Why You Should Wait to Decorate

August 28, 2014

DIY / home


If you’re anything like me, you’re impatient. I have my new apartment, I want it completely decorated and move-in ready like, yesterday. Over the years and the moves, I’ve learned from experience though, that the best thing to do when furnishing a new space is to….

wait. It can prove difficult, but here’s why it’s worth your while.

On shopping for your new place… Get your personal things in there and live in it a little bit before deciding what you need. I know if may seem like fun to go out buy everything new, but it’s only after you’ve run your weekday routine a few times that you really realize what you’ll use and what you won’t. And your wallet will thank you in the long run.

On painting… I know it may seem super convenient to paint your space while it’s empty, but if you’re picky about finding just the right shade for your walls, wait until you’ve spent some time in each room. Paint a few samples and really pay attention to how each hue looks in the morning light as well as in the evening with your lamps on.

On furnishing… Meet your new BFF: the tape measure. One thing you can do while your new place is empty is measure. Measure everything. Cabinets, drawers, ceilings to floors, walls, windows, hallways, floors. Measure it and diagram each room or section of the house, preferably on graph paper. This keeps your measurements in scale, and you can easily determine where to place the items you own now, as well as the furniture you plan to purchase.



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