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how to love the home you have – 5 helpful tips.


Today, I wanted to have a little chat about loving your home.

This topic has been on my mind a lot lately, because it is something I struggle with almost daily.

Let’s face it, most of us are not living in what we consider our “dream home” (whatever that really means.)

Sometimes, it’s really hard to be content with your home when spaces are unfinished, you don’t have the budget to buy what you want, and there’s a laundry list of to-dos.

Maybe you can relate?

There are days when I absolutely love my home. I have original ideas, I’m motivated and so excited for what I’m creating. On the other hand, there are days when I get discouraged, indecisive, and it seems when I finish projects another one pops up.

So, how can you love the home you have during these in-between phases of designing your home?

I’m sharing a few tips I find helpful to refocus when I start getting negative about my home. I hope these can help you too!


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1. focus on the good

Easier said than done, amirite?

This one takes a little willpower, but it’s really necessary to get you out of a negative mindset.

At the beginning of the year, I shared how my word of the year is contentment. Being content takes work and intentionally refocusing your perspective.

CLICK HERE TO READ: Word of the Year – 2020

Look around. Find at least one thing you love about your space right now.

It can be small. Maybe you love the natural sunlight, your home’s location, or maybe it’s as small as the paint color on the walls.

2. do small projects first

Usually, when I feel hopeless about my home, it’s because I see all the big + small things that need to be done.

It can be overwhelming.

I find it helpful to focus on smaller projects first.

Maybe you can’t afford to knock out that wall or replace the flooring, but you can replace light fixtures, add some curtains, or paint a wall.

Typically, smaller projects are cheaper to pull off, and it will give you that ‘quick win’ feeling.

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3. buy something you love

Sometimes the reason we don’t love our homes is because we fill them with second-rate items we don’t actually like.

I can think of a number of times where I bought something just because it was cheaper than the piece I actually wanted.

Obviously, budget will dictate a lot of what can be done, so I’m not suggesting over-spending. However, sometimes having patience to wait for what you actually want is a better financial decision.

Instead of spending your money on something cheap that you don’t really like, do yourself a favor and just save your money for that one item you will really want.


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4. a little paint goes a long way

Paint is a simple + inexpensive way to give anything a face lift.

It’s easy to make all the furniture in a space cohesive, upgrade cabinets, create an accent wall, or even update floors with paint!

If you’re waiting to remodel or upgrade furniture, painting is a great quick-fix option.

How to Love the Home you Have | Home Decor Ideas | Caitlin De Lay Blog

5. stop comparing your home

Your home is for you + your family, not ‘for the gram’.

We live in that ‘keeping up with the Jones’ type of society. We tend to focus on what other people think of our homes more than creating them for our personal enjoyment.

Social media can be a great source of inspiration, but it can also make you feel completely second-rate.

Maybe you need to take a break from Instagram or Pinterest? Or maybe it’s just a specific account you follow that makes you feel like a less-than.

Cut out those toxic influences temporarily. Maybe you can come back to XYZ account later on, but if it’s not uplifting you and bringing you joy, cut it out and see if it makes a difference.


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No matter where your are in life or what your budget looks likes, you can love the home you have right now.

I hope these tips were helpful to you and that you feel just a little more in love with your home today!


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