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7 Things to Avoid If You Want to Have a Stylish Home

Changing your morning routine can help, too

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Are you the type who instantly jumps out of the bed every morning? Leaving the home with an unmade bed can instantly bring your style game down. After all, who would appreciate being welcomed by a messy space after a long day? Allotting a few minutes fluffing your pillows, folding blankets, and making small changes around the home can help you achieve a stylish yet cozy space. Keep your home’s style and comfort game on point by avoiding these:

1. Dirty windows


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Welcoming guests with dirty windows can send signals that you have an unkempt home. Since dirt and grime can stick to your glass panels, regularly clean your windows and make it part of your weekly cleaning routine. Clean windows not only add to your home’s appeal, it also lets in plenty of natural light—giving you a bright and airy space.

READ: RL Tips: Cleaning Windows

2. An unmade bed


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Pillows in disarray, sheets all over the place, and blankets on the floor don’t paint a picture of a calming bedroom. Keep the vibe soothing by making sure you leave the house with a neat bedroom and a bed free from clutter. Fluff the pillows, pull the sheets, and make sure your side tables are organized, too.

READ: Here’s How to Make Your Bed in 60 Seconds or Less

3. Clutter everywhere

Let’s be honest, it’s hard to maintain a clutter-free home given the things we can’t let go of. The best way to deal with these things is to assign a storage spot for each category. Uncontrolled clutter can instantly ruin the look you’re going for. Have catchalls in the entryway for keys and loose change or place a small basket in the living area for knickknacks. Strategically placed bins and storage nooks can help you keep your belongings in place.

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READ: Common Clutter Problems and How to Solve Them


4. Tangled and exposed wires

It can be difficult to conceal wires, especially if most of your gadgets are in the living area. To maintain a sleek and streamlined look, you can hide the wires behind panels and use cord organizers to keep them in place. If completely concealing them isn’t possible, S-hooks can help you keep wires out of the way so you don’t trip on them. You can also consult with an electrician to see how you can best hide these eyesores.

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READ: 5 Clever Ways to Use Hooks at Home

5. Bad lighting


Lighting can make or break the look you’re going for. Not having enough windows coupled with bad lighting can make your home look cramped and dull; and in turn harsh lighting can be bad for your eyes. To solve this, do your research, opt for quality pieces, and go for balanced lighting that can add to your home’s overall look. Proper lighting can also help set the mood in your space.

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READ: 10 Commandments of Proper Lighting

6. Worn-out fixtures and broken hardware

Check your kitchen cabinets—are the knobs and handles still complete? How about the backsplash—are there chips and cracks? Regular home maintenance means checking your hardware, fixtures, and finishes as well. To keep your home in tip-top shape, make sure that you also pay attention to little details. Consider getting brass fixtures, updating your backsplash, and sprucing up your cabinets with quirky handles. The possibilities are endless, you just have to be creative.


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READ: 10 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Kitchen

7. The absence of plants

Still unsure if you can care for plants at home? There are houseplants that can thrive indoors and can go for weeks without your tender loving care. A pot or two can instantly freshen up a space and make it more inviting. When decorating with plants, pick creative and lovely planters as well to achieve a cohesive look. Aside from indoor plants, you can also try displaying terrariums.

READ: 10 Houseplants Perfect for Lazy People

Source: Apartment Therapy

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