How to create a room you need is as easy as changing out a room you don’t use to it’s full capacity. Here’s how I did it. Twice.
#1. Here is our dining room when we first moved in. We never used it, never liked it. We ate in the kitchen or in front of the TV to avoid the room.
After removing the carpet and widening the doorway, this new look worked well! Thing is, I didn’t realize at the time that I’d get my dream kitchen soon… or that I’d start blogging.
After renovating our kitchen, I thought I ‘had to have’ a kitchen table in that space still. Isn’t that what people just do? Well, I found I was just dusting the table because our kitchen island was designed to eat at.
And then I woke up. The table went, and I built a full blown blog office instead.
What was once a room we never used is now the most used room in the house.
#2. Once upon a time I had this downstairs office. It was part of my dayjob. I never liked being in the room so I didn’t care what it looked like. But the room itself was fabulous!
Thank goodness for a power surge! It blasted that computer to smithereens, forcing me to ditch the office idea.
I proceeded to gut the room and created a MUCH needed and very desired photo studio instead. The room still helps me earn, but in the way that I love. 🙂
When a house is built, rooms are created for standard schmandard uses in obvious places. If you are fortunate enough to have a house built specifically for your very own needs, well, you’re fortunate! But in most cases, we are working within a prebuilt structure. We need to make our homes serve our current needs today.
The good news is, there’s generally a room in your home you may not be using to it’s full capacity. Maybe… just maybe that room could become what you really need instead.
Moving furniture around is free. If you desire an eating area in your living room in front of a fireplace, what’s stopping you from trying it out? Or maybe a teen’s bedroom would be better in a larger basement space? Or if your kiddos are toddlers, maybe that formal dining room would better serve as an extra playroom. For now.
My challenge to you: Flip out a room
Think of what you need. Then look at a room that isn’t working. I challenge you to move the works out and set it up as desired for a trial period. Just. Try. It.
I know exactly what you’re thinking…
“What about resale?”
“But that furniture cost me a fortune!”
“It’s a family heirloom…”
“My family would never go for that!”
Here’s my take.
Your home is yours today. You pay for it and if you’re tight for space like me and utilize every square inch, isn’t it time you allow yourself to use it for your needs today?
Not convinced yet? Next time you’re in a thrift store, crack open an outdated decor magazine and leaf through it.
Times change. Our needs change. Your tastes change. Sticking to just one thing forever that doesn’t work for you is actually doing a huge disservice for your home and family. You have nothing to lose by trying it out.
Store that furniture in the garage for the time being or hand the heirloom to another family member that may need it. Or.. you never know… maybe you could sell it right from your garage and earn some money to buy what you really need instead… how’d I do?
If you’re anything like me, you’ll be so much happier you took the risk!
What do you wish you had? What do you want to flip out?
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2. How to create a new room you NEED