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Invest in Your Home, Not Just Your Jeans!

Most of us do some regular editing and updating of our wardrobes, and we periodically revamp our personal look. But people seem to expect their home décor to last 10, 15, or 20 years without needing an update.

Why would you spend hundreds (if not thousands) on the latest clothing and accessories every year, but balk at spending the same amount for great furniture or new home accents? Your home should be as reflective of your personality as your wardrobe, and it should keep pace with the changes in your life as the years pass.

A few pointers:

  • DO invest in great basics with timeless appeal. It’s okay to pay more for the furniture that you’re really going to use every day for years, and it should last. Think about which furniture you’ll use most – bed, sofa, reading chair, kitchen table, etc. – and make sure you buy good quality pieces.
  • DO take care of what you have. Vacuum upholstery, rugs, and drapes regularly and periodically have them professionally cleaned. If you don’t, your home will start to smell musty and your furniture won’t age well.
  • DO change and rearrange pictures, frames, candles, flowers, and towels to update your home’s look on a regular basis. • DO consider investing in slipcovers and new home accents for seasonal changes and quick updates.
  • DO let light and air into your home. Open your windows on nice days to let air circulate and keep your home smelling fresh.
  • DON’T spend a lot of money on accent pieces and accessories – those are the things you can replace easily and inexpensively to refresh your decor. They’re most likely to reflect trends and contemporary style, and they get less daily wear and tear, so top quality is less important.
  • DON’T spend more on your clothing than you do on your home!

Give yourself permission to give your home periodic makeovers – you’ll feel happier and more comfortable if you keep your living space fresh and relevant for your lifestyle.

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