I’ve lived in my flat now for 4 years (I think?!)….and it is in desperate need of a revamp. It’s a lovely little place, however I would love to upgrade to a house now…..but sadly the pennies don’t quite reach it at the moment. But I do consider myself to be lucky enough to have a roof over my head, have a mortgage and share it with my fiancé and Pug.
I started to fall out of love with the flat, it was messy and I didn’t care much for it (I’m stubborn, once I realised moving wasn’t going to be any time soon I had my little hissy fit and threw my toys out the pram. Knowingly doing this wasn’t going to solve any of my problems and I was just wasting time being a drama queen.) So, how could I make it to be more homely again? CHANGE.
Now, where to start?! I felt the spare room was the best place, this was the worst.When I moved in I put a double bed in here. Which was my first error. This room is a box room and it took up the WHOLE floor, I ignored this though, because of course I always know best (rolls eyes). This then became the dumping ground. Don’t know where to put something? In it goes. Can’t be bothered to put it in the right place? In it goes. Should probably throw it away but you are a hoarder? In it goes. This room was piled high of everything. And then the door would be shut. What you can’t see can’t cause you any bother right? Maybe while the door is shut yeah, but it’s going to have to be opened at some point. The mess in the room was making me feel this loathe for our home. I didn’t want to feel that. I wanted to get a sense of love and calm when I came through the door from work, I wanted to spend time in the home we work so hard to pay for.
So…..operation clear out began. I knew I needed to be ruthless. If it had been shut in that room for however long not being used or quite honestly, not even knowing I had it – I knew so much had to go. Bags of rubbish, bags of clothes and other random bits all sorted. And finally that big bed (that got slept in once over the time we have lived here!) taken apart ready for the charity shop. I was adamant that the things that could be used or worn again went to Florence Nightingale Hospice – I believe one mans rags is another mans riches and if it can then help a charity (and this is a very important charity close to my heart) then this makes the feeling even better. I can’t believe the amount of stuff I had! So much clutter. Cleared. Gone.
I stood in the empty room excited with what I was going to do with it. My fiancé opted for a games room…..but this wasn’t quite what I was thinking (unfortunately for him lol). Something I have always dreamt of is a dressing room – and this is what I wanted, and lucky for me, I have a laid back fiancé willing to give up the idea of a games room without a fight (phew).
We don’t have ££££ to be spending – so Ikea, B&M and Dunelm were my target shops! I wish I had taken the before pictures to show what a state it was, but imagine a box room filled with a double bed and a chest of drawers, Everything covered in clutter – that pretty much sums it up. But here are the after pictures anyway – simple but such a diffence (I didn’t have the best lighting when taking the pictures, but you get the idea I’m sure!)
I love spending time in here and getting ready, or even just reading a book and listening to music – it really has made a difference to our home. My fiancé has the added bonus that my make up isn’t all round the house now too! And the door is no longer kept shut.
What better way to start the new year with some decluttering. Your home should tell a story of who you are and be a collection of what you love – I still have bits I want to add and do, and we want to do more to other rooms but it certainly is a small step for us in the right direction.
Lisa & Winston 👸🏼🐶❤