Don’t put off those home renovations

If you are reading this article that means that the world didn’t end on Dec. 21 as predicted. I hope you had a fabulous Christmas and New Years!

I saw a photo on facebook of the circular Mayan calendar beside a picture of an Oreo cookie saying ‘Everything will be all right’ and it made me chuckle. It also reminded me of so many clients I meet who are waiting for that next thing to happen in their lives before they renovate.

It is never too soon to show your home some love. I have so many people tell me they should have done their renovations years ago and are so happy they finally took the plunge.

So many people put things off saying ‘We might sell (in five years)’ or ‘I’m waiting for the kids to move/the dog to pass on/the husband to mature and take his shoes off.”

These are all valid reasons of course! The trouble is, five or six years can whiz by and we are still deciding to renovate which means you have been discontent with your home all the while.

Even if it is a small change, a coat of paint or a few new light fixtures – home improvement is always a good thing for the value of your home and for your emotional well-being.

I’m serious about this. Run down, damaged or faulty products in our home are not good for our well-being; they frustrate us and make our time at home laborious when our home should be our refuge.

Our new home is a joy to me, the space is perfect and I truly love how the colours turned out. I loathe my washer and dryer. It is 12 years old and takes forever to dry a load of jeans. The lint trap spits fuzz all over my basement and I’m sure a fire is going to start in the dryer hose any day.

Guess what I put off doing almost every day? Laundry! I don’t love the task and it is especially horrible in this house.

When we bought the place in July both my fiancé and I said we needed a new laundry pair and now five agonizing months have slid by with me muttering about my laundry room with every load. Today my lovely new front load set was delivered (in a fashionable shade of Desert Plum) and I am bouncing in my seat to get home and do laundry.

My fiancé just called and he has already done two loads which is a tiny miracle! This investment has made a huge part of my chores much more enjoyable, plus they are lovely to look at.

Whether you can’t stand your fridge one more day or you need a new kitchen floor it is important to work on improving your home even a little bit. I visit so many places that are in need of change and I know how rewarding it is for my clients to realize a renovation dream in their home. If you have survived the ‘apocalypse’ don’t put your renovations off another day. I know that sounds like a sales pitch but I can promise you it will give you so much satisfaction in your home.

Kim Lewis is an interior designer in Red Deer with Carpet Colour Centre.

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