If your furniture has been in the same place for decades, it’s time to move it around. The answers to why you should rearrange your furniture are numerous.
1. That Urge to Sell Your Home and Move Is Saying You Need a Change
If you’ve ever experienced the urge to move, especially as spring approaches, that feeling is telling you to change things up. Before jumping into selling or buying or both, think about how expensive it is to move.
It’s not just money; it’s time, cleaning, and possibly even renovations. Remember, moving is a life-changing decision. So, start with where you would if you were about to sell your home, cleaning it. While cleaning, consider each room, or just one, and how you could rearrange the furniture to give it a fresh, inviting facelift.
2. You Get the Opportunity to Clean Items and Areas Thoroughly
How often do you pull out the furniture to vacuum behind? Because some pieces are just too heavy, probably rarely. When you decide to rearrange your furniture you’re also opening the door to thoroughly cleaning areas you wouldn’t usually get to; under beds, behind bulky furnishings, in the china cabinet, cleaning the silver, shelves, cupboards, bookcases. You get the picture; your room will be spotless and inviting.
3. Unused Rooms Get a Practical Re-do and Become Usable Space
These days, maximum use of space is critical, especially if you live in a condo or smaller home. Today’s family structures and needs vary wildly and are continually changing. Consider converting your rarely used living room into a usable space you’ve always wanted. Maybe you’d prefer a media room, music room, office or library. If that’s the case, do it. You deserve to enjoy your home and have it reflect your lifestyle. Or, change that living room around to give it a fresh new look. That alone will draw people into using it.
4. Flip a Living Room Dining Room Combination
Who says the living room has to be the living room? If your family has no use for a particular room, switch it up. Get rid of the living room, and use that space for something else.
On a personal level, we have a living-dining room combination and recently changed it around. The living room is the dining room, and the dining room is a clean office area. It’s pretty, and uncluttered, just the way we prefer things. For us, a living room rarely gets used, but because we have a big family, the ten-seat dining room table fits nicely in the larger living room area. Think about your family, friends, and visitors, then go ahead and make those changes.
5. Re-vamp a Traditional Floor Plan
Use a family room for a game room, use a living room as an office, or forget the dining room and turn it into a spare room or play area.
Whatever you want to do, do it! We’ve spent years doing this. When our second son was little, we converted the dining room off the kitchen to a lovely and safe playroom for him. We gated off the entryways so when we were cooking in the kitchen, we could see him while he played. He loved it. We’ve also converted a family room to an office and then later to a dining room. Yep, it can get a little addicting.
6. The End Result Will Give You a Sense of Accomplishment
Taking on a room re-shuffle is a lot of work, but the reward is a huge sense of satisfaction. Psychology Today provides a more in-depth analysis as to why this is. Your home will feel different to you, and your family members will love the change. Sit in your finished project with a cup of tea or glass of wine and soak in your hard work. It’s a great feeling.
If you need ideas, check out these living room arrangements.
Be Safe When You Move Furniture
If you can’t move the furniture, don’t. Get someone to help or do it for you. Don’t risk injury!
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