8 Ways to Love Your Home in 2016

Posted by Laine Smith on 2/14/16 1:44 PM

Topics: Home Ownership

Owning a home is a symbol of the American Dream, but homeownership is a constantly changing and challenging journey. Whether you fell in love with your home the moment you stepped inside or are still finding ways to make it your own, here are a few ways to love and appreciate your home this year.

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Take care of the little annoyances. That cracked outlet cover, the crookedly-hung picture frame, the door that always sticks; these small things contribute and quickly add up to your subconscious feelings about your home. Take the time, make a list of what needs fixed and address these little issues.

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Create an escape. What makes your home peaceful? Designate an area of your home that you can go to “check out”. Whether it’s a study, your master bathroom or a sitting nook in your bedroom, create a place with serene colors (fun fact: Pantone’s 2016 Color of the Year is “Serenity”), a good amount of natural light, minimal clutter and a comfortable resting place.

Simplify. The accumulation of every day stuff can be overwhelming, so make it a priority to downsize and organize on a regular basis. By decreasing clutter, you increase your sense of organization and intensify the sense of flow and creativity in your home.

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Spoil your home (and yourself). Make small updates as your budget allows. Whether it’s a new set of throw pillows for your sofa, a fresh flower arrangement for your dining room table, a set of luxury soaps and lotions to display in your bathroom or painting your front door, simple investments often make the biggest difference.

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Make your home a reflection of yourself. Get personal with your home! Whether you’re living in a rental, a custom-build or an older home, invest in color, art, photos and vignettes that represent your tastes and interests.

Take care. While regular home maintenance isn’t the most exciting thing to allocate time and money to, you’re more apt to appreciate your home if it’s performing to the best of its ability. So get your furnace tuned-up, have your carpets cleaned, wash your windows, etc.

Embrace imperfection. So your home looks nothing like your Pinterest board. That’s okay! Start with something small, like organizing your kitchen to be more efficient or starting that DIY project you’ve been thinking about.

Make a connection. It’s rare for your first home to be your forever home, but that doesn’t make it any less special. Make connections to the milestones that occur while you live there like bringing home a baby, hosting a family get-together, accomplishing your first DIY home project, etc. It’s not always about the home itself but the people and the memories that fill it.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Compass Mortgage!

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