Welcome to our new series! I’m so excited to share this with you! After owning our own home for 3 years and being so close to buying another before experiencing a house fire, we were not looking forward to renting again. Although we hadn’t done much in the way of updating the house we owned, we had the renovation bug and knew that any possibilities in that realm were at least a year away. I was desperate to make our house feel like home despite the limitations that we had. Here are 4 tips for making a rented space feel like home.
1. Decorate ASAP. I worked (and worked my husband) very hard to execute decoration/design ideas as quickly as possible, the first few months we lived there. I was worried that if we didn’t do it shortly after we moved in, we wouldn’t do it at all. And I was right. At about the 6 month mark any ideas we had for organization or storage were put to the back burner for when we moved, because what’s the point?! This can be very discouraging.
2. Get over things you can’t change! The aesthetics of a home are SO important to me. To the point that I found myself saying “the green tile and blue floral wall paper in this bathroom are not a reflection of you,” on more than one occasion. It’s one thing to like clean lines and grey paint, but I needed to remember my identity is in Christ not in a room I could do nothing about! Somewhere along the way, I no longer desired to hide said bathroom (which would have been impossible since it is the main floor bath, but that is beside the point) and simply appreciated its proximity to the kitchen.
3. Celebrate the good things about your space! After living in this space for over a year, I learned things were important to me that hadn’t been on my must-have list before. The huge kitchen, smart storage solutions, flat-finished ceilings, and old home character are just a few of the things I came to appreciate about our rented space.
4. Design to fit your style, not just the space. Do remember this is temporary, so maybe you shouldn’t buy the most oversized sectional just because you can and then find yourself measuring to see if it will fit as you house hunt. Psshh. We certainly didn’t do that. You will be “those people” from House Hunters, buying a house to fit their 18 piece bedroom set. “Those people” are still way worse than the couch people, but who’s counting.