Refreshing your home after a divorce is a great way to move on and let go of your old life and heal yourself after the emotional turmoil that is a divorce.
Your home after divorce represents a life you used to have, and while you can’t change all the memories you had there, you can make this place home again.
To help you out in your new life, we made up a list of 7 fun ways to refresh your home after divorce.
1. Clean the space thoroughly
This should be the first and most obvious step when trying to refresh your home after a divorce. Not only is it logical, but it’s also symbolic as well. By cleaning out the space and removing everything that belonged to your ex-spouse, you’re removing them from your life.
Start with your bedroom, and then move on to the rest of the house. Just make sure you remove everything that may keep you from moving on. Simply, clean and declutter, create a blank space that you’ll be able to make your own.
2. Make the space yours by embracing your own style
Divorce is not only about moving on, it’s also about reinventing yourself, finding your style, and embracing it. So, that’s exactly what you should do next, embrace your style and decorate your home according to it.
You’re now a completely different person from what you were before the divorce, so be bold and don’t let anyone question you or your new style. You can find new furniture pieces you love, paint your walls in striking bold colors, add wallpaper wherever you want, miss and match various design styles, replace all the carpets, and just do whatever makes you happy.
3. Make a design plan
It may be difficult to decorate and refresh a home so that it reflects only your personality, especially right after the divorce. To help you achieve this, try making a design plan. This plan can be of great help especially if you’re on a budget.
Making a plan can help you stay on track, it can help you have control over your home decorating, and it can also help you manage the budget. So, start planning to renovate one room at a time.
4. Ask for professional help
If you’re struggling to decorate your home, don’t be afraid to ask a professional designer or contractor for help. A pro interior designer can help you figure out your style, and then they can help you decorate your home.
Similarly, hiring a contractor can also be very therapeutic. A contractor will tell you what you can change in your house, they can help you discover new materials that you didn’t know about, simply put, they can also help you figure out what you want your home to look like now that you’re single again.
If you’re updating only one part of your home, seek out experts in that field to help you find the best solution for you. If you want to make changes to your flooring, for instance, you can contact a local flooring company for samples of what may be right for your home.
5. Do some thrifting and DIYing
Many people consider thrifting and DIYing therapeutic, so why not give it a try and see if it’s therapeutic for you too. This will be super convenient if you’re on a budget.
Thrifting new furniture pieces, and materials, is not only inexpensive, but it can also be fun as well. What’s more, thrifting is also a great way to find unimaginable treasures and antique pieces that fit your style perfectly.
DIYing can be a great creative outlet. If you thrift a new furniture piece you can easily upcycle it, make it fit your style, refresh it, or simply give it new life. DIYing is a great way to distract yourself and keep busy.
If you’re not sure about your current style or what best reflects your personality, which is normal right after an emotional experience such as divorce, then experiment.
Now is the perfect time to experiment – with your personal style, with the style of your home, and with pretty much everything. Make as many mistakes as you want until you figure it out.
Pain your home in whatever color you want, then repaint it if you no longer like it. Add wallpapers, and experiment with new patterns and textures. Create different layouts and set up styles in your rooms, then change them if they are not to your liking.
Just experiment, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes until you figure out your new style.
7. Bring in plants
You can easily refresh your home with new plants. If you don’t already have plants in your home, let us tell you that plants, in addition, to being a pretty cost-effective way to decorate your home are also very symbolic for new beginnings.
If you are a novice with plants and taking care of them, start with one plant first. Choose something low maintenance and see how it goes. Then, later on, you can add more and more plants until your home is decorated.
Divorce is, without a doubt, one of the most emotionally draining experiences in anyone’s life. However, a divorce can also be a way to reinvent and rediscover yourself and start anew without any baggage.
One way to do all that is by refreshing your home. Whether that’s a home you lived in with your ex or a completely new home, refreshing and decorating your home can be a great way to move on and heal after a divorce.