (inside or out) that represents where you are at this point in your life.
Choose something that you feel really good about, and that brings up feelings of peace and relaxation; something that says HOME to you. Add this final touch to your space, and watch your house become completely HOME.