Congratulations on purchasing your brand new home! The search is over, the paperwork is done, and the boxes have been moved and unpacked. Now comes the fun part! This is your chance to have a fresh start and create a unique space that is all your own.
Here are some tips that will help you navigate the experience and make the most of your resources:
- Create a budget. If you have champagne taste on a beer budget, this is especially important. If funds are limited, you may want to plan bigger purchases over time or set aside a portion of your savings for a few richer items. The important thing is that you get a realistic view up front on what you can afford to spend. In creating your budget, be sure to consider home décor, fabrics, furnishings, and accessories.
- Pick the room where you spend most of your time and make that your priority. Particularly if budget is a concern, it pays to be strategic. For many people, the bedroom is a great place to start. If you know you will be entertaining a lot, you may want to consider starting with the space you’ll be using most often for visitors.
- Let go of the old stuff. Ideally, you would have done this before you moved into your new home. If not, be sure to go through all those boxes and purge. You may even find some treasures to sell that will help fund your new home decorating project. In addition to traditional auction sites such as eBay, there are a number of new selling apps such as OfferUp, Wallapop, and Letgo.
- Explore your creative side. Your new home provides a blank canvas for you to express yourself. Don’t be afraid to use color and mix things up. Look through magazines and explore online decorating sites to see what “pops” for you. Be courageous. Be YOU!
- Use the time between purchases to stay inspired. When following your strict budget, there will be times when you won’t be in shopping mode. Use that time to create organizational systems, make mood boards, add to your inspiration idea book, and do your research. Keep the excitement going and truly enjoy the entire process.
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