Mysa Home Styling is all about cultivating contentment and joy at home through cozy and functional spaces. This blog is filled with inspiration and encouragement to help you create a home you love!
July 17, 2018
We all have one. That one room that isn’t quite finished, has ended up becoming a dumping grounds, or has certain things that just aren’t fixable at this stage in life. That space that you can’t quite get right, that’s always gives you grief, that makes contentment in your home feel unreachable. Whether it’s your office, guest room, an extra bathroom, or a mudroom, we all have those spaces that for one reason or another get forgotten about. Until we remember them. And then they cause us stress.
Well, I’m calling it, and TODAY is the day that we’re finally going to do something about it! Today is the day to make a plan for how we’re going to tackle that problem room! But I’m not just going to stand on my soapbox and tell you that these rooms need to change… I’m going to give you 5 practical tips for how.
Ready?? Let’s go!
This step might seem like a silly first step, but it’s actually really important… so don’t skip it! Think about WHY you want to finally finish this problem space in your home. Think about how it will make you feel when it’s complete. List ways you want the space to be used. Envision the joy it will bring you to have the space how you’ve always wanted it to be. Actually write down why you want to work on this room and the outcomes of doing so.
Now that you know why you’re tackling this space, make a goal. Give yourself a specific amount of time, and carve out that time in your calendar. Schedule out how and when you’ll work on the room, and stick to it!
Many problem rooms are problems because there’s just too much stuff and/or it’s not systematically organized! So before trying to decorate or bring in new items, I highly suggest going through every. single. thing. in the space and ruthlessly purging what you don’t use, need, or love anymore. Then once you have only the things you really need and love, invest in some good storage and organization tools.
You don’t need a huge budget to tackle a problem room. I bet you have a lot of what you need already elsewhere in your home. Check other spaces for unused (or underused) things that might find a better home in the room you’re working on. Shop your home for art and accessories for your new space. I’m often dragging furniture from one room to another in our home, and its amazing how something can take on a whole new life in a different space!
Once you’ve finally completed your problem room, give yourself a pat on the back! Planning a reward for once your project is done will give you motivation throughout the process, and will help you stick to your goals. Maybe your reward is shopping for a finishing touch, a spa-like bath and and at-home pedi, a coffee date with a friend, or using the space in a special way. Whatever it is, make sure to celebrate your accomplishments!