Have you ever thought to shop your own stuff before??
I came up with this idea when my hubby and I decided to remodel our kids play room. The plan was simple, the work was no joke. And in the end, we want what everyone else wants… a space that feels warm, welcoming and is a reflection of ourselves. Although, we set aside some money to do this mini-project, it most definitely wasn’t an unlimited budget. I knew we had some nice pieces of furniture being used in different room and I didn’t really like how those pieces were working in those spaces. So, I used all existing furniture in this newly refreshed play room for the kiddos – and everything looks brand new. How did I do it?
BENEFITS OF SHOPPING AT HOME
- It’s always open! – You don’t have to worry about rushing home from work to get to the store… you’re at home everyday.
- Money Saving – Need I say more here? It’s always nice being able to save money and have a fresh new space. Keep scrolling and I’m going to share HOW!
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – I am a huge fan of saving things from landfills and a good can of spray paint can go a long way!
“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing left to add but when there is nothing left to take away.” – Antoine de Saint Exupery
Prep Your Space
Always start with one room at a time when giving your home a refresh. Make yourself a coffee and stand at the door way. Look around and walk around the room. Then slowly start removing things that don’t serve a purpose in that space (you’ll deal with the Bye, Bye pile later).
Now that all of the stuff you don’t need is out, take another look around and think about what you do need in that room. Storage bins? Wall art? Area rug? Window coverings? A coffee table?
Grab a pen & paper and write down everything you need in that room.
You’ve prepped your room, you’ve made your shopping list, now it’s time to shop!
This time you might want to pour a glass of wine when you walk around the house. I’m sure you’re going to find all sorts of other things you want changed and updated in the rest of your house. But focus! One room at a time!
As you flip your slippers from one room to the next, make notes of items that you can use in for your refresh. Write down the sizes, write down whether or not it the item needs some TLC and jot down any labour that might need to take place. For example: you bought a totally FAB wallpaper but haven’t had the chance to put it up. Budget for an installer. OR you have a small area rug that you can turn into a hanging wall art OR you have a bunch of hats that you can put on display OR you have extra paint under the stairs to paint an accent wall.
Welcome To Your Refresh
CONGRATS! You’ve checked everything off your shopping list! YOU JUST SHOPPED YOUR OWN STUFF!
Now the implementation part. It’s going to be a little daunting but I promise you can do it! Make your plan of action, the Get-Er-Done List, the Master Honey-Do!