October 2017

There's no place like home

You never forget moving into your first home. But it takes time and patience to turn those empty rooms into an inviting space that reflects your unique personality and taste. Here are a few tips to help make it happen:

Leave the past behind
Now is the perfect time to declutter. Reduce possessions down to the stuff you really can't live without. Say goodbye to everything that has been at the back of the closet for years. Be ruthless. Be strong. It'll pay off when you get to the new place.

Buy the big things first
Essentials like beds, sofas and a dining table act as the foundation of your new living space. Be picky and choose things that appeal to you on a fundamental level. You can always pull things together later with inexpensive items like throw pillows and lighting.

Think long-term
Make sure you can take it with you. Well-made furniture travels well and creates an immediate sense of belonging when you move into a new home. Custom-made curtains, on the other hand, are unlikely to fit when you move, so your money may be better spent on other things.

Take your time
Don't be in a hurry to get all the decorating done. While it's certainly tempting to rush into it, a little patience will pay off. Wait until you understand the new space and how you interact with it.

Above all, enjoy your new place. Moving in is a landmark experience. Treasure it for all its hectic, liberating glory.


"6 tips for decorating your first home," HGTV.com
"A beginner's guide to decorating your home," Nytimes.com

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